Union Education Minister to inaugurate the campus on Feb 7
JAMMU: After a long wait of 26 years ever since IGNOU operations started in J&K in the year 1998 on government invitation, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Regional Centre Jammu is all set to have its own campus in Jammu at Rajinder Vihar Housing Colony, Phase-I, Bantalab, Jammu. The state of the art campus has a built-up area of around 6800 sq.ft.built on a parcel of land measuring 14.5 kanals. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, will inaugurate the campus building on 7th of February, 2024 virtually. The full-fledged campus of Regional Centre Jammu has been constructed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
“It is going to be a historic moment on 7th of February, 2024 for the Regional Centre Jammu to have its own permanent full-fledged campus which will not only be beneficial for the Regional Centre but also for the learners and prospective learners of IGNOU in the Jammu region,” said Dr. Jai Prakash Verma, Regional Director.
Jammu Regional Centre of IGNOU has been operating from the premises of Government College of Commerce, Canal Road, Jammu ever since its establishment in the year 1998 in an area of around 2000sq.ft. only. Regional Centre Jammu at present has31 Learner Support Centres in prominent Government Higher Education Institutions, University of Jammu campus and in reputed Higher Education Institutions affiliated with the University of Jammu spread across Jammu province of J&K Union Territory with LSCs at most of the district headquarters. It has Learner Support Centres in Central Jail Kot Bhalwal, District Jail Ambphalla, District Jail Udhampur and District Jail Kathua as well. Regional Centre Jammu provides support services to the learners of belt force associated with the IGNOU Army Regional Centre in Northern Command Udhampur.
Dr. Jai Prakash Verma expressed his happiness and said that the new permanent campus will enable us to add more professional and skill based job oriented programmes to be offered to the prospective learners of Jammu region. He said that there are some very popular and high ended professional programmes for which support services are not available in the entire region and learners are forced to seek admission in other Regional Centres.“The new campus with state of the art facilities will enable us to provide support to the learners who enroll for such high ended programmes”, he said.
Dr. Jai Prakash Verma in a press statement expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nageshwar Rao for the new campus building. He also expressed his thankfulness to Jammu Development Authority, local administration, CPWD, Jammu Municipal Corporation, PHE, JPDCL and all those in the loop for their support in making this dream project a success.