IGNOU to empower the less privileged

Category: Higher Education,  News Source: The Economic Times,  Updated-On: Aug 10 2011

New Delhi, Aug 5: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has inked a pact with the Aditya Birla Group (ABG) to train less privileged sections of society from rural, suburban and disadvantaged locations in garment stitching, an official said today.


According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IGNOU and Aditya Birla's Madura Fashion and Lifestyle Limited (MFL), three short-term courses would be launched in a bid to promote self-employment.


"There would be a basic and an advanced course in garment stitching for one and two months respectively and a third course in garment stitching and quality control for two and a half months," said an IGNOU official.


"All of these programmes will be coordinated by our regional centre of Delhi," added the official.


Under the MoU, MFL shall enroll at least 200 students per year as per IGNOU approved eligibility conditions and conduct programmes at approved learning centres only.


"Such training would enable the marginalised sections of the society living in the rural and far flung areas to have gainful employment in the industry while promoting self-employment," said R.S. Balasubramanyam, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, ABG.


MFL would be responsible for developing the teaching methodology for each programme based on its specific curriculum and learning objectives. It shall also provide practical and library facilities and assignment evaluation, as per IGNOU's guidelines.


"Learners may even want to pursue these courses at a certificate or diploma level which may be provided to them in the later stages," varsity's Vice-Chancellor, V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai said. (IANS)

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