Published on November 28, 2007
IGNOU RC Jaipur : An Introduction: IGNOU RC Jaipur : An Introduction ‘Indira Gandhi National Open University’, Regional Centre for Rajasthan was established on 16th December 1987 in Kota vide statue of section 5 (2) xxxi of IGNOU Act, and later in 1990 this Regional Centre office was shifted to Jaipur, the State capital of Rajasthan. From 1990 to April, 2002 it functioned from rented office premises. It was on 1st May, 2002 that we were able to shift to IGNOU’s own RC Building. Since the inception of this Centre number of Study Centres and Programs have been steadily increasing. At present there are 50 Study Centres of IGNOU located in different institutions of higher learning / NGOs in various parts of the State of Rajasthan. Out of the 32 districts we have been able to establish IGNOU Study Centres in 21 Districts so far. Now 11 districts, mainly from the Western & the Eastern Rajasthan remain to be covered. Despite this substantial increase in the number of Study Centres from 4 in 1987 to 50 in 2006 and student registration from 1249 in 1991 to over 17000 now we do not have all the sanctioned staff to cope effectively with the increased work. Important Facts about Rajasthan & IGNOU in Rajasthan: Important Facts about Rajasthan & IGNOU in Rajasthan Population of Rajasthan as per 2001 Census is Census is = 5,64,73,122 Male = 29,381,657 Female = 27,091,465 Literacy Rate = 61.03 Male Literacy rate = 66 Female Literacy rate = 34 Total No. of Districts in the State of Rajasthan = 32 No. of Districts where IGNOU has its Study Centres = 21 No of Distts yet to be covered by IGNOU Study Centres = 11 ( Churu, Dausa, Bharatpur, Barmer, Dhaulpur, Karoali, Tonk, Baran, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Rajsamand.) Total No. of IGNOU Study Centres in Rajasthan = 50 Regular Study Centres = 15 Programme Study Centres = 20 Special Study Centres = 14 * Partner Institute = 01 District-wise Enrolment in 2006 Vis-a-viz Population: District-wise Enrolment in 2006 Vis-a-viz Population Total Population of Rajasthan = 56473102 Literacy Rate = 61.03 % Male : Female : : 66: 34 Urban: Rural : : 54 :46 SC : ST : : 08 :22 Empl. : Unempl. : : 40: 60 Enrolment Status : 2000- 2006 : Enrolment Status : 2000- 2006 Enrolment Status : Enrolment Status Slide10: Explanation: The Innermost Circle represents Number of Districts in Six Zones of Rajasthan. The Middle Circle represents the Number. of Study Centres in each zone. The Outermost Circle represents the Student Enrolment in each zone. Achievements ( 2001 – 2006 ): Achievements ( 2001 – 2006 ) Established 08 Programme Study Centres for B.Ed. ; 03 for Computer Programmes ; 02 for SAVINI ; 01 for M.Sc. (DFSM) ; 01 for ‘Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits & Vegetables’ in the “State Institute of Agriculture Management” , Jaipur . Established one Special Study Centre at ”Forestry Training Institute “ (FTI), Jaipur in Collaboration with the Forest & Environment department of the Government of Rajasthan for promotion of Environment programmes of IGNOU . Established 02 Regular Study Centres –One in the Govt. Bangur P.G. College, Pali & another one in the Govt. P.G. College, Sirohi. Both were opened recently in 2006 11 Direct Receiving Systems (DRS) at IGNOU Study Centres and 06 Edusat Terminals (SITs) have been successfully installed in Rajasthan region – One at the Regional Centre; 03 at IGNOU Study Centres : Udaipur(2302), Bikaner (2305), SriGanganagar (2310) ; 01 in Vardhman Mahavir Open University (VMOU), Kota ; and 01 in NCTE, Jaipur. Slide12: 50 ROTs have been installed in fifty Govt Primary/Upper Primary Schools for betterment of elementary education in Rajasthan under the “Rajiv Gandhi Edusat Supported Elementary Education Project”, Jabalpur . And , 15 more ROTs and 02 SITs have been sanctioned recently . Transmission of IGNOU ‘’Gyan Vani’’ FM Radio, Jaipur became operational from June 2006. Regional Centre Jaipur has been identified for the establishment of ‘’Gyan Vani” studio for content generation and unlinking. Government of Rajasthan has agreed to have IGNOU’s Ïnformation -Cum- Admission Centres” in all the 30 District Institutes of Educational Training (DIETs) . The Licenses / MoUs have been signed by the Principals of the DIETs under the instructions of the Govt of Rajasthan , School Education Department . Initiatives: Initiatives Govt of Rajasthan is going to recruit over thirty thousand teachers at Primary and secondary levels . We have approached the School Education department of Rajasthan Govt to make CTE (for the Teachers of English) , CTPM (for the Teachers of Mathematics) and CES / ACE and / or CLP/CHR (for others) compulsory during their probation period (i.e. for their confirmation after a year or two ). And, I am happy to share that the Govt is positively inclined to this idea Collaboration with School Education department of Rajasthan Govt for training Primary / Secondary school teachers through IGNOU’s CTE & CTPM programmes under ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’, Rajasthan Collaboration with Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration (RIPA), Jaipur for setting up IGNOU Study Centre, especially for Rajasthan Civil Servants. Proposal for opening Programme Study Centre for Agriculture Programmes – ‘ Diploma in Dairy Technology’ has