The Samikhsya Bureau
NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ addressed at the 34th Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) through virtual mode today.
The University awarded 2, 37,844 degrees, diplomas and certificates of different programmes to the successful students at the ceremony held virtually from the IGNOU Headquarter in light of the surge in COVD-19 cases.
Congratulating the successful students, the Minister lauded the role played by IGNOU since its inception in making quality higher education accessible to all through the affordable Open and Distance Mode.
Highlighting the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which is a key part of the New Education Policy, 2020, the Minister said that it provides learners with the flexibility to choose his bouquet of courses and also letting him/her to complete it even after a gap.
He urged the university to revamp the existing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes while working on the new programmes according to the needs of the country which not only provide education but also employment to accrue the demographic dividend.
On the occasion, he congratulated the University for getting NAAC A++ grade.
29 Medals were awarded to the meritorious students at the ceremony. 55 PhD and 13 MPhil Degree certificates were also conferred to the successful students in different streams at the convocation. This time female students have excelled and out of total 29 medals, 21 were awarded to female students and of the total Ph D and MPhil degrees awarded, 37 were to female students.
Prof. Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor of the University, in his welcome address presented the last year report summing up the activities undertaken by the university in the trying times of Corona pandemic.
He informed that the university through its network of 56 Regional Centers and 21 schools provided non-stop academic support to learners through digital technology.