New Delhi: Making its foray into formal
education services, Finnish handset maker Nokia today entered
into a strategic partnership with Indira Gandhi National Open
University (IGNOU) to provide certificate programmes in
English language through its devices.
As per the alliance, the two organisations will pilot a
Certificate Programme in Functional English (CFE) on Nokia
devices supporting the Ovi Life Tools.
Nokia is already offering education services through its
Life tools, however, this is for the first time that the
handset maker will be offering Certificate courses.
Ovi Life Tools is a set of mobile information and
application services covering crop prices, education, health,
games, maps, music and entertainment.
As of now, there are about 4.7 million subscribers for
the Nokia Life Tools services.
The programme will start from January next year in select
districts of Maharashtra and its cost is Rs 1,900 per student.
As a part of the programme, Nokia will make available
IGNOU admission forms with Nokia phones supporting Ovi Life
"As of the now, the programmes will be available on more
than 12 variants of Nokia devices pricing between Rs 1,500 and
Rs 6,000," Nokia India MD D Shivakumar told reporters here.
The enrolled students besides receiving the study
material and related support from IGNOU will also receive
daily learning content via Ovi Life Tools Services.
On completion of the programme they will get certificates
Post the pilot programme, Nokia and IGNOU will jointly
assimilate the learnings from the pilot project and extend it
further to other programmes of IGNOU.