Keeping the importance of the Right to Information Act and its relevance in the society, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to start certificate and diploma courses in RTI. The Central Information Commission (CIC) will be supporting this step of the university. The courses will be the mandatory part of training for the central government employees. Prisoners can also make use of these courses.
Vice Chancellor Nageshwar Rao stressed on the importance of RTI and the process which is followed in getting the information. He said this will help in using this act in a proper and technical way.
“We realised that people know that they can seek certain information through RTI but they are not aware of the technicalities such as how to go about the process, how to frame the questions, how and where to make further appeals and much more things.”
He said that they have kept the societal relevance in mind while starting this course. Rao said that he approached CIC commissioner to support this proposal .
University officials with the consultations from CIC have started the process of framing the content and syllabus for the course.
The certificate course is expected to be rolled out by July 2016 cycle, while the diploma course will be offered from January 2017 cycle.
The university makes fresh admissions through two admission cycles during a year. From the Post Graduate Diploma in Right to Information (PGDRTI). The certificate course is expected to be rolled out by July 2016 cycle, while the diploma course will be offered from January 2017 cycle. PGDRTI is proposed to be a programme of 36 credits include four elective courses and a field based project. While it will be mandatory for all the Central Government employees to pursue the course, it will be open to all including the prisoners.