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National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students for the year 2023-24 (English) || (Hindi)

Training Calendar -2023-24
Activity Calendar -2023-24 

The Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) was set up as the Division of Distance Education in 1986, soon after the establishment of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 1985, to cater to the training needs of various functionaries of IGNOU and the ODL system in the country. Later, based on the proposal by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, and on declaration of DDE as Centre of Excellence in Training by COL, the Division of Distance Education of IGNOU was upgraded into the Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) in 1993 with the aim of setting up a training and research institute for distance education in the South Asian Region.

STRIDE has been conducting training and research activities for IGNOU, State Open Universities (SOUs), other distance education institutes, and all higher education Institutions (HEIs) across the country, and has been involved in offering its long term capacity building programmes at the National and International spheres through its PGDDE, MADE, PGDDEOL and MADEOL programmes. Its PGDDE/MADE programmes have in the past been offered in above 20 Commonwealth countries. STRIDE is also offering Ph.D in Distance Education Programme; and currently 27 research scholars are perusing Doctoral Studies. From 2021-2022, the focus of STRIDE Training has been on the implementation of the National Education Policy-2020; about 30 programmes have already been conducted during 2022: and since August 2022 it is leading the implementation of the National Training Programme on NEP-2020 (NEP-PDP) for training of about 15 lakhs university and college teachers in the country.

UGC has Approved UGC-HRDC-Equivalent ‘Refresher’ and ‘Short - Term Professional Development’ Programmes of STRIDE-IGNOU since March 2022.

UGC has approved the Refresher Programmes and Short-Term Professional Development Programmes (STPs/FDPs) of STRIDE-IGNOU as equivalent to UGC-HRDC for all purposes, including API and CAS. This has been approved in the 78th meeting of the Academic Council of IGNOU dated 13th June, 2022.




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