IGNNOU to provide tele-education service to AU

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New Delhi, Jun 1 (UNI) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will soon provide tele-education services to all the 53 countries of the African Union (AU), Vice Chancellor V N Rajasekharan Pillai said.

For this purpose, a satellite and Optic Fibre based ''Pan-African e-Network'' connecting India and 53 member countries of African Union will be set up, he said.

An agreement to this effect has been signed by the Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) and IGNOU, a IGNOU spokesperson said today.

IGNOU's services will consist of preparing the electronic content in different educational courses for various African countries covering Post Graduation, Graduation and Diploma/ Certification level programmes in the fields of Science, Engineering, Arts, Business Administration, Healthcare, Nurses' Training, Teachers' training etc. as desired by the Ministry of External Affairs and Individual African countries participating in the network.

The University will also arrange for delivering of lectures/e-content as per schedules drawn by TCIL in consultation with MEA, IGNOU and the experts from the identified Universities in Africa as per the requirement.

The main obligations of TCIL will be to establish Tele-education studio set up with associated hardware/software for Tele-education application at the IGNOU campus and to establish communication links for Tele-education Services, the spokesperson said.

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