IGNOU – Study Centre – 0901
In the main aim of “Distance Education” of Open system of learning which has flexibility & potential required to meet the educational needs of all sections of society. For this purpose IGNOU was established by Govt. of India under Ministry of HRD in 1985 by an Act of Parliament.
Our Study Centre (0901) was established in May 1993 at L. D. Arts College, Ahmedabad. This study centre is one of the largest in Gujarat. More than 7000 students enroll in this centre. We feel proud that Dr. C. K. Ghose, Director – RSD & Mrs. Asha Karware, Deputy Registar, IGNOU have visited our administrative office, library, computer laboratory, audio video room & other places related to IGNOU activities and were satisfied with our educational activities. Different programs taught at our study centre are :
Certificate Courses : CYP, CDM, CES ,CHR, CFM, CIG, CIC, CLD, CNCC, CCP, CRD, CIS CDWL, CPLT, etc.
Diploma courses : PGDRD, PGJMC, PGDDE, DTS, DIM, DNHE, DECE, PGDT, PG DIPLOMA IN B.P.O. etc.
Bachelor courses : BA, BLIS, Bsc (N), BCA, BSW, etc.
Master Degree Courses: MBA, MCA, MLIS, MTM, MEG, MPS, MAPC, M.SC CFT etc.
Academic Counsellors :
More than three hundred academic counselors from esteemed institutes like IIM, PRL, B.K. School of Management Gujarat University, ISRO, Doordarshan Kendra, MICA, Gujarat Vidhyapith etc. are associated with our centre.
Student Support Service:
Office Working Days : Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday (12:00 to 6:00 PM) counselling sessions are arranged on Saturday evening and Sunday between 9:00 to 6:00 PM. Students come to attend counselling from various places of Gujarat such as Kutch-Bhuj, Patan, Bhavnagar etc. Various facilities to the students are provided such as the library room, counselling, assignment depositing and information related to courses of IGNOU. This study centre is one of the largest examination centres in Gujarat.
Our main objective is to give all IGNOU facilities of this centre to the students to achieve their goals. This year BA (PSY), MA (PSY) and M.SC CFT have started in our centre only in Gujarat. We are very much thankful to all those who give their valuable time for this study centre.
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The Regional Centres are defined under Section 2(j) in the IGNOU Act as under:
"Regional Centre" means a centre established or maintained by the University for the purpose of coordinating and supervising the work of Study Centres in any region and for performing such other functions as may be conferred on such centres by the Board of Management.
Broadly, a regional office is the sub-office of the university in a defined region/state with responsibility to coordinate and supervise the university's operations, particularly the Study Centres in the allotted region. However, its functions will grow with the expansion of the activities and programmes of the University.
- Supervision and coordination of the work at the of Study Centres, negotiations with state Governments, local universities, institutions of higher learning with a view to develop local facilities for the university programmes;
- To ensure a spirit of goodwill among students as well as staff,
- Organisation of Contact Progammes and Contact sessions as per the university's policies.
- To promote public awareness in the region of the university and its role, and goodwill towards the university among the officers and staff of institutions of higher, adult and continuing education; to encourage students to apply for admission to the university; to encourage and promote positive and helpful attitudes towards the university's students on the part of employers and local authorities;
- To exercise necessary control on full-time and part-time staff and students in accordance with the provisions of the university's rules.
A Regional Director is in-charge of the university's activities within the region and responsible to the Director (Regional Services Division). His principal responsibility within the region are to direct, in accordance with established policies and procedures, the university's operations and to coordinate the working of Study Centres.
There supporting staff is provided at the Regional centres to look after administrative and academic affairs.
The supporting staff will be responsible to the Regional Director and through him to the Director (Regional Services Division). They assist the Regional director and undertake such activities as may be assigned to them by the Regional Director.
The common responsibility and functions of these assistants would include, among other things, directing day-to-day activities within the region within the guidelines prescribed by the Regional Director; maintaining contact and beneficial relations with local educational authorities and other responsible bodies and members of institutions of higher education, responsibility for upkeep of the premises including building maintenance, insurance, safety, security etc., and coordination in the use of office equipment and furniture; assistance in matters of administrative and contractural aspects of tutorial and counselling services; and ensuring that university's financial and administrative procedures are adhered to.
Facilities at Regional Centres
The Regional Centre have a library containing books on distance education, course material developed by the University, reference books, audio and video tapes. It is intended to act as a resource centre of the University in a particular region. Regional Centres will be centres for training of coordinators/ counsellors/ tutors and would provide a venue for expressing student-response or tutor-response with reference to a particular subject. Responsibility for random checking of student assignments, if needed, would also lie with the Regional Centres.
Responsibilities of the Regional Directors
The duties and responsibilities of the Regional Directors in relation to the regions assigned to them, will be as under:
- To promote public awareness in the region regarding IGNOU and its role. For this they may use various media like Radio, TV, Press and organisation of seminars and meetings.
- They will negotiate with the State Government, local universities, and other educational institutions with a view to develop local facilities for the University's programmes. They will also collect and keep data of the Academic personnel of the Region.
- The will survey and collect views regarding the academic and professional requirements of the region and feed the information to the headquarters.
- They will encourage the students to apply for admission to the University.
