Anu Parthiban|Nov 28, 2023
IGNOU signs with Indian Army, Navy, Air Force to offer skill-based UG programmes to Agniveers
Programmes consist of 120 credits out of which courses worth 60 credits are by IGNOU and the remaining 60 credits are offered as in-service skill education by Armed Forces.
NEW DELHI: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has signed an agreement with the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force to offer skill-based bachelor degree programmes to the Agniveers.
The programmes, as per the open university, are a unique mix of discipline-based programmes and skill courses. The programmes consist of 120 credits out of which courses worth 60 credits are offered by IGNOU, while the remaining 60 credits are offered as in-service skill education by the Armed Forces.
The following programmes are offered under the scheme
- BAAS: Bachelor of Arts (Applied Skills)
- BAASTM: Bachelor of Arts (Applied Skills) Tourism Management
- BAASMSME: Bachelor of Arts (Applied Skills) MSME
- BCOMAS (Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Skills)
- BSCAS: Bachelor of Science (Applied Skills)
The skill courses offered by the armed forces are approved by the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET), the regulatory body for skill education. The programmes are also in consonance with the recommendation of the NEP 2020 for integration of higher education with skill education.
This initiative will help the agniveers in getting a bachelor degree while in service and will improve their employability post-service.
The programmes were opened for admission of agniveers of the Indian Air Force in a ceremony held in the IGNOU Campus today, August 1, 2023. Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU and Air Marshal S K Jha, PVSM AVSM , Indian Air Force also launched an exclusive Admission Portal designed for the Agniveers.
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