The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is to establish a placement cell in Odisha, shortly. At IGNOU’s 28th foundation day celebrated on 19 November. Regional Director of Bhubaneswar centre, Mr. S K Tripathy, told that IGNOU has a central placement cell located in New Delhi, where students need to register, now, a regional placement centre will also be set up for the benefit of local students.
The centre is also to introduce a new programme i.e. PG diploma in urban planning and development ( PGDUPL), intended to fulfil the need for trained human resource in the construction sector, for the students to be employed in construction sectors like Bhubaneswar Development Authority, real estate, road and building works etc, as informed by Tripathy.
Bhubaneswar regional centre also opened its sub-centres at Phulbani where vocational courses are on offer for the youths of tribal of 5 districts - Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Balangir and Sonepur.
Vocational courses, which are customized for the locals such as bee-keeping, mushroom cultivation, motorcycle repairing, beautician and weaving will also be provided for them to be enrolled in, at the sub-regional centre in Phulbani, The course will be on offer from January 2014 onward.
Beneficial Certificate courses in human trafficking, for police and prison officers, are also in the cards. In addition, Disaster management training for officers of government is also to be commenced in association with National Disaster Management Authority, as informed by Deputy Director of IGNOU, Bhubaneswar centre, S Mohanty.
In Odisha IGNOU has opened 101 study centres boasting 22,000 students studying certificate or other professional courses by enrolling themselves in it.