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An online training for diplomats

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NEW DELHI, AUG. 2 . A training programme for Indian diplomats was inaugurated by the External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, at the Electronic Media Production Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University here.

The university has developed a virtual campus website for mid-career training programme for Foreign Service Institute officers. Mr Singh, who also participated in a special teleconference, said India has stood by its foreign policy as formulated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in spite of many changes.

Pointing out that the twin phenomenon of globalisation and liberalisation has put additional responsibilities on the foreign diplomats, he said, the need for lifelong learning is more than ever before.

The Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, H.P. Dikshit, said the university's course material is recognised across the world for its excellence and hoped the IGNOU-FSI collaboration would facilitate continuous professional development and enable India's mid-career diplomats protect the interests of the country in a better manner.

The Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and Dean of Foreign Service Institute, Santosh Kumar, said the internet-based training programme for Indian diplomats would enable the officers scattered across the world in different time zones to undergo training at any hour without physically moving to the headquarters or another mission.

The Pro-VC of IGNOU, S.C. Garg, stated that the website has been developed by the university and has been hosted on the National Informatics Centre web server with 24-hour accessibility and potential to reach larger global officers.

Unlike classroom-based training, the virtual initiative facilitates individualised learning according to one's convenience. The learner can choose what content to access, based on the learning preference, and can also control the pace of learning, Professor Garg informed.

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