Nokia, IGNOU Join Hands to Offer English Course
Six-month program mainly offered through SMS
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has got together with Nokia to offer a certificate program in English.
V N Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU said that this course, which will be offered through Nokia phone’s Ovi Life Tools, will initially be started in six districts of Maharashtra. After six months, depending on the response, they will launch it on a national level. Pillai added that IGNOU might sign similar deals with other companies to step up education growth in the country.
The certificate program will commence from January 2011. The six-month program is a break up of three levels that include English in daily life, English in education and joining the workforce. The fee of the programme is Rs. 1,900. The course will be in English offered mainly through SMS.
Nokia launched the Ovi Life Tools in June 2009. It supports Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Oriya languages apart from English.
With India still striving to become a developed country from a developing one, do you think unique initiatives like these are a step in the right direction?