Tuesday, January 17, 2017

National ODL Centre for Local Governance (NOCLG) -IGNOU

The National ODL Centre for Local Governance (NOCLG) has been established to catalyze the process of democratic decentralization. It is expected that the Centre will facilitate developing a clear vision and strategy to plan and provide for an appropriate educational and training intervention to meet the challenge of facilitating and expediting the silent revolution expected to be brought about by the 73rd & 74th Amendment of the Constitution. The main objectives of the Centre will be to:
Objectives
  • Conduct research on specific problems and issues of local self-government institutions and related areas;
  • Design and develop appropriate multi-mode educational and training interventions/courses necessary for capacity building of elected members and functionaries of local self-government institutions;
  • Hold consultative conferences or other meetings to create a conducive environment for effective policy inputs and field level implementation of development interventions taken up by of local self-government institutions;
  • Establish linkage with similar institutions in the country as well as similar organizations in other countries towards the furtherance of above objectives; and
  • Serve as a clearing house for information sharing on various aspects of local self-governance and promote dissemination of information through publications.

Delhi govt to come up with more vocational training centres


In order to promote skill-based education, Delhi government is in process of opening new vocational training centres and strengthening the existing ones, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said here on Monday.

Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, made the remarks during a meeting with a visiting delegation from Australia and senior officials of the Department of Education who discussed setting up of training institutes to enhance the training of educators and improve vocational courses and skill development programmes in the national capital.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Inter University Consortium for Technology Enabled Flexible Education and Development (IUC-TEFED) -IGNOU

Structure
The structure of Inter University Consortium (IUC) is on the lines of Pan-African e-Network and the existing consortia of UGC, AIU etc. All the Open Universities in the country can be the founding members.
Conventional universities, NGOs, corporate organisations etc., involved in the development of Education and Training, can also be invited for collaboration and partnership.
IUC shall have a Governing Council and will be assisted by:
  •  Academic Board/Committee
  •  Technical Advisory Committee
  • Research & Development Committee
  •  Finance Committee
  •  Evaluation Committee
Vision
  • Provide lead in the transformation of the conventional distance learning to modern
  • ICT-enabled, multimedia based, online learning.

Internationalising Indian universities – The way forward

With a population nearing 1.3 billion, half of which is 25 years or younger, and a projection that by 2030 India will have 140 million people in the college-going age range, the country holds great potential to become a major source for world talent.

The major challenge higher education policy-makers face is to put in place an effective system capable of educating and training this young population to deliver on the ‘demographic dividend’.

Size and shape of higher education

The Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education – the number of individuals participating as a percentage of the college-age population – is estimated by the All India Survey on Higher Education or AISHE 2015 to be 23% – significant growth from the 0.4% in 1950-51.

The government’s stated aim is to achieve 30% by 2020. Various estimates indicate that to achieve this would require an additional 1,500 higher education institutions.

Why a model curriculum won’t work -UGC

For much of the world, including for the University Grants Commission or UGC of India, the pursuit of ‘quality higher education for all’ is a key goal. The UGC, in liaison with other regulators like the All India Council for Technical Education, has proposed a model curriculum – for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and any associated core or elective courses – as part of the solution. 

However, standardised or so-called ‘model curricula’ are ineffective when students with a variety of academic abilities are enrolled onto courses. Those nations which have seen a massive rate of increase in enrolment over a short period of time often face this challenge. Regulators who insist that a model curriculum be followed are actually part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

We need to abandon the one-size-fits-all mentality. What is important is that there should be continuous improvements in the quality of education and that this should be judged by factoring in the variability of the quality of the students who are enrolled on a course. 

In an expanding higher education environment, it is likely that many institutions will enrol students with a lower level of basic skills (reading, basic maths, thinking, etc) than institutions did a decade ago.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Poor want English to be taught in govt schools from beginning

NEW DELHI: People from the poorest section of the society feel that English is an avenue for better life and want the government schools to teach this language to their students from the beginning, a Group of Secretaries set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in its report.

