On May 20, 2020, Union HRD (Human Resource Development Minister) Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched IGNOU’S (Indira Gandhi National Open University) Online Programme for Master of Arts (MA) in Hindi, through Facebook live session & also broadcasted live through IGNOU’s Gyan Darshan Channel, Gyan Dhara. The launch was done keeping in mind the prevailing situation and adherence to the partial-lockdown as per the Government’s directives.
i.The Minister also added that this online programme would strengthen the “Padhe India Online” initiative. He stressed on the role of the Hindi Language not only in India but also in other countries including Mauritius, Fiji, Surinam, etc.,
ii.The initiatives like National Digital Library (NDL), Swayam, Swayam Prabha, Diksha (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing) among other platforms are providing digital education to lakhs of learners across India and IGNOU’s step in the same direction also promotes online education.
iii.Professor Nageshwar Rao, Vice Chancellor (VC) of IGNOU gave the introduction of the other online programmes launched by IGNOU & also briefed the other initiatives taken by the University in the online space for higher education.
iv.Other programmes: Apart from MA in Hindi, the university has also launched programmes in MA in Gandhi and Peace Studies, BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Tourism Studies, certificate course in Arabic, certificate in Information Technology (IT), certificate programme in Library and Information Science (LIS).
v.IGNOU offers online courses through its portal www.iop.ignouonline.ac.in. The online programme will include video and audio lectures, tutorials, etc.,
vi.About Bharat Padhe Online: The main objective of Bharat Padhe or India Padhe online is to promote online education for Crowdsourcing of Ideas.
vii.The importance of the online education system is quite visible now as the Corona pandemic has forced us to seek alternate ways to communicate and the main target audience are teachers & students.
About HRD Ministry:
Minister– Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (Constituency- Haridwar, Uttarakhand).
Minister of State– Sanjay Dhotre (Constituency- Akola, Maharashtra).