IGNOU launches programme to reach out to underprivileged

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has developed a new programme called Ability Development and Inclusive Programme in order to make education more accessible for the underprivileged. The programme by IGNOU is aimed at reaching those who are not much aware about the various courses that are offered by the university the distance learning as well as on campus. The university is also considering plans to tie up with non-governmental organizations that work with the underprivileged to make them aware of the opportunities for them that are provided by the university. IGNOU Regional Director K.D. Prasad said, “The fee that students have to pay for our annual course is only Rs.1,700. Even though it is very affordable, people are not aware about these courses. We are targeting these people so that they have access and the opportunity to pursue higher education.” He further added that the university will be conducting monthly open house sessions to provide information to prospective students about various courses that are offered by the university and their course content. He also said that the university had plans to begin a career counseling unit at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) centre on Jai Singh Road. A problem that had been faced by students pursuing various courses from the university was late declaration of results. However, the university had, this year, announced the results of around 3 lakh students within 45 days when earlier it had taken around two to three months.