2 Kashmiri students receive IGNOU gold medals for topping at all-India level
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2 Kashmiri students receive IGNOU gold medals for topping at all-India level

More than 10,500 students from across Kashmir were awarded degrees and diplomas in 95 different programs of study at the 30th convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) held at Government College of Education here on Thursday.

More than 10,500 students from across Kashmir were awarded degrees and diplomas in 95 different programs of study at the 30th convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) held at Government College of Education here on Thursday. The degrees and diplomas were handed over to the students by Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi

Two Kashmiri students Ishfaq Ahmad Banday from Budgam and Reyaz Ahmad Mir from Pahalgam have bagged gold medals for topping IGNOU in MA Political Science and Diploma in Tourism Studies programmes at university level for which they were felicitated during the convocation.

Addressing the gathering, Andrabi said that distance learning offers a great scope and is gradually gaining an edge over formal education. "I am optimistic that distance learning is becoming more popular. Distance education has lately gained an edge over formal education in terms of quality and utility. I am sure that degrees in varied subjects can be offered to students through distance learning in days to come," Prof Andrabi said.

Mirza Nehal Ahmad Baig, Regional Director of IGNOU said around 10,518 students received their degree and diploma certificates across 95 programmes of study. "Overall, a total of 2,10,811 students across the country are being awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates in the 30th Convocation including MPhil and PhD," Baig said.

Apart from the Srinagar convocation, the main IGNOU convocation was also held at New Delhi during which Union Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education) was the chief guest.

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