Indira Gandhi National Open University became the first university in the country to provide MA Hindi programme online. The initiative was launched by Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ through a Facebook live session.
The new online programme is initiated to give strength to the “Padhe Online” campaign. The minister stressed on the role the Hindi language plays not in India but in other countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, etc.
He congratulated Prof. Nageshwar Rao, VC IGNOU for the initiative and encouraged other institutions to promote online education.
He said “In the last five years, more than 85 thousand learners have enrolled themselves in MA Hindi programme in IGNOU. The same number of students must have also been registered in the BA Hindi programme. This number is going to increase rapidly.”
The HRD Minister also said that initiatives like National Digital Library (NDL), Swayam, Swayam Prabha, Diksha among other platforms are offering online education to lakhs of learners across the country and this step will give stimulus to digital learning.
IGNOU offers online courses through its portal www.iop.ignouonline.ac.in. The online programme also includes video and audio lectures, tutorials, etc. The online programmes will be offered in the fee structure similar to conventional programmes.