Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Internationalisation – What do students think?

‘South to South’ student migration has, arguably, different ‘push and pull’ factors compared with ‘North to North’ (or ‘South to North’) migration. In the former, international students are driven by incentives such as geographical proximity, low fees and cultural similarities. 

Against this backdrop, countries like China, India and Malaysia are becoming active players on the global education scene, although India is considerably lagging behind. 

India is late to the market – its recent 2018 ‘Study in India’ plan focuses on recruiting international students from neighbouring countries, and Africa in particular, and aims to increase its current number of less than 50,000 international students to 200,000 over the next five years. How realistic is this new policy? 

A recent survey of international students in Kerala, one of India’s southern states, provides an insight into the challenges faced.

More ‘institutes of eminence’ to be selected despite row

The Indian government is set to expand its list of ‘Institutes of Eminence’ even as two of the private institutions listed among its first half a dozen institutions aiming for world-class status announced this month have come under question, and following rows over top public universities left off the list. 

The government is also considering expanding the international panel formed to select the institutions to have more India-based academics to better monitor the progress of the selected institutions, according to the Human Resource Development Ministry. 

The Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) was set up in February this year to select 20 Institutes of Eminence – 10 from the public sector and 10 from the private sector – to be granted increased autonomy and in the case of public institutions, extra government funding. However, only six were announced on 9 July, three public and three private, from the 114 eligible institutions that applied. 

"As and when we get more suggestions by the EEC, we will declare a total of 20 institutes for the status," R Subramanyam, the secretary for higher education in the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said recently. 

IGNOU announces admission for Japanese Language Programme

30 July, 2018
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced admission for Certificate in Japanese Language Programme for July 2018 session.
The programme aims at providing beginners with basics of Japanese Language. The programme has Self Learning Material (SLM) integrated with Audio-Visual components, which will further enhance learning capacity of students. The programme will be available in all regions through respective Regional Centres and anyone above 18 years of age with 10+2 will be eligible to take admission in this programme- said Mr. Shivaji Bhaskar, Coordinator of the Programme.
With ever-growing relations between India and Japan, learning Japanese language will certainly give advantage to the learners in today’s job market said- Prof. Anju Sahgal Gupta, Director SOFL.
The last date of admission in the programme is 15th of August, 2018

IGNOU launches Diploma in Event Management

The Diploma in Event Management (DEVMT) has been launched by School of Continuing Education (SOCE) IGNOU. The main objective of the programme is to professionalize the field of Event Management. DEVMT aims to equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills in one of the most exciting and rapidly growing industry.
Admissions are open for interested learners who would like to pursue their career in Event Management for both the sessions, i.e., July, 2018 and January, 2019. Those who have passed 10+2 from any stream are eligible to apply.
The main objective of the programme is to apply relevant knowledge and skills to the field based on the industry needs and for generating skilled event professionals of the future. The programme helps to orient learners towards creating the “event experience”.
Also called the “business of experiences” Event Management as a field comprises of managed events, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions), IPs (Intellectual Properties), personal, social and cultural events, entertainment, sports, digital, rural events and much more along with their planning, coordination and marketing; all aspects have been dealt with in this Diploma programme.
The one year Diploma programme is of 32 credits, and offers an exciting opportunity to the learner for developing the competencies of a professional event manager.

Open House for IGNOU Learners at the Student Service Centre, IGNOU headquarters on 10th August 2018

Learners in the Open and Distance learning mode get less opportunity to interact with teachers, other University functionaries and their peers. During the course of study, they may have numerous queries regarding online admission, re-registration, receipt of study material, submission of assignments, academic counselling, programme details and evaluation process.
Since IGNOU has large number of students on its rolls, they might sometimes have grievances with regard to non-receipt of study material, counselling and practical sessions, non-updation of assignments marks, non-receipt of Grade Card & Provisional Certificate (GC/PC) and support services at the learner support centres.  They may also have questions in their mind regarding career prospects of programme/s and about certificate programmes that can be simultaneously taken up along with a Bachelors or Masters degree programme.

