Tuesday, January 21, 2020

IGNOU Exempted From UGC's Online Courses Regulations

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been exempted by University Grant Commission (UGC) from its online courses or programmes regulations 2018, according to a press release from the Delhi-based Open University. The higher education regulator, UGC, has made this announcement of amendments in University Grants Commission (Online Courses or Programmes) Regulations, 2018, through a Gazette Notification dated January 17, 2020. 
These amended regulations may be called the University Grants Commission (Online Courses or Programmes) Amendment Regulations, 2020.
The Gazette Notification reads: "In the University Grants Commission (Online Courses or Programmes) Regulations, 2018, in regulation 2, in sub-regulation (2), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-
"Provided that the University Grants Commission may, by order, exempt the Indira Gandhi National Open University, a university established under the Indira Gandhi National Open University Act, 1985 (50 of 1985), from the application of these regulations, considering the objectives of the said Act".
On this significant development, Prof. Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor IGNOU congratulated the IGNOU fraternity and said that it dawns a new era in the history of the university. 
He further emphasized that we should be ready to make use of the opportunity and develop learner centric online programmes for gaining knowledge and enabling them to be 21st Century ready. He further reiterated that we should strive to become a pioneer in online education as well.
The faculty members of the university have welcomed the move.  

Some Universities Awarding Non-Recognised Degrees: UGC

The University Grants Commission (UGC) said that some universities are awarding 'unspecified degrees' which is leading to litigations and different problems for the students conferred with such degrees. The UGC, the higher education regulator, has also asked the universities to abide by the regulations laid by it "to award only such degrees as have been specified by the UGC".
The UGC circular comes after the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), apex consumer commission, directed a Karnataka college recently to refund Rs 1.12 lakh to its 11 students who were awarded degree different from the one that they had enrolled for.
The consumer body had asked St Aloysius Institute of Computer Science, Mangalore to refund the amount within four weeks along with litigation cost to the 11 students who were awarded a degree in M.Sc. Software Technology instead of MS.

Monday, January 20, 2020

IGNOU Organizes Smart IGNOU Hackathon - 2020

In order to promote a culture of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking among young minds, IGNOU is organizing the event Smart IGNOU Hackathon-2020 as an internal Hackathon for its students. The Hackathon at IGNOU is being held from January 17-20, 2020 to find innovative solutions for the problems provided by the MHRD for Smart India Hackathon-2020. A total of 15 teams registered for IGNOU Hackathon out of which nine teams have participated. The teams are working on various socially relevant problems including Healthcare and Biomedical Devices, Automated Transaction System, Farming and Agriculture, Safety App for Women, Web Enabled Solution for Nutritional Problems among Women and Children, Drones, Robotics, Security and Surveillance. Based on their work and performance, six teams will be selected and will be nominated to participate at the National level in the Smart India Hackathon-2020 to be organized by the MHRD and AICTE.

IGNOU January 2020 admission: Last date extended to January 31

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date for online application process January 2020 admissions to January 31, 2020.

The information available on the official website reads “Online Admission
Open for Jan. 2020 Session-Date extended up to 31st January 2020.”
The candidates who are yet to fill up online applications for IGNOU January 2020 session are advised to visit the official website of IGNOU — ignou.ac.in - to submit the online application forms

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Certificate in Arabic Language

Certificate in Arabic Language (CAL)
This programme aims at acquainting the beginners with essential rudiments of the Arabic Language, and gradually and systematically inculcates in them an ability to speak, write and read the language with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence.
 Eligibility for Admission: 10+2, Minimum 18 years of age
Medium of Instruction: English
 Duration of the Programme: Minimum 06 MonthMaximum 01 year
                                                 
Fee structure: Initial Launch fee: Rs. 1800/= for full programme (exclusive of examination fee)
Course Code
Title of course
Credits
 BAL 001
 8
 BAL-002
Communication Skills
8
Project
4
Programme Coordinator:
Dr. Mohammad Saleem
Assistant Professor in Arabic
E-mail: saleem@ignou.ac.in
Contact no. 09013741887, 011-29571637

Certificate in Arabic Language

Certificate in Arabic Language (CAL)
This programme aims at acquainting the beginners with essential rudiments of the Arabic Language, and gradually and systematically inculcates in them an ability to speak, write and read the language with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence.
 Eligibility for Admission: 10+2, Minimum 18 years of age
Medium of Instruction: English
 Duration of the Programme: Minimum 06 MonthMaximum 01 year
                                                 
