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Recent Initiatives
Updated on 06 Oct, 2017


  • Seventy Face-to-face orientation programmes for Academic counsellors have been organized at a large scale across the country for various programmes in 2016-17 , in order to strengthen academic counselling through LSCs. Such programmes were held programme wise, at Regional Centres and the Division has successfully trained and enriched the pool of academic counselors for better familiarity with the ODL system and strengthening of student support.
  • Zone wise Regional Directors Meetings were organized in 2016-17 at Bhubaneshwar (East Zone), Lucknow (North Zone), Madurai (South Zone), Panaji (West Zone) and Shillong (North East Zone) with a view to improving the academic and administrative functioning of the student support network.
  • Coordinators Conferences were organized at Guwahati (for North-East Regional Centres) , Udaipur (for Regional Centres of Jaipur and Jodhpur), Vijaywada (for RCs of Vijaywada, Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam). For the first time, these conferences were organized for Regional Centres , State wise. With the objective of addressing issues , sharing best practices and experiences in the perspective of state/ region. Such conferences are also planned for the states of Karnataka at Bangalore (for Regional Centres of Bijapur, Bangalore and Panaji) , Bihar, Jharkhand and Chatisgarh at Ranchi ( for Regional Centres of Ranchi, Patna, Raipur, Saharsa, Darbhanga, Deoghar and Bhagalpur), Orissa at Bhubaneshwar (for the Regional Centres of Bhubaneshwar and Koraput). 
  • Conferences and Seminars on topics of relevance have been planned and organized to provide a platform to the Academics and Teachers from within and outside the system to share views , ideas, innovative practices and research outputs in the field of ODL , higher education, skill development etc. Two such conferences were organized by RC NOIDA and RC Jorhat in 2017. Many such conferences are likely to be organized in the coming months. 
  • The Division, through its network of Regional Centres has striven to make education more inclusive by adopting the target area approach. The target area approach has lead to special initiatives for the North – East Region by creating a ‘North-East Council for IGNOU Regional Centres (NECIRC)’. NECIRC has been mandated to evolve strategies for overall educational development of the North-East Region. A Nodal Office for NECIRC has been created at RC Shillong. 
  • The target group approach has lead to establishment of special study centres in Jails across India. At present, there are 135 jail centres spread within the jurisdiction of 41 RCs.
    Awareness Camps for Handloom Weavers’ Community were organized across the country by the Regional Centres. A large number of them have taken admission in the programmes offered by IGNOU.
    The SC / ST students seeking admission in BDP and BPP programmes have been exempted from payment of programme fee thus, aiming to promote education in this category of students , residing in the rural and remote areas of the country. 
  • The Regional Services Division of the University coordinates and oversees the activities done at the Regional Centres under the programmes initiated by the Government of India for training and upliftment of the rural population, such as the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, under which more than 100 villages have been adopted for educational and overall betterment of livelihoods. 
  • In keeping with the Government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, Regional Centres have actively participated in creating awareness about cashless transactions. Training of ‘e-Kranti Volunteers’ has been taken up on a large scale by the Regional Centres under overall monitoring by the RSD.