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IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 20102In just four years, IGNOU has, in the face of stiff competition fromboth public and private institutions, almost trebled the number ofstudents on its rolls from 1.1 million to 3 million. Today, we arethe largest university in the world a fact confirmed by aWikipedia listing of 61 top universities in the world by studentenrollment. Pakistans Allama Iqbal Open University is a distantsecond at 1.8 million students, followed by Irans Islamic AzadUniversity with 1.3 million. B.R. Ambedkar University, the oldestopen university in India, comes in at No. 9 with 450,000 students. A close perusal of the list provides some interesting insights.There is only one private institution in the Top 10, and only two inthe Top 20. All the institutions in theTop 10 are from developing nations,barring the University System of Ohio in the U.S. And, most importantly, thereare as many as four open universities atthe head of the list, underlining the factthat the Open and Distance Learning(ODL) system is the best way fordeveloping countries with largepopulations to bridge the knowledgedivide. As a system, ODL is not onlyflexible and innovative but, because itprovides economies of scale, it is also the cheapest way to takehigher education to the largest number of people, many of whomlive on the margins of society with little or no access toconventional education.Indeed, flexibility and innovation have had a lot to do withIGNOUs emergence as the worlds largest university. In these pastfour years, we have been able to reach out to multitudes of learnersbecause of our ability to forge unconventional and rewardingalliances. We have collaborated with public and private institutionsin education at the state and national levels, as well as othersectors such as technology, health, IT, management and science.In the social sectors too, we have had fruitful collaborations likethe one with local Panchayati Raj institutions. Such tie-ups have, among other things, allowed us to optimallyuse state-of-the-art facilities available with these institutions thatwould otherwise have remained under-utilised. It has allowed us toreach the unreached, skilled and unskilled and take education tothe doorsteps of every learner.There are huge challenges ahead. Having the largest number ofstudents on our rolls is one thing, but it is quite another to ensurethat these students receive the kind of quality education that theydeserve. At IGNOU, we have set out to do this by innovatively usingtechnology and evolving effective management informationsystems to strengthen our processes. We have been on adecentralisation drive so as to ensure that activities that arecrucial to our students are located closer to where they are. Overthe past couple of years, our Student Services Division has beenleading the charge in decentralising the examination process. Thedistribution of study material is now undertaken by the RegionalCentres. And the examination process itself is being computerised. Clearly, harnessing technology to our purposes is the only way inwhich we will be able to deliver the kind of quality education andskills development that are the need of the hour for India. We areon our way, but a lot more remains to be done.4CONTENTSKnitting A FutureThe German EdgeIN FOCUS: The IGNOU-IAM Fashion and DesignManagement Centre andATDC-IGNOU CommunityCollege Schemes are setto create an industry-ready managerial cadrefor the growing apparelindustryNATURE ZONE ................8NEWS UPDATES............12REGIONAL UPDATES .....14STUDENTS CORNER.....15MILESTONES ................16GYAN DARSHAN............1610 SPOTLIGHT: IGNOU, Goethe Institut and University of Vienna, Austria, launch Diploma inTeaching German (DTG) as a Foreign Language indistance mode to bridge the demand-supply gapIGNOU OPEN LETTER is Printed by Printek Grafix, 148-D,Pocket-F, GTB Enclave, Delhi-110093 and Published by Ravi Mohan, Chief Public Relations Officer, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi. New Delhi 110068.Ph: +91-11-29535924-32; +91-11-29535062-65 Fax: +91-11-29535933; E-mail: Managing Editor: Ravi MohanPhotos: Rajesh Sharma/Amlan PaliwalAdvisory Council:Prof P.R. Ramanujam, Prof Latha PillaiDesign and Production: IANS Publishingwww.ianspublishing.comFROMTHE VICE CHANCELLORV.N. Rajasekharan PillaiIGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010 3NEWINSTITUTEIGNOU and UNESCOs SouthAsia Regional Office in NewDelhi are going to organise aScience Olympiad to test thescholastic aptitude of thestudents in the SAARC region.Those enrolled in class XI orequivalent in other SAARCcountries can apply. Higher Secondary studentsenrolled in Indian Boards ofEducation or equivalent in the Boards inSouth Asian countries Afghanistan,Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal,Pakistan and Sri Lanka havean opportunity to win IGNOU-UNESCO accredited meritcertificates, prizes and awards,said Vice Chancellor Prof VNRajasekharan Pillai.Students who have scored aminimum of an average of 70percent in Mathematics,Physics, Chemistry and Biologyin the 10th standard orequivalent are eligible to participate,announced Dr PT Manoharan, Sir CVRaman Chair Professor in IGNOU andformer VC of Madras University andfaculty of IIT-M and IIT-K.School principals/authorities arerequested to forward the applications tothe students along with a demanddraft/credit card authorisation of Rs 50.The successful participants willreceive Certificates of Merit, medals,cash prizes and awards. Top 1,000participants will be given IGNOU-UNESCOaccredited merit certificates. For details, visit: and olympiad.Olympiad to motivate childrens sci-math learningWith the aim of takingvocational education andtraining to people living Belowthe Poverty Line (BPL) in sixbackward states in eastern India, IGNOUhas formally launched the RegionalInstitute of Vocational Education andTraining (RIVET). It was inaugurated by Union Minister ofLabour and Employment MallikarjunKharge on May 27. RIVET is a jointcollaboration between IGNOU and Councilfor Integrated Tribal Research andAwareness Programme (CITRAP), an NGOworking for the welfare of SC/STs inPhulbani in Orissas Kandhamal district.RIVET was