Indian Journal of Open Learning (ISSN: 0971-2690), Vol 28, No 1 (2019)

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Educational Empowerment of the Indian Armed Forces: A Case Study of IGNOU

Manjulika Srivastava, Navita Abrol, Shekhar Suman


Soldiers join the Armed Forces soon after completing their schooling, knowing fully well that they will retire pre-maturely between the age of 35 to 45 years, when they are at the peak of their social and personal responsibilities, with no assurance of a second career. At the time of their retirement these personnel are well groomed, disciplined, trained, and dedicated. The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has developed a Scheme to facilitate the educational upliftment and career advancement of the personnel of the Armed Forces, by recognizing their in-service training/courses undergone by them at their own Training Institutes/Schools/Establishments, and allowing them vertical mobility into the final year of the Bachelor’s degree programme. Since majority of the Defence personnel superannuate in their mid- lives, a Bachelor’s degree should facilitate them in their second innings, to begin a new career. The purpose of this study was to find out how the IGNOU degrees provided career opportunities, enhanced the social status and improved the academic competencies of the defence personnel. There is a felt need to undertake such a study in order to find out the benefits derived by the defence personnel by obtaining civil degrees from IGNOU, and how it has impacted their lives pre and post- retirement.

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