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The concept of this website was initiated in February 2000 with the sole objective of disseminating information related to the Government Sector which is useful to various users groups at large. To start with the basic contact details like website, e-mail, telephone and fax numbers of the Government hierarchy was put on the site. The information varied from the President of India, Prime Ministers office, Council of Ministers, Government of India Ministries/Departments, Public Sector undertakings, State Governments and Union Territories. Foreign Missions based in India, Indian Missions/Posts abroad was hosted on the site and was updated regularly as and when there was a change in hierarchy. With this website became an instant hit. The website was inaugurated by Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, then Union Communications Minister, Govt. of India, on August 27th, 2001 , then Rajya Sabha Dy. Chairperson Dr. (Smt.) Najma Heptulla was the chief guest at the inaugural function with top bureaucrats, technocrats, information technology experts and students. The Ambassador of Peru was also present on the occasion. The Hindi version of the website was inaugurated by the then Honble Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Manohar Joshi on October 17th, 2002. With time many value additions have been done on the website this includes news section (covers national & international news), corporate news, photo gallery section, useful public utility links health for all section. The website presently is being accessed from more than 148 countries with around 1.25 Lacs Unique visitors per month . The website is not only popular in the Government sector but in the public sector.



The Planning Commission was set up by a Resolution of the Government of India in March 1950 in pursuance of declared objectives of the Government to promote a rapid rise in the standard of living of the people by efficient exploitation of the resources of the country, increasing production and offering opportunities to all for employment in the service of the community. The Planning Commission was charged with the responsibility of making assessment of all resources of the country, augmenting deficient resources, formulating plans for the most effective and balanced utilisation of resources and determining priorities. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Chairman of the Planning Commission. The first Five-year Plan was launched in 1951 and two subsequent five-year plans were formulated till 1965, when there was a break because of the Indo-Pakistan Conflict. Two successive years of drought, devaluation of the currency, a general rise in prices and erosion of resources disrupted the planning process and after three Annual Plans between 1966 and 1969, the fourth Five-year plan was started in 1969. The Eighth Plan could not take off in 1990 due to the fast changing political situation at the Centre and the years 1990-91 and 1991-92 were treated as Annual Plans. The Eighth Plan was finally launched in 1992 after the initiation of structural adjustment policies. For the first eight Plans the emphasis was on a growing public sector with massive investments in basic and heavy industries, but since the launch of the Ninth Plan in 1997, the emphasis on the

public sector has become less pronounced and the current thinking on planning in the country, in general, is that it should increasingly be of an indicative nature. The 1950 resolution setting up the Planning Commission outlined its functions as to: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. Make an assessment of the material, capital and human resources of the country, including technical personnel, and investigate the possibilities of augmenting such of these resources as are found to be deficient in relation to the nations requirement; Formulate a Plan for the most effective and balanced utilisation of country's resources; On a determination of priorities, define the stages in which the Plan should be carried out and propose the allocation of resources for the due completion of each stage; Indicate the factors which are tending to retard economic development, and determine the conditions which, in view of the current social and political situation, should be established for the successful execution of the Plan; Determine the nature of the machinery which will be necessary for securing the successful implementation of each stage of the Plan in all its aspects; Appraise from time to time the progress achieved in the execution of each stage of the Plan and recommend the adjustments of policy and measures that such appraisal may show to be necessary; and Make such interim or ancillary recommendations as appear to it to be appropriate either for facilitating the discharge of the duties assigned to it, or on a consideration of prevailing economic conditions, current policies, measures and development programmes or on an examination of such specific problems as may be referred to it for advice by Central or State Governments.

From here we can collect data regarding national pals, state plans,and reports regardind socioeconomic status of the country.



Since its establishment in 1985, IGNOU has contributed significantly to the development of higher education in the country through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The 'People's University' follows a learner-centric approach and has successfully adopted a policy of openness and flexibility in entry qualifications, time taken for completion of a programme, and place of study. The University, at present, offers 338 programmes of study through over 3,500 courses to cumulative student strength of over 30 lakh students. The programmes are offered by the University at the following levels: doctorate; masters and bachelors degree programmes; post-graduate and under-graduate diplomas; and certificates. The education is disseminated in conventional, as well as emerging inter-

disciplinary areas, such as consumer protection, disaster management, environment, human rights, tourism, women empowerment and child development, participatory forest management, participatory planning, resettlement and rehabilitation, teacher education, food and nutrition, continuing medical and health education, HIV/AIDs, laboratory techniques, and online learning. One of the biggest contributions of the University has been making available to long-distance learners, courses which were hitherto exclusively limited to Faceto-Face classroom transactions. These include programmes in physical and natural sciences, nursing, health, engineering and technology, computers, library and information sciences and BEd degree, among others. The University develops its academic programmes through 21 Schools of Study. A dedicated faculty, trained in distance education methodology, is responsible for planning, designing, developing and delivering academic programmes. IGNOU involves a large number of senior teachers and experts from premier institutions in the country as 'content experts' for developing and delivering its course material. The University has established a network of 43 Regional Centres (RCs), 6 SubRegional Centres and 1,400 Study Centres (SCs) all over the country to provide easy access and effective support services to the learners. These include Programme Study Centres (PSCs), as well as Special Study Centres for SC/STs, minorities, differently-abled learners, jail inmates, and personnel of different wings of Defence and Para-military services. We can collect information regarding different courses IGNOU offered and how and when to apply theses courses along with their benefits and fee. Beside that we can know about different schools, divisions, cells, announcements and jobs at IGNOU from this website. 4. 5. 6. 7. http:/ http:/ http:/ /education/ http:/

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