Nagpur News: Dr. Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has asserted that attitude is very important in reaching heights in life. The attitude for learning shown by students is laudable. The traditional courses like BA, MA in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are less attracted in Conventional Universities, but IGNOU like Open Universities are sustaining these subjects. Dr Deshpande was speaking at the valedictory function of the Extended Contact Programmes (ECPs) of P G Diploma in School Leadership and Management (PGDSLM) and P G Diploma in Higher Education(PGDHE) of IGNOU.
Dr. Vinayak Deshpande further emphasized that Open University gives freedom to learners, but not free hand, and students should follow the rules and regulations of the University. IGNOU is providing a homogeneity and standardization in Curriculum and its transactions, across the country, he said. Dr Deshpande expressed his anguish at the commercialization of education and cautioned to understand the difference between privatization and commercialization. He congratulated IGNOU for offering such very innovative and useful programmes. Dr. Deshpande distributed participation certificates to all the participants.
Dr. P Sivaswaroop, IGNOU Regional Director, in his welcome address said that IGNOU offers courses with multiple media inputs and these ECP programmes also used multiple media. Some sessions are held in face to face mode and some are held through teleconference with national experts addressing the students and students from Nagpur actively interacted with experts at New Delhi through telephone. The aim of this PGDSLM Programme is to develop essential skills, competencies and values needed for effective school leadership management, to enable Head Teachers/Principals to create an effective and enabling environment to improve the overall performance of the school, and to develop a trained and competent cadre of Head Teachers/ Principals. The Higher Education Programme is meant for college faculty, who will be introduced to various issues related to college teaching like curriculum design, evaluation, student counseling needs, managerial roles of teacher etc, stated Dr. P Sivaswaroop.
The student participants expressed their gratitude for the excellent academic inputs received during the ECP. One of the student said that she want to be Principal in future and this Programme is very helpful in fulfilling her wish. Dr Jyotimani Rocque, PGDSLM student said that every teacher should be a continuous learner and they should join this Programme.
Resource persons were invited from various fields to discuss the various topics of ECP. They included Dr Sapna Sharma, Renowned Counsellor, Dr Mrunalini Fadnavis, Principal, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur, Dr Rajashree Vaishnav, Prof K M Wath, Dr Rekha Sharma, Dr Y J Rayalu, Dr Rashmi Batra, Prof S B S Singh, Sqn.Ldr (Retd.) Pravin Bhatia, Dr A V Kulkarni etc.
Dr. Rammurti Meena, ARD presented report on both the ECPs and proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. Vikas Singhal, ARD conducted the programme. The valedictory programme was attended by invitees like Dr Rajashree Vaishnav, Dr V K Dubule and C H Rajgure of IGNOU Regional Centre.