HRD minister Smriti steps in to get Armed Forces IGNOU degrees


  • Reacting to a report in Mail Today, Irani said she had held a meeting with representatives of IGNOU and the Army and had directed officials in the HRD ministry to expedite the award of degrees. 

  • The Army and IAF signed an MoU with IGNOU for bachelor’s degrees for their retiring personnel after completion of two years in service and one year at IGNOU.

  • The military brass had approached the HRD minister to intervene on their behalf for issuing of pending certificates.

  • Till February 2012, 4.57 lakh soldiers got themselves enrolled in the ‘Gyandeep’ scheme by paying a fee of Rs 34.25 crore.

  • The vertical mobility scheme would mean that as soon as soldiers retire after 17 years of service and enter the civilian street they would automatically be armed with a bachelor’s degree.

Source: ET

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