IGNOU organizes conference to know Columbia

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IGNOU organizes conference to know Columbia

Postby administrator » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:24 am

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) recently organized a one day conference on ‘Modern Colombia and Bilateral Relations with India’ which brought together distinguished speakers, thinkers and academicians to discuss issues to strengthen India’s research focus on Latin America.

The conference, organized by the School of Social Sciences (SOSS), IGNOU, was held in the Conference Hall of the Vice Chancellor’s Office.

Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, VC, IGNOU, in his presidential speech brought forward some recent initiatives of the University. “We have entered into different fields while our present focus is on skill development. With 2.56 million students on roll and 490 programmes in hand, the reach of the university is defined by its technological expansion. We have 5000 hours of telecast time; we are the first to offer educational material on the internet, free of cost; there are virtual classrooms for students of management, economics etc., under the Pan Africa project which means, students sitting there can hear us from India and clear their doubts. We have total flexible mode of learning with online programmes after having experimented with 27 such programmes.”

Mr. H. E. Juan Alfredo Pinto Saavedra, Ambassador of Columbia to India, talked about the reason for conducting a series of such conferences in India. “The ignorance about India in Columbia is very high for which we organized 11 conferences there and now we are here to spread the word about Columbia.”

He apprised the audience about Columbia and said that, “It is the second largest Spanish speaking country. With the average population of the country standing at 47 million, 70% of it is connected to the internet.”

“We want our generation to open up to other areas of the world too other than the developed countries alone and look forward for building strong academic ties with Columbia,” said Prof. Kapil Kumar, Director, SOSS, IGNOU.

Prof. D. Gopal, faculty of Political Science, SOSS, IGNOU, saw an enormous potential of tourism and bollywood culture and said that, “The entire globe is getting integrated then why not us?”

Other dignitaries present in the conference were Prof. German Rey, Director of the Centre for Cultural Production, Xaverian University of Bogota, who spoke on the cultural and human development of Columbia; Ms. Soraya Caro, Ph.D. scholar, IGNOU, on Indian tack towards Latin-America, former ambassador Mr. R. Rajagopalan, Prof. R. Narayanan, former Dean, SIS, JNU and Prof. Abdul Nafey, SIS, JNU.
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