created in April 2009 and isbeing coordinated by Prof Pandav Naik ofIGNOU. It provides vocational programmesin both online and offline mode, withjudicious use of technology, to the mostbackward in the country. As part of theinitiative, 16 IGNOU programmes havebeen identified for offer to students.These will be vocational courses, whichwill supplement the nine programmes incomputers and IT, which are already beingjointly run by IGNOU and SAHAJ, an NGO.According to Prof Naik, RIVET ismandated to take employability-focusededucation to the people living in the mostbackward regions of the country.The programmes range from computersand IT, Master's in Tourism Managementand Hospital Administration, BachelorsDegree Programmes in Nursing, FashionDesign, Textile Design, Retailing, etc.It also offers PG Diploma and DiplomaProgrammes in Community Radio, IT, NGOManagement and Business-ProcessOutsourcing, among others. The jointendeavour between IGNOU and CITRAP isin line with the National Agenda of SkillsDevelopment, Kharge said. Srikant Jena,Minister of State for Fertiliser andChemicals, said, Skills development isthe first step out of the poverty grind... Weneed to train more trainers.In this decade of Innovation, IGNOUtargets to provide skillbased education to50 crore youth by 2020. Vocationaleducation is very important for improvingthe economic condition of the countrysbackward community. IGNOU has beenlooking at skill development in a holisticmanner, said Vice Chancellor Prof V.N.Rajasekharan Pillai.!Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge inaugurating the RIVET in New Delhi.RIVET set to train underprivilagedDr PT ManoharanFor Jayetta Rohilla, a student at theIndian Apparel Management (IAM),the experience means a lot, as ithas sharpened her thinking abilitiesand taught her innovative ways to developnew ideas. Dishank Chibber, anotherstudent at the IAM, promoted by theApparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)Society for Human ResourceDevelopment, feels that the cutting-edgetraining sessions at the institute havegiven him direction, helping him toexplore new horizons in the burgeoningIndian fashion and apparel industry.The premier institute of apparelmanagement has made its mark as anindustry-driven institution that offersprofessional programmes with promisingcareers in the apparel industry. It hasbeen conceptualised to provide cutting-edge education needed for managing theapparel industry in new, competitive era. What is the role of IGNOU, the worldslargest university, in all this?IGNOU recognises the need to havemultiple models of delivery that canrespond to different situations and indifferent contexts. The challenge is tomerge right and relevant skills withacademia in as many sectors as possibleand the textile and apparel sector holdsout great promise in this regard, says Vice Chancellor Prof V.N.Rajasekharan Pillai.IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 20104Knitting A FutureINFOCUSThe IGNOU-IAMFashion and DesignManagement Centreand ATDC-IGNOUCommunity CollegeSchemes are set tocreate an industry-ready managerialcadre for the growingapparel industryWith this vision of inclusive growth inmind, wherein learners in remote areastoo can take shelter under the umbrellaof higher education with comfort, IGNOUhas joined hands with the IAM to offer arange of vocationally-relevant Bachelorsand Masters Programmes that willprovide employment avenues in therapidly growing export and domesticapparel sectors to a large number ofyouth.Birth of an ideaThis hand-shaking process gave birth tothe IGNOU-IAM Fashion and DesignManagement Centre to prepare nextgeneration professionals who wouldredefine the scope of fashion, apparel,lifestyle, retail and other allied sectors.From the July/August academicsession, IGNOU will award the B.A./M.A.degrees offered by the IAM. Not only this,the University and the AEPC haveinitiated the ATDC-IGNOU CommunityCollege, where Certificates, Diplomasand Associate Degrees will be awardedby IGNOU at AEPCs Apparel TrainingDesign Centres.The AEPC, that has 58 ATDCs acrossthe country, has already started 12Community Colleges and plans to add 13more by January 2011, informs Dr DarlieKoshy, Director General and CEO,IAM/ATDC.Firstly, the idea is to form a bondbetween the worlds largest universitywith the IAM the multi-varsity ofindustry to create a new genre ofmerchandisers, apparel productionmanagers and retail managers, etc.Secondly, people associated with thevarious verticals in the $47-billion textileindustry, like logistics, shipping, etc.,would be able to upgrade their skillsthrough IGNOU-IAM programmes.Lastly, the aim is to converge IAMsand ATDCs people like shop-floorworkers, supervisors, quality/samplecheckers, etc., who are being trained atvarious ATDCs with IGNOUs help, getenrolled with the IGNOU-IAM Fashion andDesign Management Centre and receivethe most contemporary training in theapparel and clothing sector. The idea isto make them understand the business offashion, not the design of fashion, addsDr Koshy, former Director of the NationalIGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010 5The idea is toform a bondbetween theworlds largestuniversity withthe IAM themulti-varsity ofapparel industry to create a new genre ofmerchandisers,apparel productionmanagers andretail managers. Dr Darlie Koshy, DirectorGeneral and CEO, IAM/ATDCYEARNING FOR YARN: A student doingpreparatory work on a garment (above); anaspirant keenly eyeing a future in the fashion and apparel industry (right).IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 20106Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.The Community College Scheme isindeed a significant step in makingavailable proper certification systemthrough IGNOUs validation process,adds Prof Pillai.Union Textile Minister DayanidhiMaran is happy that IGNOU-IAM-ATDCtrinity is working towards creating skilledhuman resources for the rapidly-growingdomestic and export sectors to bridgethe gap between the garment industrysgrowing needs and the large pool ofunemployed youth in India.Huge potentialAn export order of Rs 1 crore generates85 jobs and Rs 1 crore of investment inapparel manufacturing has the potentialto generate 500 direct jobs and 200THEPROGRAMMESB.A. in Apparel