366 students receive IGNOU degrees
Four gold medals awarded at 26th convocationA Young Hans team 'Distance learning has emerged as a viable...
Four gold medals awarded at 26th convocationA
Young Hans team
"Distance learning has emerged as a viable and alternative mode for higher learning. It is also a cost-effective facet of education which will literally transform the world into a virtual classroom providing education to anyone, anywhere and anytime", said Osmania University Vice-Chancellor Prof. S Satyanarayana. About 366 students received their degrees and four received gold medals for their exceptional academic performance.
He was addressing the 26th convocation of the Indira Gandhi National Open University on Friday at National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad. Talking about employability, he said that distance education is crucial in today's context is a boon particularly when conventional universities are facing challenges in meeting the need for productive employment and effective use of information and communication technologies.
"The last two decades have been crucial for Indian economy during which growth was driven by service industries. By 2020, the employability will be a serious challenge to the large masses; youngsters need to mould themselves according to the requirements in the market. In coming days, the role of higher education plays a vital role in employment", he added.
Speaking at the ceremony, Kameshwari, Director, IGNOU-Hyderabad centre, said that Hyderabad centre is the oldest in the country. It has been offering distance education in all districts of Andhra Pradesh till May 2008 until the regional centre was trifurcated into Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. Hyderabad regional centre offers more than 200 IGNOU courses through a network of 40 learning support centres.
"For the academic year 2012, total enrollment was 7,705 for the Jan-2013 session; So far we have received over 3,000 applicants for IGNOU programmes. A majority of the applicants are from urban areas, while only 20 percent of applicants are from rural areas. We need to work on getting more from the remote corners of the State as well", said the director In 2012, IGNOU regional centre, Hyderabad, has established six learning support centres. Of the six, two work for PG Diploma in Clinical Cardiology, one for diploma in elementary education, one for BSc in Optometry, one for diploma in watershed management, she added.
Convocation without certificates
Many students at the ceremony walked out of the auditorium in a huff as they did not receive their certificates as promised. Although many students successfully registered their names, they were disappointed that they would not be receiving the coveted letter at the occasion. "I paid a convocation fee to the New Delhi office much before the due date of March 16.
I even received a letter from IGNOU Hyderabad regional centre stating that I could attend the ceremony to receive my degree. However, I was not given my certificate," said the student who was there to receive convocation certificate. The organisers said the student must've paid the fee at the Hyderabad regional centre, and not the Delhi centre, to receive the degree. They assured the students that they will rectify the matter as soon as possible.