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IGNOU’s satellite teaching centre for Army Launched in Leh

The Army in alliance with IGNOU today inaugurated a satellite connection with Leh for facilitating distance education to its staff in remote areas, apart from announcing the setting up of an Information Technology Academy together with Microsoft India. Army Chief General V K Singh inaugurated the IGNOU satellite connection with a military base in Leh, thus extending the university’s educational online resources to the army troops set up in the Ladakh region.

This ability, as part of the university and the Army’s combined project Gyandeep, will be simulated soon in other parts of the nation, the Army announced in the occurrence of IGNOU Vice Chancellor Prof Rajashekaran Pillai, Microsoft India chairman and vice president Ravi Venkatesan and Army Western Command chief Lt Gen S R Ghosh.

The IT Academy, which is part of the Army- Microsoft’s ‘Kshamta’ project of the last 1 year under the umbrella of ‘Samarth’ initiatives, would teach Army personnel in IT courses of a variety of levels to authorize them with skills to discover an option post-career retirement.

The flagship plan under ‘Samarth’ is ‘Gyandeep’, which recognizes ‘in service’ training done by soldiers and makes them entitled for the award of guarantee by IGNOU.

Under this plan, over 68,000 soldiers have been registered so far and over 2,300 of them have been awarded diplomas and degrees by now.

‘Kshamta’ was an result of a thoughtful collaboration with Microsoft India aimed at imparting specialized skills like Information Technology and spoken English to soldiers.
IGNOU’s satellite teaching centre for Army Launched in Leh

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