The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) signed an MoU with the Indian Navy to launch ‘Sagardeep’ programme under its community college scheme to provide both associate and Bachelor’s degrees to sailors.
“We aim to figure out the requirements of the country in terms of knowledge, skill and training capabilities,” said VN Rajasekharan Pillai, vice-chancellor, Ignou.
Some of the Bachelor’s degrees offered to naval personnel would be in commerce, business administration, hospitality services, para-medical sciences, security management and music among others.
The academic degree certificates to sailors will be conferred by Ignou giving due credit to the Naval training. The scheme will benefit every sailor, irrespective of his entry-level qualification, branch or trade.
Talking about the MoU with Ignou, PVS Satish, commander, PRO, Navy, says, “Indian Navy provides high quality skill and professional training to all its personnel. This training is provided to individuals based on their assigned branch duties and covers a wide range of niche skills and cutting edge technology. Needless to say all these skills are extremely valuable. The Community College Scheme of Ignou provided a means to recognise the high quality training provided to Indian Navy personnel and translate the same into degrees/diplomas with wider recognition.”
About 50,000 odd sailors in the Indian Navy will avail of this scheme. According to the MoU, in order to get a three-year graduation degree a sailor will be required to earn a total of 96 credits, i.e. 32 credits for each year of the degree course. Of which 64 credits (equal to two years of graduation degree) will be on the basis of naval training undergone by the sailor in initial 10 years of his service in the navy. An individual will be permitted to take his third year of graduation degree with Ignou only after having obtained an associate degree with Navy-Ignou Community Colleges (NICC), within five years of having completed his associate degree.
Ignou has recognised 19 training schools/establishments of Indian Navy as NICCs. These colleges will function as autonomous institutes for carrying out academic training, administrative responsibilities and will identify academic/training programmes/courses to be offered to the naval personnel.
Ignou would offer various ‘associate degree’ programmes, which would lead to a Bachelor’s degree. The degrees awarded would have the same value as those taking other Ignou courses.
AT A GLANCE
The degree certificates to sailors will be conferred by Ignou giving due credit to Naval training. In order to get a three-year graduation degree a sailor will be required to earn a total of 96 credits, i.e. 32 credits for each year of the degree course