IGNOU To Offer English Course Via Mobile Phones

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has partnered with Nokia to offer certificate programme in English. The first-of-its-kind partnership will allow IGNOU to offer a certificate programme in English through Nokia phone’s Ovi Life Tools. The programme will commence from January 2011. The six months programme is a break up of three levels that include English in daily life, English in education and joining the workforce. With a fee of Rs 1900, the programme course will be in efficient English offered mainly through SMS. V N Rajasekharan Pillai, vice chancellor, IGNOU, said, “We will initially start this programme in six districts of Maharashtra. After six months, depending on the response, they will launch it on a national level. We also plan to sign a similar deal with other companies to step up education growth in the country.” Nokia’s Ovi Life Tools aimed at bridging information gaps by providing timely and relevant information customized to the user’s location, language and personal preferences directly on their mobile devices. Launched in 2009, it supports Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Oriya languages beyond English. Nokia India managing director D Shivkumar added, “Education is considered a necessary skill for progress and gateway to a better future. Our association with IGNOU will immensely benefit students through the dissemination of quality educational content.”

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