The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Saturday introduced a system by which its students can access their lectures and notes online.
The system is called Remote Access to E-resources (RATE). It will enable IGNOU students to access their books, journals and other study material from anywhere.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi inaugurated the RATE.
RATE has been made open to academics, faculty, regional centres, research and teaching assistants, researchers and to on-campus students at the initial level.
Joshi also inaugurated the new administration building and delivered a lecture on 'Rural Empowerment and Panchayati Raj Institutions' at the IGNOU campus in New Delhi.
Explaining the role of Panchayati Raj system, the minister said, "The Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs) are playing an important role in the implementation of educational projects and programmes in rural areas. They can also play a significant role in effective implementation of distance education programmes in rural India."
Barring a few states, in most of them PRIs are not adequately and actively involved in development activities, he said.
It is required to accelerate the process of interaction of citizens in general and youth and women in particular, with the PRIs, he added.