Design& Merchandising (at IAM)Duration: 3 yrsEligibility: 10+2 from a recognised board inany discipline.Career Opportunities: Graduates from thisprogramme are professionally prepared toseek careers in specialised areas and becomeTextile Designers, Fashion Buyers, Selectors,Forecasters, CAD/CAM designers or ApparelMerchandisers.B.A. in FashionCommunication (at IAM)Duration: 3 yrs Eligibility: 10+2 from a recognised board inany discipline.Career Opportunities: This programmeenables creative individuals to flourish in themedia and cultural industries that deal withthe promotion and communication offashion. It includes product launches, storeevents, catwalk shows, TV magazineprogrammes and exhibitions and relates tovisual imagery, text, information andexperimental. It encompasses areas such asgraphic design, display and exhibit design,advertising and branding specific to thefashion and lifestyle industry.M.A. in Apparel ProductionManagement (at IAM)Duration: 2 yrsEligibility: Graduate Degree or equivalent fromany recognised University/institution in anydiscipline. A working knowledge of English isdesirable.Career Opportunities: On completion of theprogramme, students would work as AsstProduction Managers/ProductionExecutives/Assistant QA Managers/AssistantManagers PPC. They would be able tounderstand and work within establishedproduction systems according to thecompanys product requirements and will beable to implement supply chain follow-uprequirement for timely deliveries.M.A in Fashion RetailManagement (at IAM)Duration: 2 yrsEligibility: Graduate Degree orequivalent from any recognisedUniversity/institution.Career Opportunities: The studentswill work as Asst Store/RetailManagers, Management Traineesin Brand or Supply Chain,Management/ Assistant Buyers.MBA in Textile Management(at SVPITM)Duration: 2 yrsEligibility: Graduate and above with aminimum 50 percent from a UGC-recognisedUniversity. Those who have appeared for thefinal-year examination can also apply.Admission Procedure: Candidates who havealready appeared for the entrance exam ofCAT/CET/MAT/ATMA/XAT/OPENMAT last yearneed not to appear in the exam. For furtherdetails, contact Prof P.R.R. Nair, OSD, CCETC,Block-11, IGNOU, New Delhi. Tel: 011-29536975Email: orvisit often complains of lack of trainedmanpower, and educational institutions claimthat their passouts are not finding suitableemployment. Its clear that the problem is not lackof jobs, it is the mismatch between what industryrequires and what educational institutions supply. It makes sense then, that industry actually joinsthe educational arena to give a direction toeducational and training. This is what FutureHuman Development Limited (FHDL), the trainingarm of Kishore Biyanis Future Group, is doing.Since its inception in 2008, it has been focusingon training manpower for retail, hospitality,telecom and other service sector branches. FHDL has now launched four new programmesIGNOU, FUTURE GROUP The IGNOU-IAMFashion and DesignManagementCentre willemerge as aKnowledge Hubfocusing on newareas of highereducation.Somesh Singh, JointDirector, IAMThere is assured placement for the successful candidates at Big Bazaar, Pantaloons and Central.IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010 7in association with the Centre for CorporateEducation Training and Consultancy (CCETC),IGNOU, which again is working with the objectiveof developing programmes in corporateeducation consistent with the requirements ofcorporate sector/industry. The programmes are MBA Retail, BBA RetailServices, MBA Entrepreneurship and BBAEntrepreneurship. The programmes will run fromFuture Groups campuses at Ahmedabad,Bangalore, New Delhi and Kolkata in case ofMasters Programmes, and Ahmedabad,Bengaluru and Kolkata campuses in case ofBachelors programmes. There will be great emphasis on practicaltraining through projects, internship and on-the-job training. As part of the collaboration, IGNOUwill provide the MBA degree, and Future Groupwill provide Certificate in Field Training.Theres assured placement for successfulcandidates at Big Bazaar, Pantaloons andCentral. The advantage that students of theseprogrammes will have is access to Future Groupsinfrastructure, and exposure to various functionsin retail, like sales and customer service and willget to interact with, and learn from, professionalsassociated with the Group. Theres adequate theory component in eachcourse, and to facilitate the teaching process,classrooms have LCD TV for presentations.Theres a computer lab with wi-fi. And theres alsovideo conferencing facility for interaction betweenthe campuses and FHDL corporate office. MBA Retail and MBA entrepreneurship requireCAT/MAT/XAT/ATMA/CET/Open MAT score. Inthe absence of any of these scores, the candidatehas to appear for an entrance exam. Admission is based on performance in groupdiscussion and personal interview. The fee is Rs 2 lakh in MBA Retail and Rs 240,000 in caseof MBA entrepreneurship. In case of BBA Retail Service, the fee is Rs 120,000. In case of BBA entrepreneurship,the fee is Rs 180,000. LAUNCH COURSES IN RETAIL, ENTREPRENEURSHIPindirect jobs. The projected valueof the Indian textile industry iscurrently pegged at $47 billion andis estimated to touch $115 billionby 2015 (domestic share: $60billion; and export market share:$55 billion).With ATDC-IGNOU CommunityCollege Scheme, we arelooking at filling the gapbetween the vocational andmainstream education,says Dr Koshy.According to SomeshSingh, Joint Director, IAM,the new partnership will notonly bring in a newparadigm to the skillsdevelopment mission of theGovernment of India, butalso begin a new chapterfor skills training in fashion,apparel and textiles ataffordable costs, maximumgeographical reach andproviding education and training for alllevels of managerial cadre.The IGNOU-IAM Fashion and DesignManagement Centre will emerge as aknowledge hub, focusing on new areas ofhigher education, applied research andnew knowledge creation with impartingvalue education to create professionalswith a holistic approach, he adds.Having witnessed the surge in theIndian textile and fashion industry, whichis the second-largest employment sectorafter agriculture, the School of VocationalEducation and Training (SOVET), incollaboration with the