New Delhi: The Indira
Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Tuesday inked a pact with
NGO Shuri Foundation to promote the country's indigenous knowledge
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two aims to
develop certificate, diploma, degree and skill training progammes
in the subjects of traditional knowledge systems, leadership and
management, self-management, psychology and consciousness studies,
faculty training and women's empowerment.
"It is through the distance learning mode that knowledge about our
cultural resources like philosophy, sufism, yoga, ayurveda,
architecture, grammar, natyashastra etc can be invigorated," said
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) president Karan
Singh, who was present on the occasion.
"In this changing world where old structures are collapsing and
new are being born, awareness about our own indigenous systems
like patanjali, unani, etc. needs to be invoked. We alone are able
to combine the east with the west," he added.
According to IGNOU Vice Chancellor V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, such
programmes are common all over the world but it is a new concept
"Certification is the requirement of all developing countries and
we aim to reach the unreached," he said.
"IGNOU and Shruti foundation will jointly organize workshops and
courses to safeguard and promote "guru-shishya parampara
(teacher-student tradition)" in various fields," said a varsity