In an attempt to boost quality education and training, come courses offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will be recognised by UNESCO. An agreement of Cooperation (AoC) was signed between IGNOU and UNESCO for co-branding certain identified courses. The AoC was signed during the visit of UNESCO Director General Irina G Bokova to IGNOU. The university reported that both IGNOU and UNESCO are to develop cooperation between each other through academic exchange and collaboration for advancement of quality education and training. As per the AoC, IGNOU and UNESCO will collaborate in promoting a system of research and training in the fields of journalism and media studies, science education, teacher training and ICT-enhanced distance learning.
An IGNOU Silver Jubilee Special Lecture on 'Building Inclusive Knowledge Societies in a Globalised World: Opportunities and Risks' was delivered by Bokova. It is expected that the interdisciplinary research, along with local and indigenous knowledge will be enhanced through this cooperation. It would also be supportive in developing methods for evaluating and applying science and technology with a view to the development of sustainable practices for human resource development.
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