IAM, is offering full-time Bachelors and Masters DegreeProgrammes (see box).We want vocational education to beredefined as professional education andthis initiative will set up a newbenchmark for qualityeducation in the country,says Prof C.G. Naidu,Director, SOVET.According to Premal H. Udani, Chairman,AEPC/ATDC, The flagshipand core courses of ATDC-IGNOU, with fullbacking of both theexport and domesticindustries assuring100 percent jobs tolearners, will be amajor service todifferentcommunities andapparel clusters. Thisis the right time tojoin ATDC to obtainthe right skills andqualifications to notonly have gainfulemployment but alsoto advance thecareers and lives.Career opportunitiesThere are many career opportunities inthe apparel sector, across variousfunctions. After completing the course,one can opt to become a textile designer,a fashion buyer, a forecaster, a CAD/CAMdesigner, a merchandiser, a productionmanager, a QA manager, a store manageror a retail manager, among others.Rebecca Arora, an IAMite, understoodthis fact early in her career. IAM hashelped me grow my creative, design andmanagement skills to become a truefashion professional. For Sahil Jain, theapparel course has helped his design andmanagement skills come to the fore. Theyare knitting a future that will make themtrailblazers. Its bell to join the force.!" 3.5 crore people employed in textileand apparel sector in India." $29 billion is the size of the domesticapparel market in India." 9 percent is the growth rate at which do-mestic retail market is growing per year." Apparel export is expected to increasefrom the current 3 percent to 9-10percent and beyond. " The export of apparel is expected toreach $15 billion by 2015. " IAM has created programmes in FashionCommunication, Fashion Retail Manage-ment, Apparel Design and Merchandisingand Apparel Production Management tomeet the need for over 20 lakh managers and merchandisers in the next five years or so.APPARELINDUSTRYIGNOU wantsvocationaleducation to beredefined asprofessionaleducation and thisinitiative will set up a newbenchmark forquality education.Prof C.G. Naidu, Director, SOVETThe Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute ofTextile Management (SVPITM) in Coimbatoreand IGNOU are offering a two year full-timeMBA Programme in Textile Management. TheMBA degree is awarded by IGNOU andCertificate of Field Training is awarded bySVPITM. As part of the collaboration, thefollowing courses are planned to be offered:" MBA (Textile Management)" PGDM (Textiles and Apparel)" M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes in Manage-ment with specialisation in Textile and Apparel management" Short-term Skill Development CoursesFUTUREWEAVERSIGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 20108In the midst of the urban chaos ofSouth Delhi is the sprawling MaidanGarhi campus of IGNOU a placeremarkable for its manicured lawnsfringed by seasonal flowers on the onehand, and raw stretches of wilderness onthe other, each complementing the other.The campus also springs surprises likefarmland dedicated to organic vegetables.Theres not just cultivation, but also saleof these products on campus. The greening of the campus received anew thrust on World Environment Day(June 5, 2009) when Vice Chancellor ProfV.N. Rajasekharan Pillai announced aunique Green Campus Programme.Following this, 2010-2011 is beingcommemorated as the Year of BiodiversityConservation at IGNOU. Taking the lead on greening thecampus is IGNOUs Horticulture Cell, witha series of initiatives. This nodal divisionfor greening of campus has, through itsnumerous drives, striven to maintain theessence of biodiversity. Here are some ofits key projects:Gardens and lawns: The Universitymaintains around 30 acres of gardenslocated in different pockets on thecampus, including the roadside. Thesegardens have a large variety of flora suchas trees, bushes and flowering plants.During 2010-11, more than 80 percent ofNATUREZONEThe Green CampusThe Universitytakes steps to green its campus,reiterating itscommitment tobiodiversityconservationIGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010 9the University campus will be madegreen. Since last year, 1.5 acres of thecampus area has been landscaped,grassed and developed into beautifullawns, including two terrace gardens. These lawns and gardens have beendeveloped using locally-available resources and without any chemicals. Inall these lawns, Selection-1 grass varietyhas been planted. In addition to that,saplings of shady trees and fruit treeshave been planted on several stretches of the campus.Seasonal plants: The University growsseasonal flowering plants such as Phlox,Dahlia, Antirrhinum, Pansy, Petunia,Chrysanthemum, Candytuft andBrachycome in different seasons. Aroundfour acres of land is used to cultivatethese seasonal plants. These plants coverthe ground surface and also add to thegreenery of the campus. Seasonal vegetables: The Cell cultivatesdifferent vegetable crops throughout theyear on 2.5 acres of land on the campus.The vegetables are grown as intercrop inthe orchards during all the three seasons,without the use of any chemicals. Thevegetables are sold at the vegetableoutlet of the university campus.Cover crops: Cover crops have beenplanted on the undulating rocky land. Currently, two cover crops Ipomoeaand Wadelia have been planted on 750sq mt. Moreover, these cover crops arealso grown along the roadside so that the land stretch is covered with liveplants. The vegetation has enhanced thegreenery of the campus and is alsopreventing soil loss.Natural forest cover: There are naturalforest patches on the campus.Collectively, these patches account forabout 52 acres of land. The university ismaintaining the natural forest throughgap filling and regular irrigation. There isan effort to ensure minimum disturbancein these areas, which are beingmaintained as a natural habitat. Such agreen area is important for naturalbiodiversity conservation, as it harboursmany species of flora and fauna.!FLORA FUNDAMENTALS: (Clockwise fromtop), the manicured lawn at the ConferenceCentre; untamed nature; vegetable produceand IGNOUs greening activity.52 acres of forest cover30 acres of gardens1.5 acres of thecampus area hasbeen landscaped2.5 acres of landfor