Indira Gandhi National Open University – CIC North East Project
Posted by egovindia on June 22, 2006
The North eastern states are very different in many ways from the other parts of India. It is a land of breath-taking natural beauty. The region comprises of eight states viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. These States have the maximum number of Tribals living within. Many tribal languages are spoken throughout these eight states. This region has remained backward in the field of communications and even after fifty years of independence , the region has a poor economy and connectivity remains a problem. Territory wise this region is the most sensitive region touching many countries like China, Tibet, Bhutan, Myanmar & Bangladesh. In view of the continuing backwardness of North East region, the need for a new and synergetic incentive package was widely felt to stimulate development of industries. Hon'ble Prime Minister made a statement at Guwahati on October 27, 1996 that new initiatives would be announced for the industrial development of the North Eastern Region. Though natural resources are available in plenty , scarcity is felt in terms of manpower. People of this region feel un-secured and do not come forward to accept the responsibilities due to the frequent intervention of militancy. Towards the development of North East, the Government of India implements the projects & programmes by providing funds through different Ministries. One of the on going projects with IGNOU which is sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development on 'Educational Development of North East and Sikkim'. This project is funded by MHRD from a non-lapsable central pool of resources(NLCPR)created in the planning commission. An amount of Rs.8 crore has been sanctioned to IGNOU by the Ministry for the educational Development in the North East. . The objectives of this project include:
|Creating educational accessibility in all the eight States of north east region by establishing the learning centres/tele learning centres covering the remote and far off places of the States.|
IGNOU Regional Centres (RCs) have been functional in Shillong and Guwahati since 1988 and 1996 respectively. Other six centers became operational in the state capitals of all the
Sikkim since January 2001 under North East Educational Development Project. In all the Regional Centres of North East tele-learning centers have been established with 15 to 30 computers based on the size and requirement of the respective centers. Computers have also been provided at the select study centres also
2.1 Delivery Service Network
IGNOU has established 128 learning centres so far in all eight States of North east as a delivery network to meet the requirement of the learners and provide better services to them. Most of the study centres are equipped with computers and down linking facility to access the IGNOU satellite programmes. IGNOU has also signed an MOU with
Director General, Assam Rifles, Shillong in April 20,2002 to establish a Regional Centre at Assam Rifles. More twenty study centres have been made operational under this project to deliver the IGNOU programmes.
2.2 FM Radio Stations
Prasar Bharti and Ministry of Communication Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India have, in principle, accepted the need for establishing FM Radio stations in the North East Region. During the first phase of the expansion programme, two State capitals, Guwahati & Shillong, were identified for this purpose and the operation of these two stations is expected to begin soon. During the second phase, six remaining state capitals are expected to have FM radio stations. IGNOU will play a major role as a nodal agency for the operation of the FM stations.
As a part of the North East Educational Development activity, the Computer Literacy Programme(CLP) was launched from November 1,2002 in most of the states of North East. This was launched through select study centers of IGNOU and Community Information Centres (CICs) of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology spread across the region on pilot basis. As a collaborative initiative, IGNOU has signed an MOU with Ministry of Communications & Information Technology on 31st March 2003 for the utilization of the Community Information Centres of North East established by the Ministry. CLP is a computer training programme of one month duration covering the basics of computer operations and applications (WINDOWS & MS-OFFICE) . A certificate of participation is awarded by IGNOU to the successful participants. IGNOU has specially designed & prepared a set of printed material in English for Computer Literacy Programme and the same has been translated in Hindi also. As and when the need is felt, material can be translated in other Indian languages and the programme can be activated in the respective states.Through its pilot launch of CLP training, IGNOU could train considerable number of candidates in different states of North East. Activation of more such centres is in the process. The number of participants who have successfully completed CLP from the entire North East till May 2004 is 3941. Following is the State wise break up of number of CIC’s under operational for CLP programme and total enrolment till May 2004.
Name of the RC
|Number of CIC Activated||Number of Students trained at CIC/TLC
(till May 2004)
2.4 Admission procedure for CLP
Detailed information about the programme, eligibility criteria, programme fee etc is available in the prospectus . Interested candidates can download admission form. Filled in applications along with required fee should be submitted to IGNOU Regional centre of your State whose address is given in www.ignou.ac.in. Admission to this programme is done on monthly basis. You can opt any of the Community Information Centres near to your place or tele-learning centres of IGNOU for practical training.
2.5 Self Instructional Study material for CLP
IGNOU provides printed study material to its learners. There is no separate charges for the study material.
North East Educational Media focus(NEMFo) is a special initiative undertaken by IGNOU in collaboration with EMPC to train the young film produces from the North East. In the first phase 19 films have been completed . Basically these films are aimed at capacity building and also to encourage the young professionals to contribute to the making of documentary films related to environment, ecology, social and cultural aspects of North east Region. This would also help in generating self employment in the region. Many of the films have been selected for screening at the India International center ( IIC ),
New Delhi.3. North East Cell at IGNOU Headquarters In order to coordinate the activities of the project in the region as well as with the various Ministries IGNOU has set up a special cell at its Headquarters with the following officials: