Conference of Vice Chancellors of Open Universities, 12th April 2012
15 April, 2012
Inter University Consortium (IUC), organised a Conference of Vice Chancellors of Open Universities at IGNOU, New Delhi on 12th April 2012. The conference was inaugurated by Smt. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary (HE), Ministry HRD, who delivered an inspiring key note address. The meeting was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, Prof. M. Aslam. The conference was well attended by the Vice Chancellors and some representatives from the State Open Universities.
The purpose of this conference was to create a synergy of efforts to meaningfully contribute to the national agenda set up by the Ministry of HRD, namely quality education while pushing up the GER in Higher Educations.
The Vice-Chancellors of National and State Open Universities discussed at length, the path ways and means towards quality in distance education. They all agreed on the urgent need for collaboration among the Open Universities. Prof. Madhu Parhar, Director-IUC, proposed various strategies for the collaboration among Open Universities like
Developing a Common Curriculum for Undergraduate Programme;
Creating Open Education Resource available through a dedicated a web-portal;
Creating curriculum-based multi-media e-content for undergraduate courses.
Prof M Aslam emphasized on the importance of these meetings and expressed that IUC can play an important role in bringing together all the open universities. We should all work together to upgrade distance education and make it as acceptable as conventional system of education.
The key theme statements (OER, Common Curriculum, Multi-media E-contents) were discussed by distinguished Vice Chancellors Prof. Prof. K.S. Rangappa, Prof. S.K. Singh, Dr. Manoj Soni , Dr. R.K. Chauhan, Dr. P. Prakash, Prof. Vinay Kumar Pathak, Dr. A. Chandrakar, Prof. Subha Shankar Sarkar, Prof. A.K Bakshi and Prof K.K. Singh. The Vice Chancellor representatives Prof. Ashit B.Aich, Prof. P.K.Sharma, Dr. Shanmugiah and Dr. O.N.Tiwari have elaborated their issues and challenges in Open Education Systems.
After thorough deliberations all agreed to pursue collaboration on the following points.
- Common Curriculum Development for few selected programmes on a pilot basis.
- Multimedia e-content development
- Capacity Building of SOUs faculties.
- Digitization of Print Materials of various programmes of SOUs.
A formal vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Nisha Singh, Deputy Director-IUC