vegetables750 sq mts of cover cropNearly 250,000 foreign studentsare currently studying inGermany, of which about 4,200are from India. Back home, thenumber of potential young Indians optingfor the German language as their mainarea of study is roughly estimated atbetween 20 and 40 lakhs. This underlines the fact that thatlearning German or any other foreignlanguage is not just a hobby amongthe youth any more. It is mainstream andis helping improve the Gross EnrollmentRatio (GER) in a significant way.Now, to some important questions:Which institute should one turn to forquality education in learning German,especially if you live in a city that doesn'toffer you opportunities in foreignlanguages? Would you like to teachGerman in a school, college or aprofessional-language institute but don'thave the right qualification? Are youalready employed as a German teacherbut feel lacking somewhere? Come July and you will have answersto all these questions.In a first-of-its-kind teachers' trainingprogramme, IGNOU, the Goethe Institut(commonly known as Max Mller Bhavan)and the University of Vienna, Austria,have collaboratively launched a Diplomain Teaching German (DTG) as a ForeignLanguage via Open and Distance Learning(ODL) mode to overcome the dearth ofqualified teachers in the country. The one-year programme starts fromthe July 2010 academic session.According to Dr Renu Bhardwaj,Director, School of Humanities, and a keyperson behind this unique programme,India needs many professional teachersto cater to the growing demand in theGerman language sector. The lack ofdemand occurs because we dont have aprogramme at the B.Ed. level in Germanlanguage. To meet this challenge, IGNOUhas collaborated with the globally-IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 201010SPOTLIGHTThe German EdgeIn a first-of-its-kindteachers trainingprogramme, IGNOU,the Goethe Institut and the Universityof Vienna, Austria,launch Diploma inTeaching German(DTG) as a ForeignLanguage indistance mode to bridge thedemand-supply gapFrom left, Dr Renu Bhardwaj, Director, School of Humanities; Eberhard Weller, Director (Language Department), Goethe Institut; VC Prof Pillai; Sabine Hartert, project coordinator and Prof Dr Hans-Jrgen Krumm, University of Vienna, launching the German course.recognised institutes like Goethe Institutand University of Vienna for teachingGerman at a more intense level. Thelaunch of this unique distance learningprogramme is a milestone in the Year ofInternational Cooperation, during whichIGNOU has signed almost 100 MoUs withinternational institutes in diverse fields.There is a steep increase in demandfor the German language. It has also beenintroduced as a subject in schools, owingto which more teachers are needed,says Michael Flucht, Director of theGoethe Institut in Pune. Adds Dr Bhardwaj: The Central Boardof Secondary Education and KendriyaVidyalayas have introduced Germanlanguage as a second language in somestates and a third language in others. Itshows the kind of attention German hasreceived in India as a job-oriented tool.The one-year, distance-learning programme consists offour courses with 24 credits,each amounting to a practicalcomponent of 60 hours of realclassroom activities atdesignated schools. Thecounselling sessions withtrained tutors will takeplace once every 15 days.At the end of the practicaltraining, the students willshow two demonstrationlessons of 90 minutes eachin the final examination.In its pilot stage, theprogramme will commencesimultaneously across sixcities, where the GoetheInstituts are located New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune,Mumbai, Bangalore andChennai. Later, we plan tointroduce the programme allover India, including smalltowns and villages, says ShatabdiGhosh, faculty member and coordinatorfor corporate courses, Goethe Institut,New Delhi.Dr Stefan Dreyer, Director, GoetheInstitut, feels that the motivation to learnGerman has increased over the pastyears in India. Till 7-10 years ago,Indians would choose to learn German tobe able to read Kant, Brecht, Grass orGoethe in the original. Today, things aretotally different. We have many youngpeople who want to learn Germanbecause they want to use it to boosttheir chances of success in theirprofessions, Dreyer says.If you observe the crowd in front ofthe Goethe-Institut in New Delhi, forinstance, you may be surprised at howmany young and highly-motivated peopleare coming for the courses in anatmosphere that one could almostdescribe as jovial, says Dr Dreyer.Now, students in remote areas toocan master German with this advancedcourse and increase their chances oflanding good jobs in the future, he adds. Ranjan, a 34-year-old who works for aninsurance company, has been learningGerman for the past three years forpurely pragmatic reasons.I thought if I combine a foreignlanguage with my insurance skills then Iwould have better chances to provemyself and work for a German companyhere in India, he told Deutsche Wellerecently.Kirti, a 21-year-old student at MaxMueller, says she has now abandoned heridea of becoming an Englishlanguage teacher and wouldnow like to teach Germaninstead at the Goethe Institut.Germany is a new country forIndia, German is a newlanguage. That just improvesour career chances, she adds.A tailor-made syllabus andteaching material as per theEuropean standards is beingprepared by a team ofexperienced teachers ofGoethe Institut in India andthe University of Vienna,informs Dr Bhardwaj. On successful completionof the Diploma course, theparticipants will be eligibleto teach German atsecondary schools andcolleges.IGNOUs first foreignlanguage programme in ODLsystem was launched inChennai in 2007 abeginners-level Certificate in GermanLanguage (CGL) course. The Certificate-level course was launched in six cities ofTamil Nadu, which has now beenextended to learners in Kerala. The multimedia course materialprepared by the Goethe Institut for thissix-month course is based on theCommon European Framework ofReference for Language formulated bythe Council of Europe for all Europeanlanguages and leads to the globallyaccepted certificate Start Deutsch 1. The distance learning course module isbased on a radio language course and issupplemented by CD-ROMs, videomaterial and traditional