Fee structure: Initial Launch fee: Rs. 1800/= for full programme (exclusive of examination fee)
Course Code
Title of course
Credits
 BAL 001
 8
 BAL-002
Communication Skills
8
Project
4
Programme Coordinator:
Dr. Mohammad Saleem
Assistant Professor in Arabic
E-mail: saleem@ignou.ac.in
Contact no. 09013741887, 011-29571637

Friday, January 3, 2020

IGNOU Launches Online Course to Learn Arabic Language -CAL

This programme aims at acquainting the beginners with essential rudiments of the Arabic Language, and gradually and systematically inculcates in them an ability to speak, write and read the language with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence.


Eligibility for admission: 10+2, minimum 18 years of age
Medium of Instruction: English
Duration of the programme: Minimum 6 months; maximum 1 year
Fee structure: Initial Launch fee- Rs. 1800/ for full programme (exclusive of examination fee)

IGNOU launches 3 online certificate programmes; check details

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched three online certificate programmes, on offer from the January 2020 admission cycle, namely Certificate in Arabic Language (CAL), Certificate in Russian Language (CRUL), Certificate in Tourism Studies (CTS). The registration can be done on the following link iop.ignouonline.ac.in.
The advantage of the online mode is that a teacher is able to mentor each learner, through a four-quadrant approach. The material provided is rich and easy to comprehend. The learning content includes five hours of videos and associated reading material per credit, which will strengthen the teaching-learning process. The learner will be connected through modern ICT and 24×7 online support shall be provided.
A large number of the workforce has had no formal study in various aspects of tourism. These programmes have been developed keeping in mind people who in future intend to make their career in some branch of tourism, or are already working in tourism related areas at various levels.
Eligibility for admission: 10+2 or its equivalent
Medium of instruction: Hindi and English
Duration of the programme: Minimum 6 months; maximum 1 year (as per UGC Regulation 2018)
Fee structure: Initial Launch fee: Rs. 1800/ for full programme (exclusive of examination fee)
Certificate in Arabic Language (CAL)
This programme aims at acquainting the beginners with essential rudiments of the Arabic Language, and gradually and systematically inculcates in them an ability to speak, write and read the language with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence.
Eligibility for admission: 10+2, minimum 18 years of age
Medium of Instruction: English
Duration of the programme: Minimum 6 months; maximum 1 year
Fee structure: Initial Launch fee- Rs. 1800/ for full programme (exclusive of examination fee)
Certificate in Russian Language (CRUL)
The Certificate in Russian Language is a six-month programme of 16 credits. The objective is to introduce the basics of Russian grammar and phonetics so they can read, write, listen and speak Russian in an accurate manner. The programme is bilingual (Russian/English) in medium. The programme will enable learners to speak and write Russian with confidence in their daily communications.
Eligibility for admission: 10+2, minimum 18 years of age
Medium of instruction: Russian and English
Duration of the programme: Minimum 6 month; maximum 01 year
Fee structure: Initial launch fee: Rs. 2500/ for full programme (exclusive of examination fee).

Thursday, January 2, 2020

IGNOU January 2020 admissions: Registration date extended

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the application deadline for admissions 2020. Interested candidates can apply through the website- ignou.ac.in till January 20 now. The revised deadline is applicable for bachelor’s, PG diploma, diploma, PG certificate, and certificate programmes.
For any queries, candidates can contact the student service centre at ssc@ignou.ac.in, 011-29572513, and 29572514, as well as the student registration division at registrarsrd@ignou.ac.in, 011-29571301, 29571528 Or any of the regional centres/study centres of the University.
IGNOU admissions January 2020: How to apply
Step 1: Visit the official website – http://www.ignou.ac.in
Step 2: On the homepage, click on the link that says, ‘Online admissions open for January 2020 session’
Step 3: You will be directed to a new web page.
Step 4: Register yourself or login using your registered username and password.
Step 5: Fill the application form and click on submit.
Step 6: Take a print out of the application form for future reference.

Friday, December 13, 2019

IGNOU launches Post Graduate Certificate in Climate Change (PGCCC) from July 2019 session



POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CLIMATE CHANGE (PGCCC)

    

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

In the backdrop of importance placed on creating awareness on climate change science and adaptation strategies by various ministries under the Government of India, the programme was tailor-made to incorporate the developments in the domain of climate change with respect to human influences on climate, the consequences of climate change, climate change conventions and protocols. The learners will be enriched with knowledge on the impact of climate change on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The learners will be capacitated with the response options to the climate change like mitigation and adaptation strategies. 


PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

l  To expose the learners to the domain of climate change and conventions on climate change 
l  To acquaint the learners with impacts of climate change on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
l  To equip the learners with the mitigation and adaptation strategies against climate change
l  To develop an understanding on climate change assessment tools 
l  To acquaint the learners with interaction between climate change and society. 

TARGET GROUP 

      School and College level Teachers teaching Environmental Sciences related subjects.
      NGO professional, Environmental Executives, Policy makers, Journalists.

JOB OPPORTUNITY 

The problem of climate change transcends traditional academic boundaries and demands realistic and holistic solutions. This programme is aimed at both recent graduates wishing to specialize in climate change and sustainability, and professionals wishing to extend their knowledge and expertise or seeking a career change. Career opportunities in this wide and growing field are numerous: in industry, academics, consultancies and environmental agencies.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


The programme offered in ODL mode consists of 16 credits with four courses of 4 credits each.
  • Number of credits:  16 (4 Credits per course)
  • Medium: English
  • Duration:  Minimum 6 Months; Maximum-2 years
  • Programme Fee: Rupees 3800/-
  • Eligibility: Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university 

Compulsory Courses: 3

Optional Course: Any one of the optional courses.

Course Code
Course Title

Credits

Compulsory Courses


MEV-021
Introduction to Climate Change 

04
MEV-022
Impacts of Climate Change

04
MEV-023
Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

04

Optional Courses (Choose any one) 


MEV-024
Climate Change Assessment Tools

04
MEV-025
Climate Change and Society

04


Programme Coordinator:  
Dr. V. Venkat Ramanan,
School of Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Studies,
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068
Phone: 011-29571121
E-mail: vvramanan@ignou.ac.in


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

IGNOU launches Bachelor of Business Administration (Services Management) programme in collaboration with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd. (MKCL) from January, 2020 Admission Cycle

IGNOU’s School of Management Studies has launched Work-based Bachelor of Business Administration (Services Management) Programme in collaboration with MKCL from January, 2020 Admission Cycle. The programme shall be on offer through ODL mode. The Students of this programme are required to be working in an organization offering a real-life work-experience to them in various entry-level roles in any of the service sectors during the entire minimum period of the programme (i.e. 3 years). 
The focus of this programme is on the ability enhancement & work based learning and to make students employable. This programme is in the form of e-Learning supported workplace provided by the industry partner wherein the learners get an intensive exposure, experience and practical skills under the guidance of mentor(s).It is an innovative learning programme which blends the work environment and learning environment.
Eligibility:
In order to qualify for admission to this programme the applicant should:
·                     have passed 10+2 or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution as on 1st January, 2020.
·                     have attained at least 18 years of age, as on 1st January, 2020.
·                     have passed the entrance examination conducted for the purpose of admission to this programme
·                     be working / willing to work in services industry as a full time Intern / Apprentice/ Employee       
Duration:
The minimum duration of the Programme is 3 years and the maximum duration is 6 years.
The programme will be of 132 credits.
This program is being designed and developed for young aspiring professionals who want to pursue a bright career in ever growing Services Industry.  The programme attempts to create a degree program for making quality manpower available to the Services Sector of India.
Filling up Online Application for Entrance Test: December 10 to December 20, 2019
Online Entrance Test: December 22, 2019
Programme coordinators; Dr. Anjali C. Ramteke, Contact No. - 011-29573021, 011-29573001, email: aramteke@ignou.ac.in ; Dr. Leena Singh, Contact No. – 011-29573033, email: leenasingh@ignou.ac.in
                           
For more information about the entrance exam, online application and other details, please visit www.ignou.mkcl.org

IGNOU introduces MA in Journalism and Mass Communication

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched two new courses which would begin from the session of January 2020. IGNOU has launched the courses of MA in Journalism and Mass Communication and Bachelor of Business Administration (Services Management).
The application process for the new courses has begun on the official website and the last date for the interested candidates to apply is December 31, 2019.

Official press release:

"The programme will be useful for those who intend to make a full-time career in the print media, radio, television, new media, advertising, public relations, media research and development media sectors. It will be equally relevant for those who are already employed in any of these media and would like to upgrade their knowledge and skills."

