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30% increase in IGNOU enrollments, despite recession

Last Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 17:32

Kochi: Despite recession, the Indira Gandhi
National Open University (IGNOU) has seen a 25-30 percent
increase in enrollments in its educational institutions
Vice-Chancellor, Dr V N Rajasekharan Pillai, said here on Monday.

"Because of the downturn, educational institutions all over
the world have seen an upsurge in educational activities. Due
to this, a large number of collaborations are coming to IGNOU,
which has seen a 25 percent to 30 percent increase in
enrollments", he told reporters here.

Stating that the IGNOU model was being adopted by many
colleges, he said they provide capabilities in India and
abroad and that at least 20 foreign universities are looking
at IGNOU for providing quality education.

India also needs high quality education and quality should
not be a scapegoat, he said.

Many corporates also do not want employees to go away and
make use of the opportunties in IGNOU. The university has
created a centre for corporate education and training and tied
up with serveral corporates, he said.

However, the fallout of recession was shortage of qualified
teachers as those qualified were getting more enquiries.

He stressed the need for flexible educational and training
opportunities and said over 28,000 students had enrolled for
various IGNOU programmes.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 17:32

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