Imphal, April 3,
Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, today, addressed the 32nd Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Regional Centre, Imphal at Asha Hall, Asha-Jina Complex, North A.O.C., Imphal. The main Convocation of the University is also held today at Delhi campus with Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Convocation. An exhibition was also inaugurated by the Governor as part of the Convocation organized by the Regional Centre, Imphal.
In her address as the Chief Guest, Dr. Najma Heptulla said that the occasion is a golden opportunity to share thoughts and views on higher education in a unique forum where almost all stakeholders are present – Students, Teachers, Academicians, Researchers, some policy makers both past and present and outstanding members of civil society.
She congratulated the Professors and staff of the University who are behind the success of the students in some way or the other.
The University, established by an Act of Parliament in the year 1985, with the main objective to promote open and distance education system in the country, has been constantly trying to bring about democratization in higher education and provide quality education irrespective of age, religion, gender and region. Governor added that in recognition of its benevolent services in the field of education, the University was conferred the centre of excellence award in distance education by Commonwealth in 1993 and also been recognized by UNESCO as the world’s largest higher learning institution. Apart from catering to the educational aspirations of millions of students worldwide through its 21 Schools of Studies, 67 Regional Centres and 4 Sub-regional Centres across the country, the University has a significant international presence with a networking of 12 overseas study Centres. One can have a fair idea about its popularity from the fact that in 2017-18, enrolment status of the University was above ten lakhs seventy two thousand, she added.