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Venue:- Le Meridien Kochi, India
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The Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning(PCF6)
The Sixth Pan Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF6) will take place from 24-28 November 2010 at Le-Meridien, Cochin Resort & Convention Centre (Kochi, Kerala), India. The theme of PCF6 is: Access and Success in Learning: Global Development Perspectives.

PCF6 as an international conference will explore the contribution of open and distance learning to international development goals by opening up access to learning at every level. The Forum brings together practitioners, researchers, planners and policy makers in the fields of open and distance learning and development from over 70 countries. It provides opportunities to share experience and expertise and to contribute to future policy and provision. Participants will represent the main Commonwealth, Asia and international institutions and agencies active in the field, including funding bodies and technology providers.

The Commonwealth of Learning's biennial Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning has grown to become a leading international conference on learning and development. PCF6 brings the forum to India for the first time, jointly organized by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), coinciding with the completion of 25 years of IGNOU.

Honorary Chair:- Professor M.S. Swaminathan
Prof. M.S. Swaminathan has been described by the United Nations Environment Programme as 'the father of Economic Ecology' and by Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations, as 'a living legend who will go into the annals of history as a world scientist of rare distinction'. He was Chairman of the UN Science Advisory Committee set up in 1980 ...
Co-Chair:- Sir John Daniel, President & CEO of The Commonwealth of Learning
Sir John Daniel became President of COL in 2004 after gaining wide international experience in universities and the United Nations system. He obtained his full-time university education in Metallurgy at Oxford and Paris and later demonstrated his commitment to lifelong learning by taking 25 years to complete a part-time Master's degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University...
Co-Chair:- Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor IGNOU
Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai is the Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He is also the Chairman of the Distance Education Council (DEC), which looks after the co-ordination of standards, quality, recognition and developmental assistance to all the 13 State Open Universities, over 150 Distance Education Institutes...
Programme Chair:- Prof. P.R. Ramanujam, Pro Vice Chancellor IGNOU
Professor P.R.Ramanujam is Pro Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He was appointed as Director, STRIDE for the period August 2000-August 2005 and again for a second term in 2008. He has contributed substantially since 1986...

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