Monday, September 3, 2018

What is the role of the university in the digital age?

President Michael D Higgins  Issue No:409

Much of the literature on the future of higher education in the digital age has been almost apocalyptic. Predicting the transformation of the sector by "the forces of technology and globalisation", the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research warned in its 2013 report, An Avalanche is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead: "the solid classical buildings of great universities may look permanent but the storms of change now threaten them". 
Outlining "the threat posed to traditional 20th century universities if key institutions don’t change radically", they identified the "entirely new models of university which are seeking to exploit […] globalisation and the digital revolution" as "the new competition, the real threat".

Similarly Ernst and Young’s 2012 report, University of the Future: A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change, suggested that, just as: "digital technologies have transformed media, retail, entertainment and many other industries – higher education is next".

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Association of Universities

The idea of bringing together all the universities on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of a Conference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities convened by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India at Shimla in 1924. The Inter-University Board (IUB) of India was subsequently formed on March 23, 1925, with the view of promoting university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. The Inter-University Board acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name : The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, professional universities, Institutes of National Importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Policy on Pursuing two or more Programmes Simultaneously

Policy on Pursuing two or more Programmes Simultaneously

The Distance Education Council in its 40th meeting held on 08 June 2012 approved a policy
on pursuing two or more programmes simultaneously in various combinations as under.
Two Degree Programmes cannot be allowed to be pursued simultaneously. However, a
student can pursue two programmes simultaneously through distance mode or combination of
distance and regular modes from the same or different Universities / Institutions in various
combinations, viz.,

1. One Degree and one Diploma/ P G Diploma/ Certificate
2. One P G Diploma and one Diploma/ Certificate
3. One Diploma and one Certificate
4. Two P G Diplomas
5. Two Diplomas
6. Two Certificates

Student Innovation Award 2018

Indira Gandhi National Open University
National Centre for Innovation in Distance Education
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110 068

Date : August 23, 2018

Notification for Inviting Entries for
 "Student Innovation Award 2018"

In order to identify, recognise and promote the innovations by students, National Centre for Innovation in Distance Education (NCIDE), IGNOU invites entries on innovations carried out by the IGNOU students in different fields. If any bonafide student of IGNOU with valid registration has done any kind of innovation in any field of life, he/she may submit his/her entry in the prescribed format through his/her Regional Centre. The entries duly verified by the concerned Regional centre are to be submitted by post at the following address :

National Centre for Innovation in Distance Education (NCIDE)
Zakir Hussain Bhawan (G Block), New Academic Complex
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110 068

The last date for submitting the entries of innovation is September 30, 2018. The coordinator of the award scheme, Dr. Oum Prakash Sharma, Dy. Director, NCIDE may be contacted on his e-mail or on phone +91-11-29573069 during office hours in case of any doubt/query. The Application Form may be downloaded from IGNOU website at

(Prof. Manoj Kulshrestha)
Director, NCIDE

Saturday, August 25, 2018

One day Conference on Librarian Day(17 September 2018) on Library Professional at the Crossroads

21 August, 2018
On the occassion of Librarians' Day17 September 2018 , one day conference is being organised by Professor G Ram Reddy Library, IGNOU on 'Library Professional at the Crossroads' 
Kindly Register using the following link before before 31st August, 2018  

AICTE approval not necessary for IGNOU B.Tech. Degree/Diplomas: Supreme Court

20 August, 2018
In a recent judgement in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 382 of 2018 delivered on   30 July 2018, the Hon’ble Supreme court of India has ruled that AICTE approval for IGNOU’s B.Tech. degree/Diplomas is not necessary.  This verdict has given big relief to the students who had earned their B.Tech Degree/Diplomas from IGNOU.
It is hoped that IGNOU’s B.Tech Degree/Diploma holders, who had faced problems in their respective organizations would get due benefits in recruitment/promotion and further higher studies.

Campus Placement Drive for IGNOU students on August 29, 2018 in IGNOU Campus

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Public Notice on Recognition of Distance Education Programmes

Bahadur Shah ZafarMarg
New Delhi – 110002

F.No.1-6/2018(DEB-I) 12th August, 2018
Public Notice
Recognition of Distance Education Programmes

In view of recent news articles on ‘Recognition of Distance Education Programmes’ by the UGC / ‘Open courses of 35 universities ‘derecognised’ published in media/newspapers, it is clarified that process of recognition of Distance Education programmes of universities submitted applications for recognition for the year 2018-19 and onwards is still on,and so far no open course of applicant universities has been derecognised. As per UGC(ODL) Regulations, 2017, recognition or otherwise is programme specific; not university specific and the recognition process is a multi-step process.
The programmes complying to provisions of UGC(Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments get recognitions in the first stage. For the programmes found deficient, HEIs can submit representations within 30 days along with documentary evidence for consideration for recognitions in the second stage. Thereafter, if the Programmes still remaining deficient, HEIs have an appeal option.

