A new course introduced called PGCIATIVI (Post-Graduate Certificate Programme in Information and Assistive Technologies for Instructors of the Visually Impaired)
The new course is introduced by IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University). The Indira Gandhi National Open University known as IGNOU, is a distance learning national university located in IGNOU road, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India. Named after former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, the university was established in 1985.
IGNOU, the largest university in the world with 4,000,000 students, was founded to impart education by means of distance and open education, provide higher education opportunities particularly to the disadvantaged segments of society, encourage, coordinate and set standards for distance and open education in India and strengthen the human resources of India through education. Apart from teaching and research, extension and training form the mainstay of its academic activities. It also acts as a national resource centre, and serves to promote and maintain standards of distance education in India. IGNOU hosts the Secretariats of the SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL) and the Global Mega Universities Network (GMUNET) initially supported by UNESCO.
The programme is designed to provide an opportunity for educating and training instructors of the visually impaired. The programme equips learners in the use of modern and updated information and assistive technologies, which provides hands on experience in acquiring skills and competencies. Certification will help in getting employment in this emerging and challenging area.
The course will be helpful to the students to sensitise to understand people with visual impairments and orient them about assistive and information technologies used to instruct people with visual impairment.
The duration of the course is six months. It has already begun on pilot- basis. It will largely cover areas such as communication skills, understanding the learner, assistive and adaptive technologies and software for the visually impaired.
Under the RTE, no student can be denied admission, which has created a need for teachers to be aware of how to deal with students who have a visual impairment.
The focus of the programme is to allow students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.
Once the students are completed with the course they are capable to be hired as instructors for the visual impaired. The students can put into practice what they have learned in the classroom.
The course is offered in two sessions- January and July.
There is no age bar to join the course.
Medium of Instruction- English
- Bachelor degree in computer science from a recognised university (BCA/BSc-computer science) or Bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised university with diploma/certificate in computer science or Bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised university.
Website: – For more information visit www.ignou.ac.in
The forms are to be submitted latest by June 20, 2014