GEORGETOWN, Guyana (Friday, October 1, 2021) — The Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) and the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), today, as 922 Guyanese have been admitted to the university.
Speaking on behalf of the government of Guyana, Minister of Public Service, Sonia Parag, lauded the initiative by President, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, who, she said, listened to the needs of the people during the election campaign.
During his travels, the President noted the people’s need for more opportunities for higher learning, and acknowledged the need for quality tertiary education.
The minister stated that the first batch of 922 students, from the 10 administrative regions, will pursue studies in 25 different programs, adding that this will pave the way for better opportunities and a brighter future for the beneficiaries.
She urged the students to perform to the best of their abilities.
“When you are educated, no one can take that away from you; it is perhaps the most valuable asset that you will have in your lifetime,” Minister Parag commented.
She pointed out that Guyana is on a transformational cusp and human resources, in many areas, are necessary at this time.
Minister Parag wished the new students success and offered her assistance should they need it.
The minister also noted the benefits that Guyana has enjoyed in 22 years of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program, where many were trained in various skills.
The minister added that the commitment by IGNOU shows that the special relationship will continue with India.
Professor Nageshwar Rao, Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, in his feature address, disclosed that the institution has been accorded A++ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in India, that assesses and accredits higher education institutions.
He explained that interactions between the two agencies began 10 months ago, and are now being put in a MOA.
Professor Rao assured learners that they “will gain a lot, in terms of the knowledge, requisite skills and exposure, which is required for the particular programs.”
He further stated that IGNOU has collaborated with countries around the world and is a popular university.
“Our prime consideration is support services to learners of Guyana, offline, as well as online learning,” he said.
The students will be given all the online and offline support needed, to successfully complete their programs, with specific requirements.
Head of the GOAL, Professor Jacob Opadeyi, said the MOA was long-awaited and he looks forward to the partnership and the support the students will enjoy.
IGNOU was established in 1985 and is the world’s largest university, with the largest enrollment rate.
The university regularly updates its curriculum to keep up-to-date with the changing dynamics of learning, and has fulfilled its mandate of providing accessible, equitable, affordable and quality education for students around the world.