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IGNOU Guwahati Study Centre at Gauhati University: Oldest centre of N-E advancing to the age of Computerization

Gauhati
University was established in the year 1948.The University is the oldest,
largest, and the most premier seat of higher education in the entire North
Eastern Region of India. It was indeed a dream come true for thousands of
people of Assam who had relentlessly agitated for decades for an institute of
higher education in the province when Gauhati University was established on 26
January, 1948.

Starting
with 17 affiliated colleges and eight Post Graduate Departments in 1948,
Gauhati University, today, has 38 Post Graduate Departments and a satellite
campus at Kokrajhar besides Post Graduate Correspondence School and a
constituent Law College.

Identifying
the need and hunger for education in the N-E region IGNOU, the world’s largest
university, also took the charge to educate and enlighten students through Open
and Distance Learning (ODL). With this vision, IGNOU established a study centre
(0401) at the Gauhati University campus to deliver quality education for all.

Presently,
Dr. K. Shukla (M.A., Ph.D. in Sanskrit Literature) is heading the centre as the
coordinator. Speaking on the best practices of the centre, he said that the
study centre ensures regular counseling sessions, ensuring receipt of
assignments within stipulated time, timely evaluation of the assignments and
sending the award list to the concerned authority. Students are also informed
via telephone and e-mail about the counseling sessions and other related
information.

While
mentioning the recent developments he said that IGNOU has introduced several
new courses, therefore being the oldest and largest study centre of N.E. Region
these new courses are activated at the study centre immediately after they are
launched from the HQs. Dr. Shukla feels it is a privilege to house the study centre
at the G.U. campus since university teachers like being associated with the
study centre.

North Eastern India remained at the peripheries in the
horizon of Sankritization that brought in social and cultural changes within
the broad outline of the Indian civilization. Assam is known for its rich
tradition of making Sanchipat (manuscripts) from the inner bark of the sanchi
(aloe) tree. These tree barks had great longevity and thus could be preserved
for the posterity. Speaking on this historic literary tradition of using these
manuscripts, Dr. Shukla expressed his opinion by mentioning that SANCHIPAT
should be a part of the course materials in (MLIE-101) as early writing
materials of the N.E. India. While praising the content of the study materials,
Dr. Shukla said that “it is provided from the Regional Centre in time to
facilitate the unobstructive learning to our students to which even the
learners respond well by clarifying their doubts regularly”.

IGNOU
is pioneer in ODL education system in India and speaking on its efficiency he
said though there are some institutes imparting correspondence learning but no
counseling sessions are organized by them, this makes IGNOU stand apart from
other ODL centres. “Moreover, when we compare other universities with IGNOU,
the fee structure of IGNOU is much affordable” he added. He also believes that
the reason behind IGNOU’s popularity is mainly because it declares its result
within 45 days after term end examinations.

While
speaking on ICTs and the centre’s future plan, Dr. Shukla said that the study
centre is planning to get computerized with sufficient number of computers
along-with internet connections to support the entire work of the centre. As
planned, this will transform the work culture and will bring more efficiency in
the system which would be fruitful in the long run for the centre.      

 

by Ezra John            

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