IGNOU inaugurated Mother Teresa Chair (MTC)
Government of India shall establish 50,000 Technology and Skill education Centres to provide skills to 50 lakh personnel and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has a big role to play as the ultimate destination for those who cannot afford education through conventional universities, announced by Mr.Oscar Fernandes, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) at the inaugural of the Mother Teresa Chair in IGNOU at New Delhi.
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The Mother Teresa Chair (MTC) has been established at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, as a part of the Centenary Celebration of the birth of Mother Teresa. The MTC was inaugurated on Tuesday, March 12, by Mr.Oscar Fernandes, Member of Parliament and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Human Resource Development in the presence of Rev. Dr. Jacob Mar Bernabas, Bishop of Malankara Catholic Church, Delhi, Gopinath Pradhan, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU and Gracious Thomas, Director, School of Social Work, IGNOU.
Mother Teresa Chair (MTC)
The proposal for MTC was introduced by the School of Social Work and the Academic Council to promote socially relevant programmes in the area of philanthropy and inter-religious studies. According to Thomas, the MTC will also undertake extension activities targeting the HIV infected patients, leprosy patients, street children, refugees and the destitute. Inaugurating the MTC, Fernandes announced that the Government of India will establish 50,000 technology and skill education centres that will cater to 50 lakh job aspirants and by 2020, there centers are likely to reach out to at least 30 per cent of the Indian youth.
Prof Gracious Thomas, Director, School of Social Work, IGNOU in his welcome address stated that the main objectives of the Chair are: to promote socially relevant programmes in the area of philanthropy and inter-religious studies, to undertake extension activities targeting the HIV infected, leprosy patients, street children, refugees, destitute, and other vulnerable population, to organize training and skill development programmes for socio-economic development of vulnerable sections of the society, to organize training, workshops, seminars, conferences etc. on socially relevant topics, to celebrate Philanthropic Day on August 26th, the birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa, and to constitute awards and scholarships.
Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas in his address stated that it is a fitting tribute from the part of the Indian Government to establish the Mother Teresa Chair in the name of Bharat Ratna and Nobel Laureate Blessed Mother Teresa. Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU, said that IGNOU is the largest University in the world catering to 29 lakh students in India and abroad.
According to an IGNOU circular, the MTC will impart training for welfare providers, celebrate Mother Teresa's August 26 Birthday as National Philanthropic Day and institute awards for social service. IGNOU had earlier named a campus building as Mother Teresa Bhavan and has been organizing the Annual Mother Teresa Memorial Lecture from 2008 apart from instituting Mother Teresa Memorial Award to the gold medallist of MSW programme.