Australian deputy prime minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday launched three ICT programmes at IGNOU. The programmes are being developed in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The international initiative brings together IGNOU and QUT to offer ICT-enabled diploma in primary education (DPE), dual-doctoral programme for research and teaching assistant and an online programme in master of intellectual property law.
According to the partnership, the students will take admission in Ignou for the courses developed in collaboration with the QUT. After completion a part of the courses at Ignou, the rest of the course will be completed at QUT. The students will get dual degrees one each from both the universities. Vice chancellor of Ignou, V N Rajasekharan Pillai said, 'India today needs about 22 lakhs additional teachers for the primary section alone in view of the implementation of the recently passed Right to Education Bill. They must be well trained themselves first before taking up teaching at primary levels. The teaching-learning process can be successful only if the teachers are trained enough. The collaboration will look into this area.'