IGNOU launches scheme to popularise science through mobile phones



Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) National Centre for Innovations in Distance Education (NCIDE) in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar has launched ‘Science@Mobile’. The innovative scheme aims to educate people across the country about science through free mobile updates.

“Now, interesting science facts, latest science news, health tips, green tips, events and days of scientific importance will be at your fingertips with this service. The basic objective of this scheme is to exploit the potential of mobile phones for science popularisation in society so as to create interest among the people towards science,” said IGNOU in a statement.

There is no subscription fee for the SMSes and the target group includes educated as well as uneducated people including homemakers and children. The content has been divided into three categories. “First category includes those with little education background who need basic science knowledge, the second category would consist of those who are educated but have no science background while the third category would include educated people having sound knowledge about science,” the statement said. Subscribers will be given a choice to select the category and frequency of the messages as per their choice and interest.

 

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