books. Studentscan learn in the classrooms and also takethe advantage of online coaching. According to M. Shanmugham,Regional Director, Madurai, the CGLcourse received good response at theMadurai Regional Centre. Since then, theUniversity has forayed into teachingseveral foreign languages like French,Spanish, Japanese and Arabic.Starting a career in the Germanlanguage has never been as easy before.Karriere Chance!The Front Office OperationCertificatecourse has instilled in me a much-neededconfidence. Now,I find myself atpar with otherprofessionals. Dr Stefan Dreyer, Director, Goethe InstitutIGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010 11! Course starts in July 2010 at the sixGoethe-Instituts Bangalore, Chennai,Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune. ! Minimum Qualifications: BachelorsDegree in any subject. Knowledge ofGerman (B1 Level or higher) fromGoethe-Institut or an equivalentrecognised certification required. ! No teaching experience required. ! Application deadline: June 30, 2010 ! Programme Fee: Rs 1,600! Job opportunities: Interpreters,translators, teachers across thespectrum! For details, go to orvisit 1: How to work with words andtexts, teaching methodology,multilingualism, learning methodology(methods of learning), internaldifferentiation, working with largegroups, culture and civilisation,intercultural learning, analysis of aGerman language class and of teachingmaterials.Course 2: Teaching vocabulary, reading,listening, speaking, writing andphonetics.Course 3: Teaching grammar, differenttypes of exercises, games in theclassroom, projects in the classroom,classroom observation and assessment,types of communication, visual aids,errors and error correction.Course 4: Lesson planning, teaching,practicum, testing, evaluation andstudent counselling.THEPROGRAMMETHECOURSES12NEWSUPDATESJournalists working in print or broadcastmedia, making a transition to onlinemultimedia journalism, are getting anopportunity to learn multimedia journalismskills from the best trainers in the world atthe Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU). IGNOUs School of Journalism and NewMedia Studies (SOJNMS) organised a 10-day workshop Beyond Web 2.0:Multimedia Journalism and Social Media,in collaboration with Deutsche Welle (DW)Akademie, Germany. The trainingprogramme was designed for onlinejournalists seeking to broaden theirmultimedia and social media skills. Itsprimary aim was to acquaint theparticipants with the technologies andconcepts that will be tomorrows web. It focused on providing the participantswith the necessary skills to producemultimedia content and use social mediaplatforms for research, newsgathering,networking and distribution. The training aimed at teaching theparticipants ways to produce and present amultimedia project for the web, how toeffectively use social media during theirwhole working processes, new ways ofusing tools such as digital cameras andmobile phones for producing multimediajournalism and about new online and socialmedia tools that can be practically appliedto journalism. The programme was conducted by GuyDegen and Marcus Bsch.!Eminent journalist and Chairperson, Prasar Bharti, Mrinal Pande inaugurating the DW trainingprogramme in multimedia. Others, from left, are VC Prof Pillai, Guy Degen and Marcus Bsch.DW insight into new media toolsRecycling in learning, agricultural wayLeading agricultural scientists and academics of the countrymet recently at IGNOU to share their innovations inagricultural teaching-learning, at a Workshop titledInnovations in Technology-Mediated Learning: An InstitutionalCapacity Building in Re-Usable Learning Objects in Agro-Horticulture. The focus of discussions was Re-Usable Learning Objects(RLO). RLO technology, as a brochure released on the occasiondescribed, is based on the philosophy of Open EducationalResources (OER). The term OER was first adapted by UNESCOin 2002 as educational resources available freely and openly toanyone who can use, re-use, remix, recycle, redistribute underrestricted or unrestricted manner. RLO is the smallest stand-alone and independent unit of learning designed for reuse inmultiple instructional context, it added.This innovative approach is part of a project of NationalAgricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)-Indian Council forAgricultural Research (ICAR), which has brought togetherleading partners in agricultural education. The School of Agriculture, IGNOU, is the consortium leader,the other partners being the School of Agricultural Sciences,Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU),Nashik; Directorate of Open and Distance Education, Tamil NaduAgricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore; and Division ofKnowledge Management and Sharing, International CropsResearch Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad. The project period is from April 2010 to March 2012, and thefunding partners are NAIP and ICAR.Prof B.S. Hansra, Director, SOA, described the objectives andoutcomes of the project. Dr Surya Gunjal, Director, School ofAgricultural Sciences, YCMOU; Dr Valluva Paridasan, Director,ODL, TNAU; Dr N.T. Yaduraju, National Coordinator, NAIP; and Dr Krishnakumar, Vice Chancellor of YCMOU, were among thosewho shared their perspective. The event was presided over byPro-VC Dr Latha Pillai.!Agricultural scientists and IGNOU faculty at the workshop on RLO.IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 201013NEWSUPDATESThe School of Gender andDevelopment Studies (SOGDS)recently organised a formalinteraction programme of adelegation of women leaders fromAfghanistan with the Vice Chancellor ProfRajasekharan Pillai, Pro-Vice ChancellorDr Latha Pillai, Directors of differentSchools, Professors and researchstudents of the University.The delegation was in India to attend aLeadership Development Workshop,organised by the Institute of GovernmentAccounts and Finance, Government ofIndia, in New Delhi. The delegates hadexpressed desire to visit IGNOU. Dr Pillai welcomed the gathering andbriefly gave an introduction about IGNOU.The Vice Chancellor described howtechnology, and especially e-learning, wasfacilitating distance education in thecountry. Prof Pillai also discussedIGNOUs focus on Inclusive Education andInclusive