New Delhi: To preserve and promote traditional art forms, IGNOU on Tuesday said it will offer a certificate programme in `indigenous practices` such as tribal and martial arts.
An MoU has been signed with the 4 zonal cultural centres under the Ministry of Culture as part of its Guru Shishiya Parampara Scheme so that the regions can promote their rich culture, including performing arts, which are unique to their place.
The 4 zonal centres are the South Zone Cultural Centre in Thanjavur, South Central Zone Cultural Centre in Nagpur, the North Central Zone Cultural Centre at Allahabad and the East Zone Cultural Centre in Kolkata.
North Central Zone Cultural Centre has already shortlisted 19 Gurus and around 162 students including accompanists for the programme, a realse from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) said.
Some of the art forms that will be covered under this programmes are folk and tribal arts, martial arts and oral traditions.
The eligibility for admission is class 10 pass, with the programme duration being a minimum of two years.