Saturday, October 22, 2011
Best wishes to Our Previous vice Chancellor Sir, V.N.Rajsekhran Pillai and Welcome to New Vice Chancellor, Prof. M. Aslam IGNOU
Prof. M. Aslam has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor (I/C) of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on October 21, 2011. He took over from Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai who had earlier completed his five year tenure in the University.
Before this he was serving the University as Director of School of Continuing Education, IGNOU since 1992.
Prof. Aslam, with his experience of thirty-three years has a rich and experience both at national and international levels in in University Administration, ICT, Communication and Extension, Distance & Continuing Education, Multi-Media in Distance Education, Training Methodology, Rural Development, Training skills, Monitoring and Evaluation, Panchayati Raj and Social Change.
He has been consultant to various international/ UN bodies including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, UNDP and EDI of the World Bank.
Professor Aslam has also worked as a Project Director for Panchayati Raj Project, developed a Multi-Media Distance Education package for Panchayati Raj functionaries elected throughout the country. He was conferred COL President’s Award of Excellence at PAN Commonwealth Forum in March, 1999.
The new V-C (I/C) is an M.A. in Sociology. He got his M.Phil in 1975 and Ph.D. (Sociology) in 1978.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
IGNOU On-Campus Students Society: Stand for Genuine Cause........: "An appeal to all IGNOU Students for being the part of most genuine cause at present i.e. Improvement provision for regular students, D..."
An appeal to all IGNOU Students for being the part of most genuine cause at present i.e. Improvement provision for regular students, DTC bus pass & campus placement, it will be started on Monday.
All participant will be meeting with our Honorable vice Chancellor regarding our above cause for the Suitable solution.
Kindly be the part of this constructive initiative in the favor of every students.
Looking forward your valuable response.
IGNOU On-campus Students Society
Monday, May 16, 2011
IGNOU On-Campus Students Society: Notification for 26 Regular and On-Campus programm...: "IGNOU announces admissions for on-campus programmes The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announces admissions for 26 on-..."
IGNOU announces admissions for on-campus programmes
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announces admissions for 26 on-campus full time programmes commencing from July 2011 sesison.
Programmes with entrance test, group discussion and interview on offer include M.Sc. (Chemistry), M.Sc. (Life Science), MA (Journalism and Mass Communication), MA (Electronic Media Production and Management), M.Sc. (Actuarial Science), M.Sc. (Actuarial Economics), M.Sc. (Applied Quantitative Finance), M.Sc. (Environmental Economics), Master of Performing Arts- Hindustani Vocal Music, Master of Fine Arts-
Painting, Master of Performing Arts- Theatre Arts and MBA in Corporate Governance. The last date for submission of filled-in-forms for these programmes is May 31, 2011 with entrance exam on June 19, 2011.
Two more programmes with the entrance test, namely MA Social Work (Philanthropy) and MA Social Work (Counselling) are also included in the on-campus admissions with the last date for the receipt of complete admission forms as June 5, 2011 and entrance test on 15th June 2011. These programmes will be offered at IGNOUs main campus in Maidan Garhi at
New Delhi, Regional Centre and CSRD, Ahmednagar. Cochin
The entrance test for these programmes will be held at IGNOUs main campus at Maidan Garhi in
. Three programmes, namely M.Sc. (Actuarial Economics), M.Sc. (Applied Quantitative Finance) and M.Sc. (Environmental Economics) are also activated at Madras School of Economics at Chennai New Delhi
Programmes without entrance test on offer are Master in Gender and Development Studies, MA in Women’s and Gender Studies, MA in Extension and Development Studies, MA in Gandhi and Peace Studies, MA Social Work (North East), MA (Translation Studies), MA (Labour and Develpoment), MA (Social Anthropology), BA in Applied Sign Language Studies, Bachelors Preparatory Programme for Deaf Studies, Certificate in PC Hardware and Networking and Certificate in Chinese Language. The last date for submission of application forms for these programmes is June 15, 2011.
The On-campus programmes without entrance test are held at the IGNOUs main campus at Maidan Garhi in
. There is also a list of programmes which are activated at places other than the main campus: MA in Gandhi and Peace Studies is also activated at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Rajghat, New Delhi, MA Social Work (North East) is activated at EDNERU, MGID and Nagaland, Certificate in PC Hardware and Networking is activated at IGNOUs main campus New Delhi and HCL Noida. New Delhi
Application forms can be downloaded from the website http://www.ignou.ac.in/. The cost of the prospectus is Rs.100 by cash at the sale counter and Rs.150 by post. If applying for a programme requiring entrance test, a demand draft of Rs.400 is to be sent with the entrance form (present in the prospectus). In case the form is being downloaded from the
Monday, April 25, 2011
IGNOU On-Campus Students Society: Campus Placament initiative for Tihar Prisoner sup...: "A second innings for IGNOU students at Tihar Jail 22 April, 2011 Twenty-nine-year-old Siddharth knew that his ho..."
