College students can pursue IGNOU courses simultaneously

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New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) Giving a boost to distance learning programme, regular students enrolled in colleges through the conventional system can now simultaneously enroll for a degree of the same level in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

This novel scheme on "Convergence of Conventional Education and Distance Learning" was launched today on the Foundation Day of the open university by Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh.

In such a case, credit transfer will be given due consideration through an MoU between IGNOU and respective University, said an IGNOU spokesperson.

Hence, a student can complete the first year of a course in the conventional face to face mode of education while the second year can be pursued in distance mode.

Under this scheme, some new programmes leading to joint degree between two Universities may be mutually identified by IGNOU and any interested conventional University. The programme will be jointly formulated and IGNOU will supplement the face to face instruction of the conventional University with Open and Distance Learning (ODL) component.

Institutions may offer Under Graduate/Post Graduate programmes of IGNOU. The scheme provides for combination of use of printed self learning course material, face to face academic counselling enabled by technology Under Graduate/Post Graduate students of the respective college and adjoining Institutions may enroll for Certificate/Diploma Programme of IGNOU as a value added programme. The mode of programme transaction will be either face to face or ODL. In both case IGNOU will provide the course materials, he said.

Former Chief Justice of India and former NHRC Chairman Justice M N Venkatachaliah delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on "Education, Democracy and Development".


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