Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to offer four of its certificate courses for free of cost to family members of weavers of two western Odisha villages.
The university has selected two weaver villages, Kantapalli of Sonepur and Sagarpalli of Bargarh district, to train the weavers about best practices used in their field.
It will help the weavers develop their skills under the government’s Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. It will advise them to opt for best and latest practices for enhancement of skills in weaving and designing the clothes and dresses.
IGNOU has decided to provide four certificate courses to members of weavers family. The courses are – computer literacy programme (CLP), bachelor preparatory programme (BPP), NGO management and certificate course on entrepreneurship (CCE).
BPP is a unique programme through which a school or college dropout can get a chance to directly enroll in a bachelors degree. The person will have to sit for an entrance test and upon clearing it can join the bachelors programme.
“Those who are interested in availing the benefits will have to enroll their names at their nearest Ignou study centre in both the districts. The certificate courses will be completed within six months,” Ignou Bhubaneswar regional director Dr Abhilash Nayak said.