A second innings for IGNOU students at Tihar Jail
22 April, 2011
Twenty-nine-year-old Siddharth knew that his hopes of earning a livelihood and leading a dignified life again could never transform into reality when he was sent to jail three years ago on charges of kidnapping and murder. What he didn’t know was that these hopes had already started taking shape the moment he enrolled in Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOUs) Master’s Programme in Public Administration at the University’s Study Centre in Tihar Central Jail. Thanks to IGNOU’s ‘free education for prisoners’ initiative, Siddharth holds an appointment letter from a leading company today.
“When I landed in jail, I was in trauma and depression and everything was ruined for me. But now, due to this campus interview there is a ray of hope that whenever I get out I can earn my livelihood easily,” says an ecstatic Siddharth, who will be working as a Marketing Executive with Agrawal Movers and Packers once he is released within six months.
The story is the same for several other inmates who got a new lease of life through the first-ever placement drive for prison inmates in the country, held at Tihar Central Jail No. 3. Under the dynamic leadership of Tihar Jail Superintendent Manoj Dwivedi and guidance from Director, IGNOU RC Delhi-3, Dwarka and Campus Placement Cell (CPC), seven companies created history and came to look for potential managers and executives at Asia’s largest prison. These included Vedanta Enterprises, Agarwal Movers and Packers, JRA Associates and Chartered Accountants, Good Housekeeping, Creative Innovation, Predo Security Services Pvt. Ltd., and ASP Sealing Products Ltd.
The companies conducted interviews for 46 Learners pursuing Certificate, Diploma, Under-graduate and Post-graduate programmes from IGNOU. Out of these 46, 40 were given appointment letters for jobs ranging from Accountants to Computer Operators, Store Managers, Marketing and Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives.
“Forty-six inmates were chosen by prison authorities for the placement drive as they fulfilled three criteria. Firstly, they had impeccable conduct inside the jail where they utilised their time to gain education and vocational skills. Secondly, they all expect to be released within a year or so, and finally, they were keen to rehabilitate themselves and lead a new life,” said Neeraj Kumar, DG (Prisons), Tihar Jail.
Most of the inmates who sat for placement have completed their education and gained multiple graduation degrees in jail, thanks to IGNOU. “After I was sent to jail, it was a painful and stressful time for me as I had no clue what to do next. However, I was motivated inside the jail by officials, NGOs and IGNOU. I studied day and night. Now, I am about to complete my Bachelor’s in Tourism Studies from IGNOU and also planning to pursue LLB,” says 26-year-old Dilip Kumar, who was booked under Narcotics Act in 2005. He was one of the 46 inmates who were up for placement.
The idea for such a placement session, Kumar said, stemmed from the need to help inmates in their rehabilitation following their release. “For the first time we are vouching to the corporate houses for the integrity and good conduct of these people. Many of the inmates received multiple offers. We have left the decision on selecting an offer on the candidates,” Kumar said.
IGNOU announced its ‘Free Education for Prisoners’ initiative in the 2010 academic session and waived off fees for all jail inmates across the country who wish to pursue the University’s programmes.
According to Dr. Neeta Kapai, Deputy Director, Campus Placement Cell, “This move has been a significant milestone in encouraging and rehabilitating prisoners in order to improve their quality of life post release. Regular academic counselling sessions are provided either by the RC staff in some jails or nearby Study Centre counsellors are deputed to volunteer counselling sessions in some courses.”
Study material and library facilities are provided through IGNOU to all jails under the supervision of an IGNOU Coordinator and supporting staff. Assignments and exams are attempted by all students within the jail premises. IGNOU is also making efforts to provide study material in vernacular languages for some inmates.
“This placement drive has spread a vital message of giving dignity and respect to all prisoners. It will prevent these inmates from returning to the life of crime and abuse, since the academic empowerment attained while in jail will give them a new lease of life. The activity has not only given a tremendous boost to their morale, but encouraged other inmates to follow suit,” says Dr Kapai.
Listen to Sandeep Bhatnagar, another under trial in Tihar, who was also picked up by one of the companies. “This is not just an appointment letter. It is an assurance of a rehabilitated life in a society, which would have otherwise shunned me. I can now hope for a speedy acquittal by sending this letter to the court to convince them to acquit me soon. I can assure my wife and children of a decent life in Delhi.” For people like Sandeep, who were wondering how they would support their families once they were released, IGNOU has given them a hope of taking a fresh shot at life.