Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will soon start certificate and diploma courses in Right to Information (RTI) Act. With the support from Central Information Commission (CIC), the course material is getting chalked out, which will contain training for all central government employees.
According to IGNOU Vice Chancellor Nageshwar Rao, “We realized that people know that they can seek certain information through RTI but they are not aware of the technicalities such as how to go about the process, how to frame the questions, how and where to make further appeals and much more. Therefore keeping in mind the societal relevance we decided to rollout the course and approached CIC commissioner for their support to the proposal.”
Along with CIC, the Faculty of Public Administration is taking part in forming the content and course material at the school of Social Sciences in IGNOU. The discussions and suggestions are on between the two bodies deciding upon the curriculum of the course. Though, the details regarding the Post Graduate Diploma in Right to Information (PGDRTI) has already been formed by the university. It is supposed to be a 36 credit programme comprising 04 elective courses and filed based projects. From the July 2016 cycle of the university it is expected that the certificate course would get rolled out. Though the diploma course could only be started from the January 2017 academic cycle. There are two academic cycles through which the distance university enrolls students every year.
Rao concluded saying, “While it will be mandatory for all the Central Government employees to pursue the course, it will be open to all including the prisoners.”
The relevant of RTI cannot be negated in the present day scenario of the society and thus IGNOU has decided to come up with these certificate and Diploma courses in RTI.