The director of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), Madhu Parhar, on Wednesday lauded Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) for initiating capacity-building training programmes for teachers.

The CEMCA director said RGU, located at the Rono Hills of Doimukh in Arunachal Pradesh, has become the first dual-mode university across the nation.

Parhar was speaking at the valedictory session of a three-day ‘Online capacity building of teaching staff on development of online courses’ organised by CEMCA in collaboration with RGU.

The programme ended on Wednesday.

RGU Vice-Chancellor Saket Kushwaha in his valedictory lecture said online learning has become the need of the hour and RGU is committed to take all necessary steps to adapt to the new normal.

He suggested that RGU and CEMCA should jointly start relevant courses to facilitate the new methodologies of teaching-learning.

Ashan Riddi, director of RGU’s Institute of Distant Education (IDE) and Manas Ranjan Parhi, SPO of CEMCA spoke on the occasion.

The training programme, open to teachers for learning online teaching methods, was specially designed for teachers from the north-eastern region of the nation. It had 317 applicants from which 100 were selected following selection criteria.

The 100 participants were given intensive synchronised and non-synchronised training with assignments and tasks. Nisha Singh of IGNOU’s Centre for Online Education was the resource person for the training.

Moyir Riba, faculty at IDE, was the coordinator of the programme.

The Vancouver, Canada-based Commonwealth of Learning had established CEMCA in 1994. CEMCA promotes the meaningful, relevant and appropriate use of media and technology to serve the educational and training needs of Commonwealth member-states of Asia.

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