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PG programme in participatory research from IGNOU

education Updated: Jun 16, 2010 09:22 IST
Hindustan Times

PG programme in participatory research from IGNOU
IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) has collaborated with PRIA (Society for Participatory Research in Asia), a Delhi-based NGO, to launch various postgraduate programmes in participatory development.

Due to begin in the July 2010 session, these programmes will open career options across sectors like government development agencies, international and national NGOs, Community based organisations and corporate social responsibility, among others.

The intention is to enable critical analyses of participatory development models, policies, processes and their implementation and developing knowledge and skills for managing development projects and organisations in a partici patory manner. “These courses will develop the skills of students and provide them opportunities to make a career in the development sector. It also furthers our aim to promote the concept of lifelong learning and education,” said Prof V N Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU.

Delivered in the open and distance learning mode, students can complete either one or all of the following courses — MA in participatory development, advanced diploma in participatory development, PG Diploma in participatory development and PG certificate in participatory development (six months).

The programme will also provide opportunities for structured and supervised fieldwork to the students.

“People engaged in or interested in working in the development sector need the requisite perspective, knowledge and skills to facilitate participation of the marginalised sections like the tribal, Dalit and women in different development programmes and projects,” said Martha Farrell, Director, PRIA International Academy of Lifelong Learning. For more information please visit

Moolchand is now IGNOU’s study centre for paramedical courses

Moolchand Medcity in association with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is now providing diploma and Bachelor’s courses for paramedical professionals.

The programmes which will be run at Moolchand are BSc in medical records and health information technology, diploma in medical laboratory technology and diploma in radio imaging technology. The diploma courses are open to students from only science courses while BSc can be done by the students from all streams, though science students would be preferred.

First Published: Jun 15, 2010 14:42 IST