To promote indigenous and Indic knowledge through authentic research, education, application and socio-economic empowerment, The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (Ignou) Centre for Traditional Knowledge Systems (CTKS) signed an MoU with Shruti Foundation, a non-profit organisation.
“The MoU has brought traditional knowledge into the forefront, which is fundamental in any education system. This step will empower students in many areas and prepare them to earn a livelihood and improve their quality of life,” says Shruti Rana, founder and managing trustee, Shruti Foundation.
Certificate, degree and skill-training programmes in traditional knowledge systems, leadership and management, self-management, psychology and consciousness studies, faculty training and women’s empowerment, will be offered in collaboration with Ignou.
They will jointly establish a plan of action for imparting the certification, diplomas or skills training, the date, institutions and venue for the programmes, selection procedure with a minimum number of participants.
Elaborating on the healthcare programme, Debjani Roy, deputy director, CTKS, Ignou, said that the course is jointly prepared by both the Shruti Foundation and Ignou and would combine both classroom study and practical training. “Students will understand the concepts through audio and video programmes and class-based learning. Various workshops will be conducted jointly by Ignou and the Shruti Foundation where students will be exposed to vibrations and music. We yet have to decide on the specifics but the programme will be modular in nature,” says Roy.
After students complete the course, they will be able to intern in three hospitals. “Whatever students learn, we want them to put that knowledge into practice. Hospitals have wellness programmes and students after completing the course can apply there,” adds Roy.