TNOU to provide Free Education to 20,000 Widows, Orphans
The Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) has devised a ‘beneficiary plan’ wherein it would provide free of cost education / training to 20,000 widows and destitute / orphan students in Tamil Nadu.
This scheme will be implemented through community colleges with the funds received by the university from the Distance Education Council, New Delhi.
Kalyani Anbuselvan, TNOU Vice-Chancellor along with Registrar S. Shanmugiah and senior university officials made a presentation here on Sunday on the various academic and administrative plans of the university.
“Our university is concerned about the welfare of widows and girls who lost parents. They will be admitted in community colleges and would be given free education and training,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
In tune with the times, the TNOU is also focusing on e-content and e-learning. With the help of its well-equipped media studio and satellite connectivity, the university is setting up ‘virtual classrooms’ at 11 centres in the State.
Dr. Kalyani Anbuselvan said that students in one particular region would be brought to the University Coordinating Centres to listen to lectures / classes to be organised through tele-connectivity with a timetable.
The university has prepared Self Instruction Materials in the form of CDs for all the courses. “CDs are ready for 90 courses and they would be released by the Chief Minister and Higher Education Minister very soon,” she informed.
Stating that the objective of TNOU is to reach the unreached, the varsity Registrar Dr. Shanmugiah said that an innovative attempt was taken up for a target group of 5,000 haircutters to enhance their professional skills.
“Books were prepared already as per the modern trend. They will be given a study material kit,” he said. The university which started functioning from 2003-04 with 14,000 students is today offering 120 courses and has three lakh students.