The partnership will offer three new courses, which  aims to equip students with IT standards in emerging verticals like healthcare, financial services and retail.

The courses will include a certificate programme in open source software, a diploma in open source software and industry vertical domain standards and an advanced diploma in industry verticals such as healthcare, financial services and retail.

The courses would range from six to 18 months, with the entry level certificate course likely to cost around Rs 15,000.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU Rajasekharan Pillai said “The use of technology must not only improve the reach of education but also enhance the quality of education. This MoU is an attempt to enhance the quality of education.”

Meanwhile, Shailesh Agarwal, Vice-President IBM (Sales Programs) said that the MoU reflected his organisation’s commitment in building a strong industry academia relationship. “There has never been a better opportunity to ensure that we are arming our students with industry relevant smart skills,” he said. The assessment for the programmes will pre-dominantly be carried out through online tests and examinations.

The ProVice Chancellor of IGNOU, Professor Srivathsan, who was present on the occasion said that right from applications for the courses to assignments and assessments, the implementation will be online. Although the MoU has come into effect, the finer details of the implementation of the courses will be done in a month’s time.

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