IGNOU to concentrate on sustainability of Rivers

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started focusing on new areas like sustainability of wetlands in the country and in this context would look at the possibility of initiating an action for sustainability of rivers in Tamil Nadu also.

As a first step, the university has begun developing a module for ‘Sustainability of Ganga’ where it will mobilise social action coupled with academic pursuit for saving the river Ganges and play its role in the ‘Save Ganga Movement’.

V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, IGNOU Vice – Chancellor, told on Friday that the university’s Chair for Sustainable Development had started focusing on wetlands in order to protect all the water resources like rivers and backwaters.

“This is a very relevant issue today. It is high time we look at sustainability of our wetlands and undertake research in that direction. We will be looking at possibilities in Tamil Nadu also and contribute towards rivers and water resources in this State,” Dr. Pillai said.

He was in the city to participate in the valedictory function of the international conference on “Computers, Communication and Intelligence” which was organised by the Velammal College of Engineering and Technology.

The IGNOU Vice – Chancellor said that the university has developed an appreciation module that advocates social action towards sustainability by involving the general public.

“This idea of launching programme for sustainability of wetlands was taken out of the experience of Kuttanad development in Kerala where its focus was on protecting the backwaters.”

The varsity’s wetland programme is being coordinated by Manju Sharma, former Chairperson, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. Programmes for sustainability of wetlands will be contextualised to suit the local requirements and local people will be involved in this objective. Dr. Pillai also said that the university has introduced two new courses – B.A. and M.A in Psychology – which would be offered through its regional centres.

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