Indira Gandhi National Open University, which has been pioneer in distance education, has now entered the digital education sphere and launched 11 free Massive Open Online Courses.
An announcement in this regard was made by Minister of State for HRD, Mahendra Nath Pandey, during the 30th convocaation ceremony of the university.
"IGNOU has now reached the free and digital education horizon, expanding the perimeter of distance education system. The MHRD has given the channels of 'Swayam' and 'Swayamprabha' to IGNOU so that it can bring a digital revolution in higher education," Pandey said in the convocation address.
Last year, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had launched a bouquet of 32 direct-to-home (DTH) educational channels, called 'Swayam Prabha', to broadcast programmes for school and university students. The contents of these channels are prepared by the IIT professors and other subject experts.
"The university is already working on Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Our expectation from the university shall be to extend its students horizon towards digital education through new technology, communication mediums, electronic mediums and devices," he added. PTI