Posted on November 15, 2010. Filed under: DISTANCE LEARNING, HIGHER EDUCATION | Tags: , , |


I was stumped when a colleague asked me this question.

When I wanted to know more, he showed me the question relating to an assignment paper for students of the IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University).

It is true that the Russian leader was instrumental in bringing words like ‘perestroika’ and ‘glasnost’ to the mainstream. It was Gorbachev who kick started the move in the dismantling of Communism in the former Soviet Union and its allies across Eastern Europe. Gorbachev also in partnership with the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan initiated the moves to strategically reduce the number of ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) held by the US and the then USSR.

However, that does not make someone change the name from Mikhail to Missile.It is all the more appalling when it comes from the ‘largest’ distance education facility-the IGNOU.

The IGNOU prides itself on being the largest facility of its kind in the world and honestly, the materials provided to the students is genuinely of a very high quality.But there is something that is lacking and needs attention.

It is not the study materials alone that matter. What matters also is the guidance provided by the Counselors.It is in this context that the IGNOU falters. The study centres give the task to people who are not always the most capable.

It is really surprising that the IGNOU spends so much on giving the remuneration to the Counselors-most often tax free that there is no emphasis on quality control.


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