IGNOU to launch Special Campaign on August 23
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is launching a campaign from August 23 at three regions in the country, including Madurai, to enhance the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education.
Through this initiative, the university will give special focus to four districts that come under the jurisdiction of its Madurai Regional Centre – Theni, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Tiruvarur.
The three regions to be covered through this campaign will be Madurai, Bhopal and Ahmadabad.
The GER enhancement mission will be launched simultaneously in the three regions and the local authorities have been requested to take steps for involvement of non-governmental organisations that are actively working in educational activities in rural areas.
M. Shanmugham, Regional Director, IGNOU Madurai Regional Centre told here on Tuesday that the selection of four districts was done based on a status report of University Grants Commission (UGC).
“The low education profile found in Theni, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Tiruvarur will be improved by this special drive. Our university’s objective is to increase the enrolment of eligible youngsters for higher education,” he said. In Tamil Nadu, IGNOU will also take the help of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in identifying the NGOs/individuals who could reach out to rural areas in the sphere of higher education, he said.
According to him, this is for the first time that the university has taken up a national plan for enhancing the Gross Enrolment Ratio and to expand the overall access to higher education.
Textbooks in Tamil
Dr. Shanmugham said the translation of IGNOU study materials from English to Tamil had has been going on in full swing and they would be ready by January session.
“Students are now allowed to write the examinations in regional language of their choice. So, our university is preparing the study materials in Tamil,” he said.
The Madurai Region of the IGNOU had been entrusted with the responsibility of translating the English study material into Tamil for six courses.
“We are not doing the verbatim translation word by word. The translation experts have the freedom to do it in their own style but to retain the content and theme,” said the Regional Director.
While the translation will be completed by October, the printing work would be undertaken in December at the university’s empanelled printing centres so as to keep them ready for the admission session that begins in coming January.