D Purandeswari, Union Minister of State for HRD, launched an online Leadership Programme on Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development and its website at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
Graduates or equivalent in any discipline from any recognised university are eligible to join and complete the programme in one to six months. With a suite of online features from registration, learning to exams, the course is intended to guide policy and programme leaders to rely more on evidence-based programming for achieving nutrition security and sustainable development. The university is focusing on people working in the health and nutrition sector.
The course will be delivered online on the SAVE (Sustainable Action and Virtual Education) platform. Entry will be open round the year. There will be four cycles in an academic year -- February, May, August, and November. The registration form will be at www.ignou.ac.in/save. The fee for the programme is Rs 500.
Once registered, learners will have access to a personalised learning space. This includes self-instructional material, related audio/video, slides and self-check exercises, accessible on one platform.
IGNOU is offering web-based counselling by counselors experienced in public health, nutrition and other related disciplines. Online project platform: Templates will be provided for synopsis submission, project uploading and evaluation. Viva voce will be through a web-based video conferencing tool. Exams will be online at specified centres.
M S Swaminathan, Honorary Chair, Chair for Sustainable Development, IGNOU and Rajasekharan Pillai, VC, IGNOU, presided over the function.