Tuesday, December 18, 2012

President of India (Visitor -IGNOU)


Mr Pranab Mukherjee


Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of Republic of India has played a key role in public life for more than four decades. Before becoming the President of India he served as Finance Minister in Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s cabinet.
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi recognised his talents and made him a part of her party. Mrs. Gandhi gave him a seat in the Rajya Sabha from the Congress party in July 1969. Mr. Mukherjee was later re-elected in 1975, 1981, 1993 and 1999.
He also held several important ministerial portfolios including Defence and External Affairs in the Union Cabinet.
Mr. Mukherjee's positions in chronological order:
  • 1973–74:Union Minister of Industrial Development
  • 1974: Union Minister of Shipping and Transport
  • 1974-75Minister of State for Finance
  • 1975-77: Union Minister of Revenue and Banking
  • 1980-82: Union Minister of Commerce and Steel and Mines
  • 1982-84: Union Minister of Finance
  • 1982-85: Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund
  •  1982-85: Board of Governors of the World Bank
  • 1982-84: Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank
  • 1982-85: Board of Governors of the African Development Bank
  •  1984: Union Minister of Commerce and Supply
  •  1984 and 209-12: Chairman of the Group of 24 (a ministerial group attached to IMF and World Bank)
  • 1991-96: Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission
  • 1993-95: Union Minister of Commerce
  •  1995-96: Union Minister of External Affairs
  • 1995: President, SAARC Council of Ministers' Conference
  • 1999-2012: Chairman of the Central Election Coordination Committee 1999–2012
  • 2004-2006:Union Minister of Defence
  • 2006-2009: Union Minister of External Affairs
  • 2009-2012: Union Minister of Finance
Mr. Mukherjee holds MA degree in History and Political Science and also a degree in law from the University of Calcutta. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Wolverhampton in 2011. He was also awarded an honorary D.Litt by the Assam University in March 2012.
He is married to Suvra Mukherjee and has two sons and a daughter.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Two schools under one roof

As the Bosnian government seeks to reintegrate education after the war of the 1990s, Two Schools Under One Roof is a first step.

“It was easy with people but not easy with politics”. Halid Mustafic is Director of the Konjic School in Bosnia Herzogovina.
Following the Bosnian war in the 1990s the education system was left divided along ethnic lines. Bosniak Muslims, Croats and Serbs were taught separately and with completely different curricula.
The government is looking to integrate education where the local populations are themselves mixed. Thus Bosniaks and Croats, living side by side, should be able to attend the same school.
The policy is being implemented gradually with the first stages being ‘Two schools under one roof’. Here the two communities share a school building but the children are taught separately in it. This film reflects on this and on recent moves to share the management and leadership of these unique institutions.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Can computers take the teacher out of the classroom?

The Hole In The Wall experiment uncovered some surprising findings about how children from the poorest parts of India react to, and interact with, computers - and how the findings are shaping education in classrooms.

Teachers Beyond Borders

Introducing Teachers Beyond Borders, a non-profit organisation passionate about boosting literacy and teaching standards for children with special needs in Ghana 

“We had so much knowledge that we could exchange and so much experience to share...”
Judy Lawson is the co-founder of Teachers Beyond Borders, a not-for-profit organisation based in North London working with special needs education in Ghana.
Championing an interactive approach with children at the centre of learning, they work with teachers and connect them with others both within Ghana, the UK and elsewhere. In doing so they recognised that their expertise had to be coupled with the local knowledge and understanding of teachers in Ghana.
Although they had expected to focus on staff development but soon found that they had to address issues of resourcing and infrastructure. Changing the curriculum and pedagogical approach has many other implications.

Material Production & Distribution Division (MPDD) of IGNOU

The Material Production and Distribution is one of the most important subsystems of the Distance Education and Open Learning System. Material Production & Distribution Division (MPDD) handles the production and distribution of self-instructional material for various programmes and courses of the University. It is responsible for timely printing and dispatch of study material to the learners as well as to Regional/ Study Centres of IGNOU. Distribution of print materials comprising self-instructional materials, assignments, programme guides, prospectus/ handbooks (application forms and other miscellaneous items) is a formidable task given to this Division. It also undertakes the activity of synchronisation of production of materials/assignments, printing the required number of these materials, storing and inventory control of these materials and despatching them to the individual students (course-wise and medium-wise), IGNOU’s RCs/Scs through the postal system. By nature the entire task is a complex operation and is compounded by a large number of students changing their addresses, medium of instruction and courses very often.

Important functions carried out by MPDD are as under:
  • Material Requirement Planning,
  • Purchase and issue of Offset Printing Paper and Art Card to the Printers for printing the study materials,
  • Maintenance of inventory of study materials and other related items,
  • Distribution of study materials to the students,
  • Distribution of study materials to Regional Centres/ Study Centres of IGNOU,
  • Sale of study materials to the Open University, other Institutions, agents and general public, and
  • Meeting the printing requirements of Functional Divisions and special printing requirement of the University
  • Execution of complete reprinting work of IGNOU and Printing work of New Schools
  • Printing requirements of Functional Divisions and Special printing jobs like convocation materials are also responsibility of MPDD


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BPP Programme of IGNOU

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BPP Programme of IGNOU