The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched an online 'Leadership Programme on Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development'. D. Purandeswari, Union Minister of State for HRD, launched the programme and its website. The function was presided over by Professor M.S.Swaminathan, Honorary Chair, Chair for Sustainable Development, IGNOU and Professor Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor IGNOU. The gathering was addressed by Kerry Pelzman, Acting Mission Director, USAID, Dr. Rajiv Tandon, Coordinator, Coalition for Sustainable Nutrition Security in India, Professor Latha Pillai, Pro-VC IGNOU and Dr. M.K. Salooja, School of Agriculture, IGNOU. This Nutrition Security programme can be completed in a minimum period of one month and maximum six months. It is intended to sensitize and guide policy and programme leaders to rely more on evidence based programming for achieving nutrition security and sustainable development.
This programme is open to candidates who are graduates or equivalent in any discipline from any recognized University. There is a special focus on candidates working in the health and nutrition sector, including policy makers and programme implementers, civil society and public health nutrition professionals.