been initiated with “SARAS Dairy”, a Govt. of Rajasthan Undertaking , Jaipur and ‘Maharana Pratap Agriculture University’, Udaipur. Collaboration with the ‘ State Technical University’ , Kota to offer BCA and / or BA programme of IGNOU to the Poly-technique students concurrently with their regular diploma courses . Collaboration with Rajasthan Police Academy, Jaipur for establishing IGNOU Study Centre, especially for Police Personnel for CDM , PGDDM, CHR etc. Slide14: Collaboration with Home Guards (Police) , Rajasthan for CAFÉ , DAFE , CHR & CDM. The Director General of Police (DGP) has agreed to the proposal for establishment of IGNOU Special Study Centre in Home Guards department . Launching of CLP Programme in Rajasthan: For all the nine hundred students of B.Ed. In Rajasthan For the newly recruited school teachers in Rajasthan. Establishment of Mobile Study Centre for the small hutments (dhanis) in the unreached areas, especially the western border areas and Eastern Tribal belt will prove to be a quite effective and viable proposition . Collaboration with Border Security Force (BSF) in the areas where rehabilitation and resettlement are taking place very frequently and as such the education of the eligible clientele of students of those areas get adversely affected . IGNOU Study Centre in collaboration with BSF to can provide hassle-free access for few of the basic programmes of like BDP and BPP to them . Slide15: In the last five years this RC has honoured about 25 eminent public figures from various walks of life with “IGNOU Friend” badges for the concern and interest they have shown for IGNOU and its programmes . They have been directly / indirectly instrumental in the promotion of ODL system of IGNOU and its programmes in the region . We propose to organize a meeting of these “IGNOU Friends” as a token of our appreciation for their efforts and services in popularizing and publicizing IGNOU Programmes in Rajasthan. And, needless to say the presence of our Hon’ble VC , Prof VN Rajasekharan Pillai and Director (RSD) Prof C.K.Ghosh on this occasion will be a great morale booster “MOJARI”, a well established NGO which works for marketing of ethnic Marwari Shoes (Jodhpuri Jootiyan) in India and Abroad may be associated with our Certificate Programme in ‘Shoe Upper Cutting’, ‘Upper Stitching’ and Certificate in ‘Shoe Lasting and Finishing’. We can have some viable collaboration with World Fame Jaipur-Foot through School of Health Science for developing a course to disseminate this famous technique in the country. Slide16: Jaipur is very famous for the gems , precious stones and Jewellery, we can have some kind of active collaboration through School of Continuing Education in this area . In order to promote Cultural Tourism of local Folk Dances like KALBELIA DANCE which are popular not only in Rajasthan but all over the world through “Festivals of India” we can start the process of Certification of this unique and well established Folk Dance tradition through the Jury of well known and well established Kalbelia Dance experts and practitioners . In order to have more professional and more motivated work force this RC has established a Staff Development Cell, which organizes motivational/inspirational lecturers of eminent dignitaries and motivators every month . To count a few we have had lectures on ‘Time Management’ , ‘REIKI’ , ‘The Art Of Living’ ,’ How to Age Gracefully’ and the like All the 30 DIETs of Rajasthan have been made sale outlets for IGNOU Student Handbook and Prospectus to promote BDP Programmes. Drives: Drives We are writing to the Regional Offices of all Banks for promoting MBA in Banking & Finance . Proposal to organize an Orientation Programme for the Principals of DIETs and Tehsil / Block level 10+2 Schools in order to orient them about ODL system and IGNOU Programmes so that they may motivate school leavers to continue their pursuit of Higher Education by joining relevant Programmes of IGNOU of their choice and interest for better job opportunities and personal / professional growth. This is proposed to be undertaken jointly in Collaboration with the Govt. School Education Department of Rajasthan and STRIDE , IGNOU .. We propose to have CIG, CTE, CTPM & CLP Programmes activated at all B.Ed. Programme Study Centres as they are directly related to the course contents of some of their elective subjects . These programmes will not only help the students to have better understanding of the pedagogy of these subjects but will also add additional dimension to their professional qualification. Slide18: We intend to popularize DNHE, CFN, CNCC & DECE Programmes in Girls Colleges/Schools / Home Science Colleges and ‘Anganwari’ workers under Integrated Child Development Scheme. A Meeting with the students of final year of Govt. Poly-technique Colleges is proposed to motivate them to do BTCM / BTWRE / BTME Programme from IGNOU. In order to enhance enrollment for M.Sc.