It has also made a number of other recommendations like favouring detention policy in various classes and making yoga or sports a part of education curriculum for better physical development of children, sources said here on Sunday.

In its report to the Prime Minister, the Group has reflected the aspirations of the poor parents who cannot afford to send their wards to private schools which are 'English medium' and feel their children are deprived because government schools do not teach English from the beginning level, the sources said.


Education not commodity, student not consumer: Consumer forum


NEW DELHI: A youth's plea against an institute for allegedly not providing him with an internship or job as promised at the time of admission, has been rejected by a consumer forum here which observed that "education is not a commodity".

A Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (West) rejected the plea of the youth who sought refund of the Rs 3.52 lakh fee paid by him to pursue PG Diploma in Event Management and Public Relations at a private institute here.

The complainant, a Noida resident, had also sought compensation of Rs 40,000 on account of mental pain and agony and deficiency in service from the institute and its Executive Director.

"The complainant took admission with the opposite party, an education institution for pursuing PG Diploma in event management and Public Relations on payment of requisite fee.

"The opposite parties (institute and Executive Director) are imparting education. Therefore as held by Supreme Court, National Commission and State Commission of Chandigarh consistently, education is not a commodity and they are not service providers and the complainant is not a consumer under the Consumer Protection Act," a forum bench headed by Presiding Officer R S Bagri said.

The forum accepted the assertion of the institute and its executive director that the complaint was not maintainable as the complainant "does not fall within the definition of consumer as provided under the Consumer Protection Act."


It observed that "education is not a commodity".


The bench, while deciding the matter, considered various verdicts of the Supreme Court, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission and a state commission, all of which had held that students are not consumers.


The youth had approached the consumer forum after he was refused a refund from the institute, which denied the allegations of any unfair trade practice.

Extension of Last date for Fresh Admission and RR Form for January 2017 Session

As desired by the competent authority, the last date for Fresh Admission and RR for January 2017 session is extended upto 23rd January, 2017
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without late fee, keeping in view numerous complaints from the students  regarding erratic working of the website.


Thanks and regards,
 

Regional Director
IGNOU Regional Centre, Delhi-I
J-2/1, Block B-1
Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate
Mathura Road, New Delhi - 110044
Ph. 011-26990082, 26990083. Fax: 011-26990084

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) of IGNOU

The Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) has emerged as a major hub for the use of electronic media in distance education. Housed in the Sanchar Kendra Complex at Maidan Garhi campus in New Delhi, it serves as a Nodal Resource Centre in production, dissemination and transmission of educational software in the country, utilising a wide range of communication media. The facilities are being shared with various educational and training institutions, State Open Universities, Central and State Govt Ministries/Departments, NGOs, corporate bodies and other sectors.
The major activities undertaken by the Centre are the production and dissemination of educational audio-video programmes. Curriculum-based audio-video programmes are developed to supplement the courseware of IGNOU by a trained and skilled in-house staff, using state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, freelance filmmakers have been empanelled and suitable programmes are also sourced from agencies such as UKOU, Transtel DW TV and RCI, etc.
Both broadcast and non-broadcast modes of delivery are adopted. The cassettes/CDs are sent to RCs/SCs and are also sold at reasonable rates through the Marketing Unit of the EMPC.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Campus Placement Cell (CPC) of IGNOU

The  mission and endeavor of this Cell is to enhance and facilitate the process of gainful employment for its divergent and distributive learner population for entry-level jobs as well as mid-career level employment opportunities, matching and commensurate with their personal and academic profiles. In the present day business scenario, companies demand job-ready candidates for employment at the shortest possible time period.
The qualified students are expected to be equipped with employable skills suitable for respective sectors. Taking into account this scenario, the cell has aligned its strategies to enhance the Employ-ability Quotient of our students by imparting employable skills training after their skills mapping and bridging the gaps through appropriate training.
The cell conducts on-campus and off-campus placement and employ-ability enhancement activities at the headquarters and at some Regional Centres.
The CPC will be operationalizing placement cells at 6 Regional Centres of IGNOU that have very large IGNOU alumni in order to reach out to the dispersed IGNOU alumni more effectively


