Thursday, April 4, 2019

IGNOU awards 2 Lakh Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees at its 32nd Convocation: Over 947 UG and PG students gets their certificates in Port Blair

TMI Correspondent
New Delhi/ Port Blair, Apr 03: Indira Gandhi National Open University, the largest Open University in the world hosted its 32nd Convocation today at Baba Saheb Ambedkar Convention Centre, IGNOU Campus, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi. The University awarded 200,000 degrees, diplomas, and certificates in the Convocation to the successful students in their respective programmes. Gold medals were also awarded to over 70 meritorious students in the Convocation. Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Honourabe Vice-President of India was the Chief Guest and delivered the 32nd Convocation Address on the occasion.
Similarly, the 32nd Convocation function of IGNOU was arranged at Port Blair in the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Auditorium and displayed the live programme of 32nd Convocation of IGNOU held in New Delhi in projector.
The gathering at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Auditorium witnessed the speech of Hon'ble Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, while lauding the University's mission of 'democratization of education' and 'reaching the unreached' Shri M Venkaiah Naidu said that IGNOU has made knowledge acquisition accessible to many learners, who otherwise were unable to attend regular institutes of higher learning. Stressing the need for students to continuously learn to remain competitive in this ever-changing world, Vice President said, "Learning does not end with the acquisition of an educational degree. Learning is an ongoing process and you need to upgrade knowledge on a daily basis to face a highly competitive world. As you all are aware, India was once known as Vishwaguru and students from across the world used to come here and study in reputed learning centres like Takshashila."
He also urged the youngsters to re-establish India as a knowledge and innovation hub. And for that to happen, he said that we have to completely overhaul our higher education system to cater to the fast changing requirements of the 21st century in different sectors apart from remoulding the syllabi and pedagogy, the stress should be on learning-by-doing.

Speaking at the Convocation function held at Port Blair in the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Auditorium, Dr. Sibnarayan Dam Roy, Former Director, Principal Scientist & Head (Fish and Fisheries Science), CIARI, Port Blair as guest of honour, appreciated Regional Director of IGNOU for efforts in improving its reach to the every corner of the A&N Islands. He also appreciated the working section of students, who have studied alongwith working in their respective fields or organizations. He said, "Education is a liberating and democratizing force cutting across various classes for smoothening out inequality". "The quality teaching of IGNOU by distance learning, with significance to teach higher education and professional development of the people is now teaching about 3 million learners all over India", he added. He also congratulated the IGNOU students who were successfully completed their Diplomas, Degrees and has presented certificates to about 300 students present in the 32nd Convocation of IGNOU.

Earlier, Dr. S. Ganesan, Regional Director, IGNOU, Port Blair gave a detailed presentation of development since last one years. He said, over 49950 students are pursuing their studies in IGNOU from A&N Islands. He further informed that 24% of growth in Regional Port Blair in degree course since two years, and growth in fresh admissions in January cycle is 17% and 15% in July cycle, which shows the tremendous development of IGNOU in Port Blair Region. Apart from this, the process of admission, exam fees and other things made easy by online. Students friendly activities, like classes on demand and video classes for IGNOU students as well as other college students is getting good response from students. Dr. S. Ganesan further said, about 51 articles published in local newspapers based on studies and development of learners. Meanwhile, Dr. S. Ganesan presented mementos to the close associates of IGNOU and certificates to the NCC and NSS cadres of JNRM also presented on the occasion.

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