The recognition process implementation details are:
1. The recognition status uploaded on 9th August, 2018 on UGC website details programme wise recognition accorded to the HEIs.

2. The UGC letter detailing programme wise recognition status and programme wise deficiency(s) to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), as applicable, will be issued by August 16, 2018.

3. For the programmes found deficient as per the provisions of UGC(Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, HEIs will be provided an opportunity to make representation within 30 days from the date of the UGC letter.

4. The process as at Sr. no. 3 above implies that the deficient programmes have an opportunity to rectify deficiencies communicated and get recognition, if they comply to provisions of UGC(ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments.

5. All representations received will be processed and decisions will be communicated, on priority.

6. For the programmes still having deficiencies at the end of process as mentioned above, HEIs will have an opportunity to make an appeal as per the provisions of the UGC(ODL) Regulations, 2017.
University Grants Commission 

Press Release on UGC Recognition of Distance Education Programmes

With reference to the Public Notice F.No.1-6/2018(DEB-I) dated 9th August, 2018 issued by the University Grants Commission pertaining to recognition of Academic programmes offered by IGNOU under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode from 2018-19 to 2022-23, it is clarified that University Grants Commission gives recognition only for the programmes at Undergraduate and Post-graduate level as per sub-regulation (2) of Regulation 1 of Part I of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. As far as Certificate and Diploma Programmes are concerned, Indira Gandhi National Open University is free to offer these programmes under ODL mode after the approval of the statutory bodies.

Accordingly, all the Certificate and Diploma Programmes offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University under ODL mode are valid and continue to remain on offer.
It is further clarified that IGNOU’s professional programmes like B.Ed, Post-Basic B.Sc. Nursing, Master of Business Administration, Master of Computer Applications have been recognized by the respective Regulatory Bodies and the relevant documents have been submitted to UGC for consideration.

Extension of last date for July 2018 cycle of admission till 31.08.2018

It is to inform you that the last date for July 2018 fresh admission has been extended from 16th August 2018 to 31st August 2018 in respect of all Programmes except Certificate Programmes. 

This may kindly be given wide publicity.

With regards,
Shyni Duggal
Assistant Regional 
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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Notice for 8339 teaching jobs at Kendriya Vidyalaya released

NEW DELHI: Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has issued a notified for recruiting 8339 Principal, TGT, PGT, PRT, Librarian and Vice-Principal posts. 

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online through the official website ( starting from August 24, 2018 to September 13, 2018. 


Delhi government needs 7000 Field Surveyors; apply @

NEW DELHI: Delhi government has invited application for the post of Field Surveyor for the Planning Department from graduates having smart phones. 

The field work for collection of data will be carried out during October-November, 2018. For this work Delhi Govt needs around 7000 Field Surveyors. 

Candidates can apply through the Delhi government official website by August 31, 2018. 
The application is invited from Graduates/retired teachers/retired govt. officials/ civil Defense volunteers etc, who are willing to work as Field Surveyors on short term basis for collection of household data can apply for the same. 

The planning department of government of NCT of Delhi is to take up the work for updation/collection of household data in Delhi on key socio-economic parameters in the field of Education, health, Employment, Income, Socio-economic vulnerability etc on real time basis through Directorate of Economic and statistics. 

Qualification: Minimum Educational Qualification for applying as Field Surveyor is Graduation and candidate should possess smart phone for filling of e-Schedule and proficiency to type in English in mobile application. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Is enrolling graduates directly to PhD a wise move

IIMs plan to take graduates directly into their PhD programmes, which will benefit research. Would this create more researchers or decline quality of research.

There should be no distinction

In reality, we are seeking no change with respect to the substantive aspects of our programme. Our Fellow Programme in Management (for which we want to award the PhD) has always admitted those who have done professional courses or four-year bachelor’s degree, along with those who have done their master’s. This has always benefitted our research quality. However, the ministry needs to give a clear mandate on this. Such a clarification from the Ministry will benefit the research students.

G Raghuram, director, IIM Bangalore

I am still a student, says 78-year-old at JNU convocation

Vishnu Swaroop Saksena, 78, was conferred with a PhD degree at JNU's second convocation. He enrolled at JNU after retirement in 2008 for a Master's course. 

Saksena begin his research 'the trail of two ancient scripts - Brahmi and Kharoshti' in 2012. 

"As a student I welcome the move of convocation as it gives us a platform to receive degrees formally. It was my first ever degree as I could not receive my Bachelor's degree," said Saksena.

Studying at an age of retirement was fun for him. "I enjoyed talking to people and reaching grassroots during my research. It provided me with first hand information on ancient history," he says.