- They will encourage the concept of adult and continuing education in the region.
- On the basis of the geography of the region, population, concentration of students and academic requirements, he shall advise the University for the establishment of New Study Centres.
- They will find out the possibility of establishing a Study Centre in the best institution available and the space which the institution is willing to provide. They will also provide the bio-data for the prospective coordinator with his recommendations to the University for consideration and necessary action.
- They will collect the information from the Coordinators of the region regarding appointment of counsellors, prepare a list after selection and recommend the same to the headquarters for appointment (with bio-data).
- On the recommendations of Coordinators of Study Centres, Regional Director will furnish their recommendations for the approval of Director (RS) regarding following part-time staff to the Study Centres:
- Ministerial class-III staff
- Class-IV staff
- They will also issue appointment letters, after getting the approval from the headquarters to the part-time Counsellors.
They will also approve the counsellors in case of emergency at any centre and shall inform the headquarters.
- They will collect, tabulate and scrutinise every month the progress of study centres with regard to:
- Their functioning according to time schedule and attendance of Coordinator, Asstt. Coordinator and other part-time staff.
- Conduct of counselling sessions, regularity of counsellors and attendance of students.
- Discipline among the staff of study centres and students according to University's code of discipline.
They will also provide a tabulated report to the headquarters every month on the above functions.
- They will help the University in the admissions of students and their allotment to various Study Centres as required by the University from time to time.
- They will monitor the timely assessment of assignments at the Study Centres and do sample checking of assignments to keep the uniformity in evaluation and to provide useful feedback to the students.
- They will have a general supervision and control over the conduct of examinations at various Study Centres and other examination centres.
- They will suggest the need of conduct of long term contact programmes and recommend the places and timings. After approval from the headquarters, they will organise such programmes with the help of focal & IGNOU's faculty.
- Where any compulsory summer schools are provided in any course, Regional Director shall explore the best place and time and get the same organised.
- Orientation programmes for the counsellors of the Region will be organised the Regional Director in consultation and after approval from the headquarters.
- They will get annual stock verifications at the Study Centres with the help of Coordinator.
- They will maintain proper progress record of the students and change their study centres on the request of the students.
- The Regional Director himself or one of his Assistant Directors will inspect each Study Centre at least twice a year to see the physical facilities available there, proper functioning of study centre, sample checking of stocks and finances and to find out the difficulties of study centres. They may also hold periodic meetings of Coordinators. After each such inspection/meeting, a brief report will be prepared and sent to headquarters and the Study Centre.
In an Open University system there is no much direct interaction between the teacher and the taught. However, the Study centres to a large extent overcome the barrier of face-to-face interaction. They are the life nerves of an Open University system. With this in view, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has established several Regional and Study Centres.
At present IGNOU Study Centres are mainly located in educational institutions, colleges and conventional Universities. The Study Centres are the contact points to the students of the University. The host institutions where the Study Centres are established provide sufficient accommodation free of cost, for the office of the Coordinator, for the Library, audio-visual equipment and class rooms for tutorials. IGNOU provides sufficient furniture, library books, office and audio-visual equipment like TVs VCRs, tape recorders, audio-visual cassettes etc. The Study Centre is headed by a Coordinator assisted by Asst. Coordinator and sufficient ministerial staff. Counselling is done mostly by senior teachers from academic institutions usually on Saturdays and Sundays to facilitate the students of the Open University who are mostly working persons. From experience it has been found that the Open University students are highly motivated as they know the value of education which will not only provide them knowl edge in their own areas but also open the doors for promotions.
Unlike the traditional University students, the Open University students are a cross-section of the adult population of the country. Due to various reasons several adults missed the opportunity of higher education when they were young, and were forced to seek some employment. It is these adults who want to improve their knowledge while in service, because a university degree will bring them both financial gain and personal satisfaction. Several surveys made on the strength of students of different Open University systems have shown that there are several segments of society who are keen to up-date their knowledge and seek higher education. Some such segments are housewives, working women, factory workers, office goers, technicians, disabled, drop-outs etc. There are some even prisoners who have shown keen interest in higher studies. The Andhra Pradesh Open University has established a Study Centre at Central Jail in Hyderabad exclusively for prisoners. It has been observed that a typical student of an open university belongs to the age group of 20 to 30 and is employed. However, many retired persons too are actively seeking admission in the open university systems all over the country.
Experienced teachers from established educational institutions, able administrators from public and private enterprises and competent professionals are selected by a committee consisting of the Director, Regional Services Division and the Director of the concerned School of Studies and headed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, as academic counsellors, depending on the nature of instruction from the panel recommended by the Coordinator and the Regional Director. The academic counsellor is responsible for the overall academic progress of the students and can be compared to a regular teacher in a conventional University. The Counsellor's task is more difficult than the conventional teacher as the majority of the students are mature and motivated adults and are in a better position to interact with the counsellors. The counsellor is responsible for the academic counselling, guidance, assignment grading and collecting the feedback from all the students allotted to him. He should make effective use of the Universit y's multi-media system by involving the students. He has to assist the Coordinator in intensive coaching programmes, examinations, evaluation of examination scripts, assignments etc. The success of any programme depends not only on good printed material, audio-visual cassettes supply, but also on face-to-face contact sessions at the Study Centres.