IGNOU has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on Tuesday to help integrate skill training with higher education.
With this MoU, the trainees affiliated to National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras and Jan Shikshan Sansthan’s will get a chance to join IGNOU’s 3-year degree programme for higher education.
What is the aim of this tie-up?
The aim of this MoU between Indira Gandhi National Open University and the skill development ministry is to make higher education, better livelihood opportunities available to these students which will lead to upward mobility for them.
Also, the MoU wants to create more employable youth by creating job opportunities for them through better avenues.
With this partnership, 32 NSTIs, more than 3,000 Government ITIs, 500 PMKKs and nearly 300 JSS will be associated with IGNOU as Registration Centres, Examination Centres and Work Centres for hands-on training.
Other ways IGNOU will help the Trainees
In order to facilitate enrolments, IGNOU will also be developing standards for counselling, trainer workshops and quality assurance. Moreover, trainees will also receive self-learning materials in digital forms from IGNOU and also appear for term-end exams.
To monitor and review the progress of the programme, a project steering committee will be appointed with representatives from IGNOU and MSDE.
More About the MoU
The agreement between IGNOU and MSDE has been signed for 10 years and can be renewed if mutually agreed upon.
The pact aligns with the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.4 and National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 that aim to increase the gross enrolment ratio in higher education including vocational education to 50% by 2035.
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