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course

EDUCAUSE has defined an initial eight digital capabilities for higher education and developed corresponding maturity and technology deployment assessments. This article describes those capabilities and provides advice for attaining them. 

http:/er.educause.edu/articles/2016/12/the-digitization-of-higher-education-charting-the-course

Technology's value to organizations and individuals increasingly extends beyond productivity to the enhancement of learning, collaborating, and decision making. Organizations thus find it increasingly important to develop and apply digital capabilities in order to survive, let alone thrive. It no longer suffices to think of technology as merely an arms race, in which the winners keep getting faster and cheaper. The fast and cheap of automation and storage form the base of a pyramid rapidly gaining additional layers, with social and mobile new layers that have emerged in just the past decade. Cloud and analytics are newer still, and the Internet of Things layer is still being built.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Photographs During Coordinator Meeting on 07.01.2017




Extension of Last date

It is informed that the last date for Fresh and Re-Registration for January 2017 session has been extended upto 16th January, 2017 without late fee.

Thanks and regards,


Regional Director
IGNOU Regional Centre, Delhi-I
J-2/1, Block B-1
Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate
Mathura Road, New Delhi - 110044
Ph. 011-26990082, 26990083. Fax: 011-26990084

About Distance Education

About Distance Education

The open and distance learning system in India has emerged as an important mode for providing education to diverse sections of society. Besides, the changing dynamics of the ODL system in the last six decades have been encouraging. With the proliferation in the ICT, the boundaries of classroom or campus are becoming blurred. As it is said, the temporal and spatial boundaries have disappeared ( Kulandaiswamy, 2011). The impressive number of ODL institutions in the country bear testimony to the fact. Single-mode open universities have increased from four in number during the 8th Plan period to 14 in the 10th Plan period. The number of dual mode universities offering programmes through the distance mode (DEIs) has risen to more than 200. This is due to the fact that the growth in the infrastructure for face-to-face instruction is unable to match the educational demands of the ever-increasing number of aspiring students. At present nearly 25% students of higher education in the country are enrolled in the ODL system. 

In the last six decades the ODL system has registered a phenoimenal growth in the context of expansion and diversification of higher education. From a single institution in 1962 ( Delhi University) the number of ODL institutions has reached approximately 250 including Central, State, Deemed to be and Private Universities along with many stand alone institutions.

Source : http://www.ugc.ac.in/deb/aboutDEB.html
Distance Education Board 

IGNOU launches Certificate Programme in Russian Language


The School of Foreign Languages of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a Certificate programme in Russian Language which aims to provide the basics of Russian Language for beginners enabling them to read, write and speak Russian language in an accurate manner.
The six month duration programme worth 16 credits is bilingual (Russian/English) and is offered through Open and Distance Learning mode through Self Learning Material integrated with Audio-Visual components.
 
The programme is useful for all sections of society and especially for those engaged in Tourism, Defense, Multinationals, Education, BPO, KPO and SMEsectors. It is equally useful for fresh graduates who wish to go to Russia and the CIS for further studies, said Shivaji Bhaskar- Programme Coordinator & Faculty of Russian at SOFL IGNOU.
According to Prof. Anju Sehgal Gupta, Director, SOFL, “the demand of Russian in India is ever-growing. As one of the official language of the UN, knowledge of Russian will certainly give an added advantage to learners in their respective fields.
 
The last date for admission is 16th January , 2017.
 
The Common Prospectus is available at all the Regional Centres/ Study Centres of the University which can be obtained in person on payment of Rs. 200/- or through post by sending a DD for Rs. 250/-.
 
 Students can take admission through our Online Admission System as well though the link given below :
 
For further details please visit University website www.ignou.ac.in.