(DFSM) Programme we are writing to all the Colleges / University Departments where B.Sc and M.Sc. (Home Science) Programme are being offered. ‘Information Brochures’ giving details of all IGNOU Programmes, Eligibility Criteria, Fee Structure , Time duration etc. were specially prepared for promotional purposes were sent to all Districts Heads – Disctrict Collectors, Superintendents of Police, District Education Officers; Principals of 10+2 Schools & Elementary / Play Schools, CMOs of Hospitals, DFOs, Reputed Nursing Govt/Non-Govt. Hospitals/ Nursing Homes , and to all the Secretaries in the Govt Secretariat . Failures: Failures Inter- Regional -Transfer (IRT) and Study Centre /Address Changes are not being done in time due to heavy rush of courses . Address changes / Assignment Grades are not being updated at SRE level in time which causes undue delay in the declaration of result of the concerned students . Study Material is not being received in time by the learners , which disrupts the counselling schedules at the Study Centres , and thus affects the Learner Support Services . PSC for M.Sc. (DFSM) has not received study material of II year courses .PSCs for B.Ed have not received full study material of B.Ed. Study Centres have not received the revised study material , especially of BCA, MCA & OMT-101 courses. The DRS systems installed by IGNOU in the Govt. Women and Child Welfare Centres in Rajasthan are in utter neglect . Some drastic measures need to be taken to make them functional and viable . Learner Support Services at the RC are not as satisfactory as we would ideally like them to be. Measures taken for improving Learner Support Services : Measures taken for improving Learner Support Services To improve Learner Support Services at the RC one computer has been placed at the Reception for attending to the Student Queries, and all out- going calls have been barred on the reception telephone . All relevant Information/ Circulars are prominently displayed on the RC Notice Board. All Study Centres have been asked to organize at least Three “IGNOU Awareness / Pre-Admission Counselling Camps” during the month before the last date of admission in each admission cycle. RC too organizes these camps . They are also encouraged to put up IGNOU stalls in the local fetes and fairs . Students of Management, Computer, Health Science, Masters Degree programmes have been asked to interact with the RC through E-Mail. Students of other programmes are also being motivated to create their own E-Mail IDs for faster communication / for prompt redressal of their grievances . On an average we are getting 10 to 15 student queries through e-mails . Information Brochures both in Hindi and English have been prepared and sufficient copies have been sent to all SCs / PSCs/ SSCs for providing the necessary information and guidance to the learners. About 80% of our Study Centres are now electronically (through E-Mail) connected with the RC . In fact it the Study Centres located in rural areas and remote areas which need special attention for better learner support services . Suggestions for Improving Learner Support Services: Suggestions for Improving Learner Support Services Being a Hindi state, we need one person exclusively for doing computer work in Hindi. Whatever corrections are sent by RC to SR&E Division should be taken up on priority and the master data should be updated immediately to avoid harassment to students and embarrassment for R.C. The two prime operational divisions at the hqrs. --SR&E and MPDD need to be very sensitive to the problems of the RCs for prompt redressal of student grievances. Computer training of RC Staff and staff development training every year by STRIDE for updation of professional understanding of the ODL system. Two Air Conditioners to be provided for EDUSAT and Teleconference Hall at the Regional Centre Jaipur. Proposal has been sent . For quick and prompt connectivity of the RC with RSD & other divisions at the Hqrs and of the RC with the with the SCs & ARDs during their field visits, RD should be provided with a Mobile in lieu of residential landline connection (with call limit or amount limit on it for its rightful use). I would even recommend for providing Mobile sets to the ARDs too as they are the ones who have to carry out the inspection / monitoring work in the field . I am sure at the mass level this scheme will be quite cost effective and Learner- Support -Service – Friendly . Important Admission/RR/TEE/schedules etc can be SMS’d . Solutions to the learner queries can be promptly provided. Slide22: Some viable mechanism needs to be developed for Online Submission of Admission Forms also. E-mail IDs of all the students (to begin with few of the professional programs like MBA , BCA/MCA , Health Science programs) can be created at the headquarter level and relevant academic support services like TC Schedules, status of Dispatch of Study Material, Declaration of Results etc. can be relayed simultaneously to the students of particular programs by School Directors. . Each region should have a ‘State Level Advisory Committee’ for identifying the local needs and suggesting new programs / Courses suitable to the needs of the region in the socio-economic- cultural context . This committee may comprise Govt Secretaries from the Depts. of Education , Health , Social Welfare , Agriculture and eminent educationists and NGOs to make IGNOU more relevant to the regional requirements . Tehsil /Block level Post Offices may also be involved in the sale of IGNOU “Student Handbook and Prospectus” to extend its reach to the remote and rural areas . With Promise to be still better next time Thank you very much….: With Promise to be still better next time Thank you very much….