NAGPUR: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is the largest Asian University when it comes to the number of yearly enrolments. India's only Centre-run Open University, celebrated the completion of its 30 years last week. An announcement on the inception of The Incubation Club (IC) was made, which is aimed at inviting ideas for providing education to people who do not have access to it. The foundation day was commemorated across all regional centers of the country, where in experts were invited to share their views on 'Higher education and changing scenario'.
Senior academicians congregated at the Nagpur center to discuss how to improve accessibility of education to everyone, and how it impacts an individual. Former vice chancellor of Nagpur University Haribhau Kedar, said that higher education must positively transform the society, and help evolve one's thinking as well. He pointed out that in the ancient times, education was free from all contaminations and manipulations. Hence, only good attributes were inculcated from all around. But with progress of time, demarcations and divisions in the society happened. This adulterated the education system. People started expecting the government to do everything without contributing a fair deal. This attitude found momentum during the British Raj. He said that the objective of higher education is to push oneself to introspect and bring in positive change. Also, the Indian value of Vasudhaika Kutumbakam should be incorporated in every individual by means of higher education. The concept of Vasudhaika Kutumbakam means that each individual is connected to all others, and every part of nature.
Regional Director of IGNOU for Nagpur, P Sivaswaroop, said that IGNOU is persistent in its foundational principles of inclusive education. The Nagpur Regional Centre is consistently striving towards reaching out to the backward strata of the society. Awareness campaigns are organized at village levels to help the deprived sections of the society.