Dimapur, April 3: The 32nd convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was held Wednesday at URA Academy Hall, Mission Compound, Kohima.
Director, Higher Education, Dr Anungla Aier congratulated the graduating student for their hard work and in meeting the various challenges and completing the academic responsibilities. She expressed happiness that IGNOU since its inception has been contributing substantially to the educational requirements of the State.
Dr Aier stated that most of the higher education institutions in the state are concentrated in the main towns like Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung and very few in the far flung areas. However, she added that INGOU has been able to fill that gap toward empowering and igniting the young minds and imparting vocational education through their regional and study centres spread across the state.
She opined that in the mist of all the pertaining issues like unemployment, social injustice, political and rising crimes in the state, one must live our life and find meaning despite of all the negativity in our society today. She said that one should choose one’s career targets very carefully and how to go about in perusing the target. She challenged the graduating students to set their target and priorities right and to charter ahead with a clear vision for a better future and progress of the society.
Delivering the report on IGNOU, Regional Director of IGNOU, Dr. T. Iralu mentioned that there were 806 learners, which comprised of 506 Masters Degree, 178 Bachelor’s Degree, 108 Diplomas and 14 certificates. He said that open and distance learning (ODL) has earned recognition for itself as the most viable, economical and flexible option to reach large number of people. He added that the University has plans to conduct special drives to enroll education seekers from marginalised groups into their programme and as an initiative for the disadvantaged, free education is provided to jail inmates through 59 Jail Study Centres across the country. (Page News Service)