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IGNOU Launches New two-year Diploma Courses for Students

The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (Ignou) School of Education (SOE) has launched a new, two-year diploma in elementary education (DElEd), offered in ODL mode, for in-service teachers to enhance their understanding and competency at elementary level teaching.

The announcement was made during an MoU signing ceremony between Ignou and Arunachal Pradesh government at the university’s headquarters in the Capital today.

“When we are signing an MoU with the state government, then we are sure of its competency and effective results. Taking into consideration hilly areas like Arunachal Pradesh, ICTs should be effectively and largely used. There will be a regular ICT interaction schedule from the headquarters to the regional centre at Arunachal Pradesh for effective monitoring,” said M Aslam, vice-chancellor, Ignou.

Mahendra P Lama, pro vice-chancellor, Ignou, felt that this MoU shall have wider and deeper implications as it will affect the school going children. Talking about the memorandum, Srikanth Mohapatra, director, regional services division, Ignou, said, “The arrangement is being made by the state government in order to meet the deadline set by the Right To Education Act, according to which, all the in-service, government, untrained elementary teachers should be professionally trained by March 2015 through a two-year DElEd programme as per the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms, failing which, they may lose their jobs.”

“In terms of the percentage of untrained teachers in Arunachal Pradesh, the figures are highest. Now, because of RTE, it is mandatory for teachers to undergo a two-year degree recognised by NCTE. Ignou has taken up this challenge to train 9,000 in-service teachers in Arunachal Pradesh. For this, we are activating new centres (approved by NCTE), which are called Block Resource Centres (BRCs) only for DElEd programme,” said Joseph Kuba, regional director, Andhra Pradesh, Ignou.

The MoU was signed by Rajesh Kumar Mishra, IAS, state project director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Rajya Mission, Arunachal Pradesh and SVS Chaudhary, registrar, administration, Ignou.