IGNOU [Indira Gandhi National Open University] To Embark On Fifth Generation Odl Practices

June 24, 2005

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is now embarking on fifth generation Open and Distance teaching-learning practices, based on interactive multimedia CDs, web-based on-line education, e-learning and satellite-based virtual classroom for live interactions declared Prof. S. C. Garg, Pro-Vice Chancellor. He emphasized that IGNOU had recognized the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in its formative years to enhance equitable access to higher education and has kept pace with revolutionary developments in this field. We are already using interactive radio, educational TV and teleconferencing.
In the latest issue of IGNOU Newsletter, he added that IGNOU is well positioned to harness the vast potential of EduSat for a socio-cultural revolution and realize the noble dream of creating an Educated India, by offering programmes which generate entrepreneurs and are focussed on customized needs.

It is now fully understood that the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system requires special skills and highly technical and professional competencies. IGNOU in its role of promoter of ODL, has been motivating all State Open Universities and Distance education Institutes and helping them with technical support for capacity building. Through Distance Education Council (DEC), IGNOU is leading the initiative of creating a National Pool of best quality materials which can be shared by all ODL institutions to minimize costs and time and avoid “reinvents the wheel”. The University practices ethos of collaboration, partnership, sharing and convergence for providing seamless access to higher education, he stated.