Now get a certificate in “Chess as mind booster”! Asia's biggest IT leader, NIIT has joined the world’s largest Open University, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), to offer a ‘Certificate Programme in Chess as Mind Booster’, aimed at developing young minds through Chess. Under the guidance of Indian Grandmaster and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand , the program will help the students to learn the game, practice, solve puzzles, analyze great moves, enrich their knowledge on Chess history and expose them to games of eminent players. Students will get an opportunity to play with Anand.
IGNOU and NIIT will also work towards extending the - NIIT MindChampions Academy across the country. After the successful completion of the program students will be felicitated with a joint Certification by NIIT and IGNOU. This will enable the students to become members of the NIIT MindChampions Academy and contribute to the Chess movement in India. Prof. K.R. Srivathsan, Pro Vice Chancellor, IGNOU, who initiated the program between of IGNOU and NIIT, explained the importance of offering this program through the Distance Education Program of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. This would further help making school education more exciting and relevant to children’s development. Prof. Srivathsan stated how this program will be made openly accessible to all interested through the ‘Sikshadhara’ portal of open education under the DEP-SSA whose development he had been guiding.
The course costs Rs600 for students but any one can join—the cost to individuals is Rs2000
You can get details and sign up here: http://iocg.ignou.ac.in/wiki/index.php/Certificate_Programme_in_Chess_as_Mind_Booster