The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched the ‘Peace Studies and Conflict Management’ course for all India jail inmates in order to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It will be a certificate level course which will initially be introduced for jail inmates and later on for all.
As per a statement issued by the IGNOU University, Vice Chancellor Nageshwar Rao announced the course on 5th October (Friday). The course will be free of cost for the inmates. He said that the inmates ‘are not liabilities to the society’ and the ‘programme could help them become assets.’
The launch function was held at the Gandhi Smriti. Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and President of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, was the Chief Guest at the event.
Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ms. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, was also present at the launch of the programme. She has urged that the programme should be supplemented with some vocational training like ‘charkha’ spinning. This will give the inmates a sense of becoming self-sufficient and inculcate Gandhian philosophy of peace and non-violence in their lives.
Dr. Sahasrabuddhe has advised the University to phrase the word ‘conflict’ suitably. He suggested that the programme must aim towards cohesion creation and confluence.
Designed in association with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, the course aims at helping the inmates ‘become better citizens once they go out and join the mainstream.’
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The programme has been initially introduced for jail inmates. Later, it will be available for all.
There is no information on the duration of the course. However, the duration of a certificate course from IGNOU varies from 3 months to 12 months.
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), an Open and Distance Education University, offers certificate, diploma, and degree courses in different disciplines. The University functions through 2667 study centres, 67 regional centres, and 29 overseas centres across 15 countries. The university focuses on providing high-quality and need-based higher education programmes to all segments of the society at an affordable fee.
The University was established in the year 1985 under an Act of Parliament and began functioning in 1987 by offering two academic courses – Diploma in Distance Education and Diploma in Management. Since then, IGNOU has made its place as the most trusted one among Distance Education.