IGNOU on crutches in Kashmir

Fails to streamline distance learning, Counsellors to boycott Sunday classes


SRINAGAR: Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) approved academic counsellors of all the on Thursday decided to boycott coming two Sunday classes as a mark of protest against non-release of their payments since March 2014 by the regional centre.
The bills related to counselling, evaluation of assignments and conduct of practicals are pending from last more than a year causing much inconvenience to the counsellors to smoothly conduct the Sunday classes without getting any payments.
“In this regard, the competitive authority has been informed time and again to clear all our pending dues. However, despite our repeated requests, no action till date has been taken to resolve this matter,” said an academic counsellor at Study centre number 1209 of SP College. The academic counsellors of this study centre have decided to boycott classes on 29th march and 5th April. “We will continue then boycott till our genuine demands are not fulfilled and will not even evaluate the assignments of June 2015,” said an academic counselor wishing not to be named.
Official Sources from Regional IGNOU centre told Rising Kashmir that the cause of the delay was the unapproved counsellors who are appointed by the study centres coordinators without getting them approved by the Regional centre in time. “In December 2014, Regional centre IGNOU had asked letter from every study centre coordinator giving details of approved and unapproved counsellors. In reply sent in January 2015, regional centre had said that many study centres do not conform to the norms of the IGNOU while forwarding the bills for procession.
Again in February 2014, one more letter by regional centre was sent to study centres reading that the Bills have been sent for approval to central office Delhi, “said an Official source. As per sources, presently there are dozens of counsellors who have been teaching in IGNOU study centres from more than three years but are not approved by the regional centre and still continues to teach. “I can teach in any study centre and students under my guidance will never be questioned by any authority but those students who study under guidance of an unapproved counsellor, their degree can be challenged by authorities tomorrow,” said an approved counsellor, wishing anonymity.
Despite repeated attempts to contact Incharge Regional Director IGNOU Srinagar, Dr A Rehman could not materialize. However sources said that he has left for New Delhi after the counsellors demanded release of long pending dues. Meanwhile no one bothered to take call on landline number of IGNOU Regional centre Srinagar.



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