IGNOU Vice Chancellor Professor VN Rajasekharan Pillai announced training and education of youth who are Below Poverty Line (BPL) in six states of the country – UP, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Orissa and Tamil Nadu. Five vocational training and educational programmes have been identified for online delivery. IGNOU has partnered with SREI Sahaj e-village Ltd., a Kolkata based company, which is implementing the CSC project in six short-listed states.
Programmes that will be introduced to these students will be certificate programmes in Computer Basics, Advanced Computing, Job Training and Interview Etiquette, along with a Diploma in Advanced Computing. The proposed programmes will be offered online from application to certification stages. The programmes will be conducted through a Common Service Centre (CSC) in each village panchayat office at the six selected states of Assam, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar , UP and Tamil Nadu. Teachers from nearby areas are being hired to teach and guide the IGNOU students in every village panchayat.