Growth.The Director of SOGDS, Prof SavitaSingh, gave an introduction about theSchool and its activities, stating how theschool was committed to the promotion ofgender equality in this country through itscurricula and advocacy campaigns. Looking at the SOGDS priorities andvision, the Afghan delegates showed theirinterest in initiating collaboration withSOGDS and IGNOU. The Afghan delegates interacted withthe Directors of the School of HealthSciences, School of Agriculture, School ofLaw and Research Unit. The delegatesalso visited Electronic Media ProductionCentre (EMPC), where a short film onIGNOU was screened.!IGNOUs date with wisdom behind veilSOGDS Director Prof Savita Singh with the Afghan delegation.factoids IGNOU and UNESCO are developing a unique programmeon Grassroots Innovation Management. The first coursehas already been completed.NEWSSCANCourse in water harvesting To handle the acute problem of watercrisis in India, IGNOU is now offering a Certificate Programme in WaterHarvesting, starting July. The six-monthCertificate Programme will impartnecessary skills and expertise tounderstand water-harvesting techniques.The common prospectus can be obtainedfrom the Registrar, SRD, IGNOU, MaidanGarhi, New Delhi-110068. For details,please visit!New Psychology coursesIn an effort to bring Psychology at parwith mainstream subjects of study,IGNOU has launched PsychologyProgrammes at Bachelors and Masterslevels from the July 2010 session,announced Prof Vimala Veeraraghavan,Emeritus Professor, Psychology, School of Social Sciences (SOS). For details, please contact ProfVeeraraghavan at (0)9810132735, or log in to!Vacancies for consultantsIGNOUs Centre for Corporate Education,Training and Consultancy (CCETC) isstarting several new skillbasedprogrammes from the July 2010 session.The CCETC requires three full-timeconsultants to look after various academicprogrammes at the Centre. Interestedcandidates may visit Theapplications can be sent to: The OSD,CCETC, Block 11, Room No. 6, IGNOU,Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068.!IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010Mumbai Regional Centre (RC) organised the 21stConvocation of the Universityat the auditorium of VG Vaze College in Mulund on March 15. Itwas the first time that the Mumbai RCorganised the Convocation Ceremony.Nearly 205 students were handed overDegrees, Diplomas and Certificates at thefunction.Dr M. Rajesh, Regional Director,informed the gathering that theConvocation was held in closeconjunction with the programme held atthe IGNOU Headquarters with the livetelecast of the speech delivered by theChief Guest Prof Shri Krishna Joshi,former Director General, Council ofScientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).Dr M.R. Kurup, an eminenteducationist, was the Guest of Honour atMumbai RC event. He highlighted thesignificance of the emerging trends in theeducation system of the country. Hestated that the new era operates on thenotions of flexibility and multi-tasking,which can be best honed by taking up the versatile programmes offered byinstitutions like IGNOU. A book exhibition showcasing thestudy materials and other publications ofIGNOU was organised at the event.14Achieving educational heightsNearly 274 students receivedCertificates, Diplomas and Degreesat the 21st Convocation Daycelebrated at IGNOUs Shimla RegionalCentre at Excellence College, Sanjauli, onMarch 16. Ashwini Kumar, Director of theCentral Bureau of Investigation (CBI),was the Chief Guest at the event.Naresh Chand from Paunta Sahib areaset an example when he received ProfGrover Cash Award despite beingphysically challenged.Kullu RC and Special Study CentreTalyana (Bilaspur) were honoured with theBest Study Centre Award. Isaan Akhtar, a student of Masters inTourism Management (MTM), andDirector, IGNOU Learners WelfareAssociation in Bilaspur, was felicitatedwith a Letter of Appreciation for hiscontribution towards Open and DistanceLearning (ODL) among the masses.The CBI director, himself an IGNOUstudent in the past, emphasised theimportance of ODL for the learners in theremote areas of the country.REGIONALROUNDUPMumbai RC celebrates first ConvocationMeet the jewelsfrom Jaipur RCIGNOUs Jaipur Regional Centreorganised the 21st Convocation onMarch 15. Dr M.M. Salunkhe, Vice Chancellor, Central University ofRajasthan, was the Guest of Honour.About 399 Degrees and Diplomas wereawarded to the students.Dr Salunkhe talked in details about theproblem of inadequacy of educationalfacilities and inequity in educationalopportunities. He stressed that thesolutions lay outside the conventionaleducation system. He also emphasisedthe need of an economically-viablealternative channel for providingeducation on a large scale.Dr S.N. Ambedkar, Regional Director,reiterated IGNOUs commitment to reachout to the remotest possible learner inthe state and strengthening the ODLsystem for making Rajasthaneducationally advanced.Dr M.R. Kurup (right) at the Mumbai RC Convocation Ceremony on March 15.Dr M.M. Salunkhe and Dr S.N. Ambedkar congratulating a medallist.CBI Director Ashwini Kumar felicitating a meritorious student at the Shimla Convocation.IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 2010 15REGIONALROUNDUPfactoids Prof Shatrughan Kumar, co-ordinator of theFoundation Course in Bhojpuri Language atIGNOU, has been honoured with the Bihari Asmita Samman award 2009.STUDENTSCORNERMVijayan, 42, was in the finalyear of chemistry when hechanged track to join the healthservice sector. The natural corollarywas joining a course in social work,which he did from IGNOU. Thebonanza for Vijayan came when hewas awarded the A.P.J. Abdul KalamAward for Social Work. This healthinspector in the Kerala State HealthServices Department now wants todo a Ph.D. Its my deep passion insocial work that helped me in mystudies. If you are passionate,everything falls in place, he says.Aijaz AhmadShalla, 40, abanker with J&KBank, joinedIGNOUs MBA inBanking (Finance)programme forcareer excellence.Shalla, who has a B.E. in Electronicsfrom REC Jaipur, is today a member ofthe Indian Institute of Bankers. He isall praise for the use of information-communication-technology (ICT) byIGNOU, particularly the Gyan Darshanand Gyan Vani programmes. I madefull use of IGNOUs