Sunday, September 09, 2012

IGNOU announces admissions for its six online programmes

The Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU's) Chair for Sustainable Development (CSD) announces admissions for its six online programmes --- Appreciation Programme on Sustainability Science (APSS), Leadership Programme on Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development (LPNSSD), Appreciation Programme on Sustainable Management of Wetlands (APSMW), Appreciation Programme on Sustainable Management of Ganga - A Scientific Approach (APSMG), Leadership Programme on Himalayan Ecosystems (LPHECO) and Appreciation Programme on Sustainable Management of Biodiversity (APSMBIO).

The last date to apply for these programmes is September 25, 2012. These online programmes are offered through an integrated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) christened as Sustainable Action and Virtual Education (SAVE) Platform covering all the activities, from registration to certification.

The teaching-learning process in an online programme includes: (a) Integrated multimedia courseware (personalised learning space), (b) Online counselling and mentoring (web conferencing, text based chatting), (c) 24x7 learner support, (d) Assignment Management System, (e) E-tutor based practical for selected programmes, (f) Group based online seminar, (g) Online Project platform and (g) Online Term End Examination (proctored) for selected programmes.

A number of online counselling sessions are conducted to help the students for understanding the study materials. Students can access study material anywhere across the globe online and can attend the counselling session to interact with the expert and with other students. They have to appear the Term End Examination through online from any of the regional centres.

After completion of these courses, participants will have a broad understanding on the principle of sustainable management of different ecosystem and its inter-linkages to livelihood improvement. This knowledge may be able to equip the student in joining national and international organisation that are searching for the professionals who can handle the cross cutting social issues.

Source: The Times of India (Online Edition), September 9, 2012

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