30% increase in IGNOU enrollments, despite recession

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