The inaugural session of the Pre -PCF6 Workshop held on 22nd
November 2010, was presided over by Ms. Vibha Puri Das, IAS,
Secretary, Higher Education, Government of India. The thrust of the
Workshop was 'Research in Open Schooling." Dr. V.N. Rajasekharan
Pillai, Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, was the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. S.S. Jena, Chairman, NIOS,
emphasized on the need for Research in Open Schooling in order to
contribute to the growth of Open Schooling in terms of access and
quality, not only in India, but in all commonwealth countries. Ms.
Frances Ferreira, Education specialist, Commonwealth of Learning
(COL) lamented the fact that despite having been on the ground for
quite sometime, the Open Schools have yet to find a place in the
research arena. She informed the house that, over the two days, the
group would develop and consolidate strategies for collecting
baseline Institutional data in Open Schooling in the Commonwealth
and would also discuss methodological issues appropriate for
Research in Open Schooling and analyse and understand the
importance of systematic reporting of research results. The sharing
of research results was stressed on by all the speakers.
Prof. Pillai stressed on the fact that education is successful
only when it is sociological, contextual and it is in this sphere
that educational research takes on a very important role, specially
research in open schooling. He suggested that quality teaching of
Science and Maths could go a long way in reducing the number of
Ms. Vibha Puri Das informed that India was set to reap the
demographic dividend and would have the largest number of young
persons in the world. It was thus the need of the hour to provide
quality education through multiple pathways, including
vocationalisation of education. She said that the National
Knowledge Commission has also advocated the setting up of a
Research Foundation for research in Open and Distance Education.
This must be used to conduct research and implement the
Sh. G.G. Saxena, Secretary, NIOS proposed a Vote of Thanks.
Venue : 'CASUARINA', India Habitat Centre, Lodi Estate,
for the photo gallery