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IGNOU for specialised courses

After the Delhi University, it is now the turn of IGNOU to launch value-added and job-oriented courses, reports Meenal Dubey.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 02:15 IST

After the Delhi University, it is now the turn of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to launch value-added and job-oriented courses to cater to the niche sectors of a growing economy.

IGNOU counsellors and coordinators brainstormed at the weekend to give final shape to the courses, which can possibly help create foreign language specialists and niche professionals in trade, commerce and other fields.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, IGNOU Vice-Chancellor Professor VN Rajasekharan Pillai said, “There will be special emphasis on making these courses more conducive to the job market."

A recent survey done by the Ministry of Finance reveals that there are 8.1 per cent unemployed men in urban areas and 9 per cent in rural areas.

“We are creating a database of graduate and post-graduate students passing out from universities in India. Based on this, we will design these courses,” said Pillai. “The value-added courses will be launched in every region of India and will be created to suit the needs of the students there.”

The administration has sought aid from national and international non-governmental organisations. On Saturday, IGNOU held a meeting of regional directors, where 1,500 coordinators from various study centres and 40,000 counsellors of INGOU gave their inputs for the database.

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First Published: Nov 13, 2006 02:15 IST