SRINAGAR: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Regional Center Srinagar has established a new study centre in Government Degree College Magam “to provide the higher education opportunity to the people of this area especially those living in far flung and remote area of Budgam district”.
A PIB statement issued here said the centre was established with the approval of the Vice Chancellor as per the recommendations of the 43rd Student Services Committee (SSC) in its meeting held on 5 October 2018.
Principal Government Degree College Magam Prof Ruhi Kant, as per the statement, said she was keen interest for IGNOU study centre and wants to give maximum accessibility of higher education opportunity to aspirants.
“Government Degree College invited the authority of IGNOU Regional Center Srinagar in July for explore the possibility of IGNOU Study Center and the then Assistant Regional Director Kamlesh Meena along with RC officials Showkat Mir, Nissar Ahmed and Ishtiyak Nazir Malik, visited the college to see the infrastructure,” the statement said.
On the basis of recommendations of the then Assistant Regional Director Kamlesh Meena and the then Regional Director Dr Maqbul Ali Laskar, the proposal for establishment was sent to IGNOU Headquarter New Delhi.
Initially, five programmes activated at new study centre include: Diploma in Creative Writing in English (DCE), Bachelors Degree Program (BDP), Masters Degree in English (MEG), Bachelors Preparatory Program (BPP) and Diploma in Tourism Studies (DTS).
The main objective of this study centre is to reach to the unreached segments of the society and provide easy accessibility of higher education to develop knowledge and skills among youth of valley through skill-based programmes of IGNOU.
IGNOU is one of the mega universities in the world, with the national and international presence for its distance education academic programmes for round the year.
IGNOU Regional Centre Srinagar is one of the largest regional centres of India in terms of enrolment. Since its establishment in 1999, it has been catering to the higher education needs for the largest section of the aspiring learners in Jammu and Kashmir more particularly the aspiring rural and female learners.