The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will set up a placement cell here soon.
“We have a central placement cell in New Delhi‚ where students have to register. We will now have a regional placement centre for benefit of local students‚” said regional director‚ Bhubaneswar centre‚ S K Tripathy‚ at the 28th foundation day celebration of IGNOU here on Tuesday.
The centre is also launching a new course‚ PG diploma in urban planning and development ( PGDUPL)‚ to meet the need for trained manpower in the construction sector. “After completing the course‚ students can be engaged in construction sectors like Bhubaneswar Development Authority‚ real estate‚ road and building works and so on‚” Tripathy said.
Bhubaneswar regional centre also opened sub-centres at Phulbani offering various vocational courses for tribal youths of five districts‚ Gajapati‚ Kandhamal‚ Boudh‚ Balangir and Sonepur.
“Customised local vocational courses like bee-keeping‚ mushroom cultivation‚ motorcycle repairing‚ beautician and weaving will be offered at the sub-regional centre in Phulbani from January 2014‚” he added.
IGNOU has 101 study centres in the state with 22‚000 students in both certificate and professional courses. “We are also offering courses like certificate in human trafficking‚ which is beneficial for police and prison officers. Besides‚ IGNOU is also training government officers in disaster management in association with National Disaster Management Authority‚” said deputy director of IGNOU‚ Bhubaneswar centre‚ S Mohanty.