The Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Professor Nageshwar Rao has approved the reorganization of four “Swayam Prabha” channels for the purpose of counselling for both Online and ODL programmes of the University. IGNOU VC on Thursday, gives approval to Channel no 17-20 for providing boost to the online classes & other infrastructure in view of pandemic. The newly approved IGNOU channels (CH-17 to 20) will be re-allocated, in place of earlier five channels (CH 23-26 and Ch 32) reference COE’s earlier Notification dated June 05, 2020. The nomination of Channel Coordinator/s for each channel has also been approved. For each channel there will be Coordinator/s to cover all the Schools of Studies and Disciplines therein and will be operational from September 01, 2020, official notice reads.
Among the four Swayam Prabha channels- Social Sciences and Humanities (CH 17), Basic and Applied Sciences (Ch 18), Professional and Vocational Education (Ch 19) and State Open Universities (SOUs) and Teacher Education (Ch 20) are approved. The channels are to be utilized for the purpose of counselling for both Online and ODL programmes of IGNOU and arrangements are being made to make them live. The reorganization of these 4 channels will help students of all disciplines / schools will be able to avail Online Education, the notice reads.
IGNOU has also approved nomination of Channel Coordinators. For each channel Coordinator/s will be appointed in helping Online Education cover all the Schools of Studies and Disciplines from September 01, 2020. Prof. J.K. Srivastava to Coordinate Ch 17, Dr. Sanjay Gupta- Ch 18, Prof. V.V. Subrahmanyam- Ch 19 and Dr. G. Mythili to coordinate Ch 20. The detailed notice on exam can be obtained from ignou.ac.in, the list of Swayam Prabha channels for IGNOU can be viewed from swayamprabha.gov.in.
The University has ramped-up its services to facilitate Online Education and four Swayam Prabha channels are approved in this direction, VC says. Due to the pandemic, several other facilities offered by the IGNOU have been digitalised including of Swayam Prabha channels, e-Gyankosh, Gyanvani (An education FM radio), Gyandhara (Internet audio), and IGNOU’s library contents.
On Thursday varsity also launched a new course – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry through Open and Distance Mode. Earlier IGNOU had announced 10 new online courses for the July 2020 academic session. Admission applications are open for Online courses, till 31 August 2020.