The 33rd Convocation of IGNOU was held today on 17th February, 2020 (Monday) at IGNOU, Hqrs., New Delhi and its 39 Regional Centres simultaneously. Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, was the Chief Guest for the convocation function and delivered the convocation address at IGNOU Headquarters, New Delhi and the Convocation of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Chandigarh and Regional Centre, Khanna was held at the auditorium of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector – 36B, Chandigarh. Shri Chanranjit Singh Channi, Hon’ble Minister, Technical Education & Industrial Training, Govt. of Punjab, presided over the function and delivered the convocation address at RC Chandigarh and awarded Degrees/Diplomas to 351 students of Master Degrees and Professional Bachelor Degrees. In the convocation 5627 successful learners were awarded Degrees & Diplomas. In the previous convocation 1767 students were awarded degree. The significant increase in the awardees reflects the quality of support services provided to our learners by the Learners Support Centres.
Ms. Arti Verma student of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed, Ms. Divya Garg student of Post Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice (PGDCJ), Ms. Shivani Sharma Student of Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology (PGDET) from Chandigarh Regional Centre and Mr. Amardeep Singh student of Diploma in Tourism Study (DTS) from Khanna Regional Centre were awarded gold medal in the function held at IGNOU, Hqrs., New Delhi.
Dr. Anil K. Dimri, Regional Director presented the annual report of the Regional Centre. In his report he mentioned that with a network of 30 Study Centres, Chandigarh Region of IGNOU, admits more than 18000 students per year and during the academic session 2019-20 the total student strength was 17790 registering an increase of 30.62 per cent over the last year. He also shared that 62 students from this region have received their Degree with distinction and 1600 learners with 1st Division. Dr. Dimri, highlighted the activities of the Centre and advised the students to take advantages of Open & Distance Learning based education, as this is cost effective and accessible to the common people. He also emphasized that IGNOU, Regional Centre Chandigarh is making sincere efforts to procure land for Regional Centre building for construction of its campus.
With a view to promote Open and Distance Learning education Regional Centre, Chandigarh was established in the year 2009 covering Panchkula, Mohali, Ambala, Patiala, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and UT Chandigarh district. At inception of Regional Centre, Chandigarh there were only 05 Learner Support Centres which are presently 30 almost covering all the districts under this region and has witnessed 10 times growth in enrolment during last 11 years.
Dr. Santosh Kumari, Regional Director, IGNOU, Regional Centre, Khanna has also presented report and achievements of Regional Centre, Khanna on this occasion. She highlighted the importance of distance education and various activities of Regional Centre Khanna. She emphasized that Regional Centre, Khanna is play important role in imparting traing to the School level volunteer as more than 16000. Such volunteer are enrolled with DECE Programme of IGNOU from the State of Punjab.
Out of 5627 awardees, 1523 were from Master, 2166 from different Bachelor, 64 from Diploma and 789 from PG Diploma.
Chief Guest Shri Chanranjit Singh Channi, Hon’ble Minister, Technical Education & Industrial Training, Govt. of Punjab, awarded the Degrees and Diplomas to 351 successful learners of IGNOU. In his convocation address, he emphasized the role of Open & Distance Learning system in the present context and shared that our youths should come forward to take the advantage of the system. Mr. Singh highlighted that the greatest hallmarks of IGNOU which is lacking in Conventional University system is the considerable degree of flexibility in entry qualification, place, pace, lateral entry and exit points and duration of study. He also pointed out that conventional education system miserably fall short in meeting this ever increasing demand of higher education because of the inherent limitations of restricted intake. What is the way forward? Open Distance Learning (ODL) is the answer. The potential of this mode of education was realized long ago and a separate Department of Distance Education as part of the conventional university system became a reality. The country realized the need and potential of the distance learning as a viable, sustainable and cost-effective recipe to cope with the mounting pressure of higher education. He also advised the learners not to violate the basic matrix of morality, values of honour, dignity, friendship, social well-being and compassion towards fellow men. No idea or prescription can be above the conscience of humankind, prime mission of the learner is to serve your family, your fellow men, the society and the country as a whole. One could be a good professional only if one is good human being.
The Principal, Dr. Agneesh Dhillon, Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector – 36B, Chandigarh has also spoke on the occasion, who received the award of best IGNOU, Programme Study Centre in Chandigarh region.
The Principal’s of different Degree Colleges of Chandigarh, Coordinators of IGNOU, Study Centre Staff, Academic Counsellors, and other Guests were present on this occasion. The programme was also attended by Dr. Savita Panwar, Asstt. Regional Director & Dr. Nurul Hasan, Asstt. Regional Director and other staff of the Regional Centre. The programme was conducted by Dr. Savita Panwar, Asstt. Regional Director and vote of thanks was offered by Dr. Nurul Hasan, Asstt. Regional Director.