Union Minister for Human Resource Kapil Sibal said on Saturday that he has set his sights on increasing the countrys Gross Enrolment Ratio to global standards by 2020.
Sibal was speaking at the Indira Gandhi National Open Universitys 22nd convocation at its main campus in Maidan Garhi. I am planning to raise it to the global average by 2020,which by then will be around 30 per cent. It will mean that the enrolment should expand to 40-45 million from the mere 13 million today, he said. Indias GER is about 13 per cent now,10 per cent below the global average.
Of the 2.15 lakh students across the country,78 received gold medals at the event. IGNOU gave away 44,926 Bachelors degrees,20,775 Masters degrees,59,042 diplomas,90,618 certificates and three PhDs to students across the country on Saturday.
P T Manoharan,former Vice-Chancellor of Madras University,distributed the gold medals and other awards,and delivered the guest of honour address.
The Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Award of Rs 10,000 for the gold medalist in Bachelor of Social Work,CEMCA award of
Rs 10,000 for the best female student in the programme related to Information and Communication Technology and Professor Grover award for the best among differently abled meritorious students,were among the awards given away.
Speaking on initiatives to promote GER,IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V N Rajasekharan Pillai said,About 120 districts were identified with the GER between 3 and 7,where IGNOU can tap prospective learners between 18 and 23 years. Matters relating to enrolment of fresh learners by IGNOU and retention of learners in the IGNOU system are being addressed.