Indira Gandhi National Open University will supply ebook readers pre-loaded with study material to its MBA students within six months.
The move is aimed at enabling students to carry the required material without having to carry 10-15 books. The move is also intended to reduce the consumption of paper.
Prof V N Rajasehekharan Pillai, vice chancellor of IGNOU, said, "We want to provide ebook readers to our students. These devices have become cheaper and we are looking to include it in our study material to reduce the number of books our student needs to carry, it will also help us reduce paper consumption."
He added that IGNOU is talking to a number of technology providers to supply these ebooks. He said, "We believe that we will get these books at affordable price as the numbers generated by us will be in millions, and will help in reduction of prices by increasing the economies of scale."
IGNOU is also planning a number of initiatives in the wake of 3G and BWA service launches, which will enable it to deliver richer content directly to its students.
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