IGNOU student Wins Award in Japan

Indira Gandhi National Open University

IGNOU student wins award in Japan

Kaushalendra Pratap Singh , a Research and Training Assistant (RTA) at the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) School of Social Work (SOSW), has won the Young Innovator Award 2012 silver medal at the 26th Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Annual Conference held in Japan from Oct 16-18.

Singh won the award for his paper on 'Reaching the unreached – IGNOU’s intervention in Tihar Central Jail, New Delhi.'

About 250 papers were presented under the various eight sub-themes during the plenary and parallel sessions of the three day meet. Over 300 participants from around 24 countries across the world participated in the conference on “Expanding the Frontiers of Knowledge through Open and Distance Learning in Changing Societies”.

In his paper, Singh highlighted IGNOU’s intervention in the Tihar Central Jail, New Delhi. The University provides education to the disadvantaged and unreached learners (some of them living in special circumstances) to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education.

Tihar Central Jail is one of the largest prisons in the world, housing about 12,000 prisoners in 10 jails.

More than 530 prisoners are enrolled in various IGNOU programmes ranging from certificate to post graduation. SOSW facilitates the coordination of the IGNOU Study Centre at Tihar.

IGNOU faculty, research scholars and students visit Tihar thrice-a-week to reach out to the inmates with educational programmes as well as counselling services. The University has also facilitated placement opportunities for several outgoing inmates.

For more details, visit: www.ignou.ac.in

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