In view of the above mentioned needs of the learners, the Student Service Centre (SSC) is organising an ‘Open House (खुला मंच)’ at the IGNOU headquarters on 10/08/2018, Friday, from 09:30 am to 05:30 pm. 
Experts from Student Evaluation Division(SED), Student Registration Division(SRD), Regional Services Division(RSD), Material Production & Distribution Division(MPDD), Computer Division(CD), Campus Placement Cell(CPC) and Schools of Studies would be the Resource Persons. 
To attend the Open House, you may register for free at ohssc18@gmail.com or walk in to SSC, near the main gate, on the mentioned date and timings.

Prof. Nageshwar Rao joins as the Vice Chancellor of IGNOU

Prof. Nageshwar Rao has joined as the Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, the largest Open University in the world. Prof Rao was Vice Chancellor of Uttarakhand Open University (UOU) prior to this appointment. He was acting VC of IGNOU earlier from 28th November 2014 to 28th April 2016 and was also Pro Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi from December 2013 to November 2014.
He is also the chairman of the National Task Force, committee constituted to assess and accredit open universities under NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). He is the Honorary Vice-Chairman. Rastriya Uchhatar Shiksha Ayog (RUSA), Madhya Pradesh since November 2014.
On his joining as VC of IGNOU, Prof Rao said that it is like home-coming for him as he has been part of the university as acting VC and as Pro-VC earlier. He further added that the open education presents a great opportunity for a country like India which has a very diverse and young human resource to harness the demographic dividend. He also said that he would focus on the quality of distance education and integration of technology with education support service.

Further extension of last date upto 16th August, 2018 for submission of Online and Offline Fresh admission of all Masters & Bachelors and Diploma Programmes

I am directed to convey the approval of the Competent Authority for the extension of the last date of submission of Online and Offline  Fresh admission of all Masters & Bachelor Degree and Diploma Programmes only upto 16th August, 2018 for July, 2018 admission cycle.

Since the date is extended up to 16th August  2018 hence, you are requested to kindly publicize these through pamphlets/leaflets/posters-banners so as to enable increase in the overall enrollment of the Regional Centre as well your Study Centre.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

UGC Eases Restrictions on Online Degree Programs

India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that a number of Indian universities will be allowed to offer online degree programs beginning in the 2018/19 academic year. However, there are still a number of restrictions in place: Programs that involve lab courses or other practical components will not be offered in distance education mode. Online courses can only be offered in subjects already taught by universities. In addition, online degree programs will be offered only by accredited universities that have been operating for at least five years and which were included among the top 100 in national rankings for two out of the last three years. Online programs are also mandated to combine video lectures with discussion forums. The UGC considers the expansion of online programs an important step in increasing the country’s tertiary gross enrollment ratio from 25.2 percent to 30 percent by 2020.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Engaging and retaining students through video capture

Linda Storey Issue No:513

Linda Storey is a director at Echo360, a video platform that promotes active video-based learning. Email: lstorey@echo360.com.

The last 10 years have seen a growing emphasis on widening participation and access to higher education across the world. Yet there are so many significant changes taking place, affecting everything from international student mobility to recruitment trends to regional and global graduate employability that it is hard to predict with much accuracy what the future of higher education holds or to be sure that your institution is primed to be responsive.

In the midst of all this confusion, universities that want to remain competitive have to pay close attention to how they can attract, retain and create successful outcomes for students from a wide mix of different backgrounds, nationalities and age groups. 

Due to the current lack of enrolment restrictions, new routes have opened to higher education. As student bodies become increasingly diverse, universities cannot rest on their laurels when it comes to making sure that all students’ needs are being equally met. Could lecture-capture be the key to personalising learning and widening participation for all? 

Has teaching in higher education become redundant?

Wafa Singh Issue No:513

Wafa Singh is senior programme officer for Participatory Research In Asia, or PRIA, and India coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research.

Today, we live in a ‘Google’ world, where we have all information, data, facts and theory at one click of the fingertip. For the ‘tech-savvy’ NextGen, Google has become their ‘go-to’ solution. For anything they need, they turn to the internet search engine and the answer is with them, in micro-seconds.

This trend of Google becoming the end solution of all information sought is slowly but surely disrupting the teaching-learning dynamics in all higher education institutions today.

Today, students find classroom lectures boring, monotonous and irrelevant. They skip classes knowing that Google will provide them with all the information or knowledge shared by professors in the classroom.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Extension of last date for Re-registration, July 2018

I am directed to convey the approval of the Competent Authority for extension of the last date for Re-Registration, July 2018 session up to 15th July 2018.

Thanking you,

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