Collaboration and Networking
STRIDE faculty members are working continuously in collaboration with other institutions and individuals at national and international level. Some of the significant collaborative and networking activities undertaken by STRIDE faculty include:
Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship Scheme (RGFS) 1995 Onwards:
The PGDDE and MADE Programmes were offered to 14 Commonwealth countries from Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, and West Indies under the Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship Scheme, launched jointly by the COL (Canada), IGNOU and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) in 1995.
The PGDDE and MADE courses were revised in 2000 to make them more international in character. Under this scheme, more than 100 students have completed their PGDDE and MADE Programmes.
From July 2005, COL has offered 50 more fellowships to senior faculty of Nigeria to pursue the MADE Programme. From 2007-2008, South Africa Development Community (SADC) has sponsored 40 students of MADE under Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship in Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho and Zambia.
International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA)-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and STRIDE-IGNOU Collaboration (1999 onwards):
Since 2000, the PGDDE and MADE Programmes are being offered to students from African countries under the collaboration of IGNOU and UNESCO-IICBA.
So far, teachers from six countries (Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Ghana, Gambia and Sierra Leone) have participated under the scheme.
Distance Education Modernisation Project (DEMP), Sri Lanka and STRIDE-IGNOU Collaboration:
Under the aegis of Distance Education Modernisation Project, Government of Sri Lanka and IGNOU collaboration and 18 senior faculty members from nine Universities in Sri Lanka are part of the Programme since 2006.
This is part of further capacity building and modernisation of distance education in Sri Lanka.