Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to have its own community
December 27, 2012
New Delhi: The headquarters of the Indira Gandhi National Open University
(IGNOU) will soon have its own community radio which shall serve listeners
under the radius of 8 to 10 kilometers. It is hoped that the radio can be
used to broadcast issues pertaining to rational thinking, gender issues
and various other situations that can be brought forward for the community
The statement was announced during the three-day national seminar,
beginning today, on 'Radio and Equitable Education to all' in the
convention centre at the IGNOU headquarters, organized by the Distance
Education Programme- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (DEP-SSA), which is an
IGNOU-MHRD initiative, in collaboration with UNICEF, National Institute of
Open Schooling (NIOS), Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) and
Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
Prof. Vijitha Nanayyakara, Vice Chancellor, Sri Lanka Open University,
during his speech as a guest of honour, emphasized that, "India is far
ahead of Sri Lanka in the utilization of radio in education. Sri Lanka is
in the process of using radio as new distance learning initiative."
He stated that for equitable education we have to adopt a holistic
approach keeping in view the social, cultural and political factors. "The
Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation had started educational programmes for
the school curriculum through local TV which has been a great success.
Radio is comparatively a more cost-effective medium which can impart
education at primary and secondary level," he added.
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