The Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) has brought out its calendar for 2009-10. STRIDE is an Indira Gandhi National Open University wing that intends to develop capacities among resource persons engaged in open and distance learning. Organisations of all types including government and semi-government, private, and partner institutes which need their staff to be trained will now be able to apply for teachers' training at IGNOU. The calendar covers a wide range of training schedules in various disciplines. The training programmes are short-term including academic, technical, professional, non-academic and administrative. The target groups are employees of IGNOU, State open universities, correspondence course institutes and other agencies and organisations across the country and overseas.
STRIDE also identifies training needs of different target groups in open and distance learning, builds up a resource base of up-to-date information and training material, courses and expertise, organises and conducts staff development activities and offers degree programmes leading to M.Phil./Ph.D. Training of teachers being key to quality education in the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of pedagogy, STRIDE conducts various training programmes for the faculty, administrative and support staff engaged in ODL in India and abroad.