SRINAGAR: The informal mode of education has gained more currency in comparison to the formal education provided to students in educational institutions. Vice chancellor Kashmir University Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi stated this while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education. He said the technology has made the distance or informal mode of education better.
“The technological advancement must be adopted. Now that the info-graphics and digital imaging is available, one can learn about things in an informal way while sitting at home. Our mindsets should be open to learning,” Andrabi said. The event was organised to mark the 30th convocation of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
Mirza Nihal Beigh, Regional Director, IGNOU said that 10,518 learners will be receiving their degrees and diploma certificates across 95 odd programmes of study. He said, “Convocation is an important day in the life of a student. The day indicates that students have imbibed the values and skills to deal with the outside world. On this day, around 2,10,811 learners are being awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates,” Beigh said.
Beigh said that IGNOU boats of the place of pride across the world to be the largest Open University in the world, a fact confirmed by Wikipedia listing of 61 top universities in the world by student enrolment. “The biggest challenge is to provide quality education at minimum possible cost. The challenge for us is to create a multidisciplinary focus in our programmes and encourage learning in unstructured environment. IGNOU has been successfully able to implement all this,” he said.
On the occasion, Ishfaq Ahmed Banday and Reyaz Ahmed Mir were awarded gold medals for topping the examinations in MA political science and diploma in tourism studies respectively.
The IGNOU Regional Centre Srinagar was established in the year 1999 from the campus of Kashmir University.