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IGNOU to strengthen bilateral academic ties with Columbia

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) recently organised a one-day conference on ‘Modern Colombia and Bilateral Relations with India’, which brought together thinkers and academicians.

The conference, organised by the School of Social Sciences (SOSS), IGNOU, was held in the conference hall of the vice-chancellor’s office.

Gopinath Pradhan, vice -chancellor, IGNOU, in his presidential speech brought forward some recent initiatives of the university. ‘We have entered into different fields and our present focus is 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 5,000 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 and economics. Under the Pan Africa project, we are reaching out to students in Africa. Our mode of learning is flexible.’

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. So we had organised 11 conferences there and now we are here to spread the word about Columbia.’ He appraised the audience about Columbia and said that, ‘It is the second largest Spanish speaking country. With the average population standing at 47 million, 70 per cent of which is connected to the internet.’

‘We want our generation to open up to other areas of the world too. Not stop just with developed countries. We look forward to building strong academic ties with Columbia,’ said Kapil Kumar, Director, SOSS, IGNOU.

German Rey, director, Centre for Cultural Production, Xaverian University of Bogota, who spoke on the cultural and human development of Columbia.
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