Internet presence for filling forms and downloadingassignments, he says. IGNOUhappened at the right time for him. Abig boom has come in banking so thecourse will be helpful, he adds.Banking uponIGNOU!Following hisdreamsThe IGNOU Institute for VocationalEducation and Training (IIVET),Shillong, held an expert committeemeeting to develop modules onDestination North East India recently. Dr Harkirat Bains, Director, School ofTourism and Hospitality ServicesManagement (SOTHSM), Dr ParamitaSuklabaidya, Programme Cordinator,BAIHA, and experts from all across thecountry participated in the meeting.The modules are aimed at developingthree hospitality-related programmes Certificate in Front Office Management,Certificate in Housekeeping and Certificatein Food and Beverages. Initially, theseprogrammes will be implemented inMeghalaya, Assam and Sikkim.Building blocks of societyThe IGNOU Institute for VocationalEducation and Training (IIVET),Shillong, in collaboration with theNational Academy of Construction (NAC),Hyderabad, held a three-month trainingprogramme in Masonry from November2009 till March 2010. A batch of 20trainees participated in the programme.This training has enriched us withtechnical and practical skills in Masonrywhich can be adapted to the modern world.We can now effectively implement what wehave learnt. We also received Certificateson Mason, Assistant Mason from NCVT,NAC and IGNOU, says WantribookKharnaior, a 51-year-old participant.Destination N-E IndiaThree passouts of B.Sc. (Nursing)Programme have made IGNOU proudby completing M.Sc. (Nursing)Programme under West Bengal Universityof Health Sciences. Sampa Gupta stood1st and has joined as a lecturer at AsiaFoundation, Kolkata. Nirupama Nayakcame second and is now a lecturer atK.P.C. Medical College. Ruby Giri hasjoined Midnapore Medical College.IGNOU has entered into a partnershipwith Ahmedabad ManagementAssociation (AMA). Under thisarrangement, IGNOU has recognised the Post-Graduate Programme inInternational Business Management(PGPIBM) run by AMA for its MBADegree. The first batch of 19 studentscompleted the two-year course during2007-09.Treatment over MBA allianceSOTHSM faculty and experts at the meeting at IIVET, Shillong.Dr Carol Stax Brown, National Directorof Community College InitiativeProgrammes (CCIP) of the United States,visited IGNOU last month. During her visit,she interacted with the Principles/In-charges of the Community Colleges inDelhi and NCR. She briefed the gatheringabout the initiatives in her country.!IGNOU OPEN LETTER | JUNE 15, 201016MILESTONESONCAMPUSHIGHLIGHTSThe International Conference on Disaster Management November, 1999: The Faculty of PublicAdministration, School of Social Sciences,organises an International Conference onDisaster Management: Cooperative Networkingin South Asia.4th Annual Lecture by the Dalai LamaDecember, 1999: The Dalai Lama speaks onCompassion: The Basis for Non- Violence at the4th Annual Lecture, organised by the School ofSocial Sciences.Workshop on parents awarenessDecember, 1999: The Centre for ExtensionEducation organises a Workshop on ParentsAwareness in Primary Schooling. Gyan Darshan launchedJanuary, 2000: Prof Murli Manohar Joshi,Minister of Human Resources Development,Government of India, launches Indias firstEducation Channel, Gyan Darshan.IGNOUs participation in World Book FairFebruary, 2000: IGNOU participates in theWorld Book Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.IGNOU-AIR FORCE joint ventureApril, 2000: IGNOU-Air Force EducationalProject is launched under a single windowoperation scheme.First edu-channelFRIDAY June 1806:00: Cyber Crimeand Law09:30: Education:Teacher Education: A Point of View13:00: Science/Environment/Health:Physics of Dance20:00: UGC/CEC:Psychology: Youth Suicide Prevention: A Discussion; Under-standing Dreams; States of MindSUNDAYJune 2005:30: UGC/CEC:Music, Arts and Culture: Teejan Bai;Khatamband13:30: IGNOU-UrduProgramme: Phir LautAaye Faiz; Jilani BanoKi Afsana Nigari20:00: UGC/CEC:Technology: Boat Building: A TraditionMarginalised; ScreenPrinting; Computers inDistance EducationTUESDAYJune 2205:30: UGC/CEC:History: Urban Economy in MughalIndia 13:00: Science/Environment/Health:Parmanu Ki Sanrachna Aitihasik Paridrishti17:00: United Nations:An Experiment To SaveThe World21:00: IGNOU-SOS:Chilka Our NationalHeritageTHURSDAYJune 2406:00: Role of Informa-tion and Communication Technology in Life-Long Learning10:30: NCERT/CIET:Sec and Sr. Sec: Conservation of Waterfor IrrigationSATURDAYJune 2610:00: IGNOU:Hindi Ke BadhteKadam18:30: NIOS: Conser-vation of Nutrients22:00: IGNOU/Culture: PracticalMusicMONDAYJune 2805:30: UGC/CEC:Fine Arts: Thangka:The Holy Art of Tibet 11.00: Air Pressure &Wind - I13:00: Science/Environment/Health:The Story of A River [ Not to beMissedWatch a special programme onWomen Empowerment: TheSilent Revolution at 11:30 amon Monday, June 28. Womensempowerment is the biggest social change of our times. Theprogramme highlights howwomen are taking control oftheir life.]The School of Humanities recently organised an Orientation Programme forUrdu Counsellors. Prof Naseer Ahmad Khan(extreme left), Vice Chancellor Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, (second from left), andProf Renu Bhardwaj, Director, SOH (thirdfrom left), addressed the gathering.CCIP Director Dr CarolBrown visits IGNOUDr Pankaj Khare is the new Registrar,Student Registration Division, IGNOU.His responsibilities include overseeingstudent registration in 348 academicprogrammes bycreating, maintainingand implementingadmission processes;data-warehousing andits maintenance forregistration and re-registration ofstudents, and design,development andmarketing of IGNOUprogrammes.A Doctor of Philosophy in MultimediaEducation from Madhya Pradesh Bhoj(Open) University, Dr Khare is a recipientof Wadia Institute of Himalayan GeologyResearch Fellowship (1982).Admission date extendedDr Khare has announced extension of lastdate to July 30, 2010 for the followinggraduation programmes: " Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)" Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)" Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) " Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA). For details, visit!New responsibility