New courses' eligibility criteria, fee:

For MA Mass Communication and Journalism:
Graduates are eligible to apply for an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication course. The fee for the entire course is Rs 25,000/ for two years which is payable in two instalments of Rs 12,500/ per year.
For BBA programme:
  • The university's BBA programme is in collaboration with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL).
  • The students of this programme are required to be working in an organization offering a real-life work-experience to them in various entry-level roles in any of the service sectors during the entire minimum period of the programme, which is 3 years.
For the BBA course:
Candidates must be Class 10+2 passed. Selection would be through the entrance test.
Candidates who intend to join the BBA course can apply latest by December 20, 2019.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

IGNOU bags 2nd Prize in Swachh Campus Ranking 2019 of Higher Educational Institutions in the Non-Residential University Category

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been ranked 2nd in Swachh Campus Ranking 2019 of Higher Educational Institutions in the Non-Residential University Category. The award was received by Prof. Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU from Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Higher Education. Prof. Satyakam, Pro-VC IGNOU was also present at the dais along with VC to receive the award.

The rankings were announced at the Swachhta Ranking Award Ceremony held today in New Delhi. Chairman UGC, Shri D.P.Singh and Chairman AICTE, Shri Anil Sahasrabudhe were also present along with other officials during the event.

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri  Ramesh Pokhriyal addressed the participants through video-conference and stressed on the need to save water and urged every student to pledge to save at-least one-liter of water daily.

On being awarded the 2nd prize in the Swachh Campus Ranking 21019, Prof. Nageshwar Rao, VC IGNOU complimented the IGNOU employees including faculty members, and administrative staff for maintaining high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the campus. He said we should also work towards conserving water and energy.

This year 6900 Institutions had applied in different categories. The institutions were shortlisted based on cut-off after inspection by AICTE & UGC. Best 52 institutions were selected.

The different categories included; Universities (Residential & Non-Residential), Colleges  (Residential & Non-Residential), Technical Institutions (Universities – Residential), Technical Colleges (Residential & Non-Residential). This year new categories; One-Student One Tree, Solar Powered Lamp, and Jal Shakti Abhiyan (water conservation) were also introduced.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Outside IGNOU, zero transgender students in Central Universities: MHRD

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Human Resource Development told Parliament on December 2 that there isn’t even a single transgender student in any of the conventional Central Universities.
However, 814 transgender students have enrolled over the past five years in Indira Gandhi National Open University which runs distance education programmes.

A Supreme Court judgement in 2014, popularly known as the NALSA judgement after main petitioner – the National Legal Services Authority of India – had recognised transgender people as the “third gender” and also as a backward class deserving of affirmative action in the form of reservation in education and employment.

Five years later, like the missing students, transgender teachers are missing from the Central Universities as well. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019, passed Rajya Sabha last week, is not likely to help change things as it has laid out a complicated process for declaring transgender identity. The Bill has been widely criticised by the community. A statement issued by the community after it was passed said: “It violates the NALSA judgment by framing a two-step process where transgender identity is first mandatorily granted by a District Magistrate with a requirement for surgery before one can change this to a binary gender marker.”


Monday, December 2, 2019

IGNOU commences admission process for January 2020 session, check details

Interested candidates can apply through the website- ignou.ac.in


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started the admission process for January 2020 session. The admission process has commenced for over 150 courses bachelors and masters degree programmes for its January 2020 session.



Interested candidates can apply through the website- ignou.ac.in. The first time applicants are advised to click the available programme tab on the homepage of the online admission system and select the desired programme and carefully read the details of programme including eligibility criteria, fee details, duration, etc.
Programmes offered
Master’s degrees
Online Mode: Master of Computer Applications (MCA); Master of Science(Food Nutrition); MA (Rural Development); Master of Science (Counselling and Family Therapy); Master of Tourism and Travel Management (MTTM); MA (English); MA (Hindi); Master of Social Work (MSW); Master of Social Work (Counseling); MA (Philosophy); MA (Economics); MA (History); MA (Political Science); MA (Public Administration); MA (Sociology); MA (Gandhi & Peace Studies); MA (Psychology); Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS); MA (Anthropology); MA (Development Studies); MA( Adult Education); MA (Gender & Development Studies); MA(Women and Gender Studies); MA (Distance Education); Master of Commerce (M.Com); MA (Translation Studies)
Offline mode: MA (Education); M.Com (F&T); M.Com (BP&CG); and M.Com (MA&FS) in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Institute of Cost Accountants of India