At the 30th convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) hosted at New Delhi, 2.38 lakh students were conferred degrees/diplomas/certificates. The event was attended by Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for Higher Education, HRD. Addressing the students on the occasion, Pandey made some key announcements, one of which was IGNOU’s foray in the digital education sphere. The minister said that the university has launched 11 free online courses, which would be hugely beneficial for those who may not have funds for college fees.
Talking about the progress made by IGNOU, the minister said, “IGNOU has now reached the free and digital education horizon, expanding the perimeter of the free and 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.” Professor Ravindra Kumar, Vice Chancellor of IGNOU said that some of these free courses are already active since January 2017. He also informed that IGNOU has entered an agreement with Kendriya Vidyalas to conduct its term end exams at these centers.