New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is set to launch a special scheme to attract the best minds to undertake research and teaching in open and distance learning.
The university will award a Research and Training Assistantship, the first of its kind in the country, under which students will undertake advanced studies and research in the field.
The candidates will register for PhD under the scheme, IGNOU Vice Chancellor Prof Rajasekharan Pillai told PTI.
“The scheme is meant for postgraduates who will concentrate on both teaching and research. They will make use of information and communication technology and open distance learning methods, including IT, web-learning and satellite education, for spread of education,” he said.
These students, after completing their research, will serve as resource persons to enhance the capacity of teachers in various institutions.
“The Board of Management and the academic council have approved the scheme. The guidelines have also been framed,” he said.
The scheme, for which IGNOU will take 200 students a year, is different from the junior research fellowship programme where fellowships are given only for research.
The tenure of the assistantship will initially be for three years, after which the work of candidates will be assessed. If the work is found to be satisfactory, the tenure of the researcher will be enhanced for a further period of two years, Pillai said.