The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 26th Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today (April 12, 2013).
Speaking on the occasion the President said the establishment of IGNOU was a huge moment in the history of Indian education. It has provided opportunities to a large number of people who were unable to access formal education or who wanted to diversify their academic portfolio or those who wanted to study for self-enrichment and up-gradation. It has taken higher education to the masses and has learners from a wide range of age groups, including teenagers and working adults.
The President said that life long learning is an imperative in today’s demanding world. The higher education sector must respond to this new opportunity. As learning has no terminal point, ‘career learners’ would be a new demand entity. Our universities should design programmes that assist such life long learners.