From next year, Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) may introduce Marathi as a medium for writing exams.

Last Updated: 2013-05-16T16:17:28+05:30

IGNOU Likely to Allow Students to Write Exams in Marathi Language

New Delhi: Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) is likely to introduce Marathi as a medium for writing examination for its students. The choice to write exams in Marathi language will be of a great help for the rural students, who are not familiar with English and Hindi.

Kalpana S Gupte, Regional Director of IGNOU has said that there are 12 courses in agriculture and most students who opt for them are from rural areas. Hence, they are thinking to introduce Marathi as the medium of writing answers for some examinations.

Gupte has added that, however, the syllabus or medium of instruction remains the same it will not change to Marathi. The medium of teaching doesn't create a problem because teachers here teach in both the languages Hindi as well as in Marathi. She mentioned that the problem arises when the students are asked to write in Hindi.

Furthermore, she informed that the proposal regarding the introduction of four subjects, including sericulture, bee keeping, bachelor of preparatory program and organic farming, has already been sent to the University Grants Commission (UGC).Additionally, the proposals have also been sent to open centres in Jalna and Sangli. She added that, in the meantime, they are planning to open centres in Nandurbar, Dhule and Osmanabad.

From the session commencing July this year, the Indira Gandhi Open University will be introducing some new courses like diploma in water shed management, water harvesting, masters in gender and development studies.

- By Raihan Hassan
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