16 November, 2019

Srinagar
Regional Centre

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Message from Regional Director
Universities are “Frontiers of Human Knowledge”. As an enduring social institution of our civilization Universities are central to the creation of knowledge society. Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) play a pivotal role in promotion of human capitals for societal growth and development. Universities and IHL are in fact charged with the responsibilities of knowledge management in order to bring about a civilized nation.
 
Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and the flexible approach to learning are now integral to higher learning system globally. Flexible approach to learning is demanded by a gradually increasing number of learners as well as by the business and corporate communities, which want to develop skills and knowledge bases of their working staffs from time to time. Because of the developments in educational and communication technologies many countries are increasingly adopting and integrating ODL within the educational system. India is not an exception to this new knowledge creation and knowledge management role of Universities. It has already created a huge infrastructure of ODL based learning system through universities and open schooling. As per recommendation of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) every state in India is supposed to have an Open University. At present about 25-30 percent of the enrollment in higher education in India is under the ODL system of learning. There is a strong pressure on traditional Universities in India to introduce ODL system of learning in order to deal with the growing demand of the learning communities particularly with the increase of the aspirants for higher education in India. 
 
Since its establishment in year 1985, IGNOU has been playing a crucial role in providing access to higher to a large section of aspiring young and diversified learners across the nook and corner of the country. It has democratized the higher education in India by way of creating academic infrastructure of Regional Centres (RCs) and Lerner Support Centres (LSCs) in every nook and corner. IGNOU has been playing crucial role in providing access to higher education to those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged, such as those from rural/remote/hilly regions, disabled, women, jail inmates, minorities, etc. 
 
As far as IGNOU Regional Centre Srinagar is concerned it is one of the largest Regional Centres of the country in terms of enrollment of students. Since its establishment in 1999 it has been catering to the higher education needs for the largest section of the aspiring learners in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, more particularly the aspiring rural and female learners. During the last one year (Jan 2018 cycle and July 2018 cycle) a total of 33544 students were enrolled/registered under IGNOU Regional Centre Srinagar compared to 32715 in previous year (Jan 2017 cycle and July 2017 cycle). The Regional Centre is expanding its reach to every nook and corner of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by way of establishing Learner Support/Study Centres in remote and rural locations, including Kargil, Leh and Ladakh. Presently there are 43 LSCs under the Regional Centre Srinagar. During last one year several initiatives were taken for educational awareness of youths of rural and remote location of the Jammu and Kashmir. Several initiatives were taken for expanding IGNOU LSC networks in the Kashmir valley including Kargil, Leh and Ladakh. Proposals for establishments of new LSCs in 11 Govt. Degree Colleges were undertaken during the last 06 (six) months and all these proposals are in the final stage for consideration and approval. Once these new LSCs are operational there is expected to rise in enrollment by at least 50 percent.
 
One of the most important aspects of IGNOU here in Jammu & Kashmir is that all the stakeholders are recognizing the importance of IGNOU in all the regions of the State. Increasing number of students are enrolling with IGNOU RC Srinagar in every succeeding years particularly at the PG level and the number of pass out students here are also quite high compared to other parts of the country. IGNOU RC Srinagar is getting enormous support from LSC functionaries, Academic Counsellors and the institutions hosting the IGNOU LSCs. Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Government Degree Colleges/Higher Education Institutions in the State are also extending their valuable support in expanding the reach of IGNOU in every nook and corner of the State.
 
Staffs at the Regional Centre Srinagar deserve special appreciation for their valuable support and cooperation in carrying forward the mission of IGNOU despite various hardships and difficulties faced from time to time. 
 
(Dr. M. Safdare Azam)
Regional Director