New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer a Certificate Programme in Telecentre or Village Knowledge Centre Management. As per sources, the programme is being offered in collaboration with Telecentre.Org Academy. An official form IGNOU told the sources that it can provide access to critical services and information which charge a nominal fee to meet the operational costs and keep them motivated to provide these services on a long term basis.
Further sources told that the telecenters are the villagers’ source of information and a facilitation centre. This will provide information on government services, health information, basic computer education, vocational skills, information on government schemes, bus or train ticket, market information, banking services, weather forecast, expert legal advice, agriculture related information and grievance remedy, sources added.
In addition, sources told that the Open University is also planning to offer diploma, PG diploma and MBA in the course based on social enterprise. The course has been designed to benefit about five lakhs telecentre managers and more than 50 organizations in the country, sources added.