BHUBANESWAR: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will launch a certificate course on sand art as a first of its kind in the country. Noted sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik from Odisha will help the university to design and develop the programme.
It was announced by university vice chancellor Prof Ravindra Kumar at the East Zone Regional Directors’ Meet held here on Friday. This course will be available under the university’s massive online open course (MOOC) programme, which offers students an opportunity to learn online.
IGNOU has developed more than 300 MOOC courses. These courses will be offered on the government’s own internet platform called ‘Swayam’. The programme on sand art will also come on this platform. Students can access the website and learn the art through videos.
Patnaik gave a presentation on sand art in the meeting. After this, he was requested to help the university to develop a one-month sand art certificate course for enthusiastic art students.
Vice chancellor Kumar said the institution will host this course on its online platform. This course will initially be offered at Bhubaneswar region because this year’s enrollment of eastern zone is around 25 per cent of the total enrolment of the university. “Later, we will introduce in other centres. We hope it will be launched within three-month time,” he added.
Kumar said anybody can access the MOOC programme. It is open to all. “We will video record the process of making sculpture on sand by Patnaik at sea beach. And then we will make the videos online for the students,” he added.
Patnaik said both theory and practical model of the courses will be prepared for the programme. “In theory, we will teach the students about selection of sand, use of water, measurement of sand and use of props while making the art, carving, how to form pyramid shape and the whole process of making a sculpture on sand,” he added.
He said the art can’t be taught through theories only. The major part of the course is based on practical knowledge. “We will make videos of making a sculpture on sand and put it online through IGNOU’s website for students,” he said, adding, “The videos will give them ample of knowledge from selecting and gathering of sand to give finishing touch to the sculpture.”
Patnaik said Odisha has a rich history of sand art. This announcement of the university has bought honour to the art and the state. This form of art will get digitalized for the people who want to learn it, said the sand artist.
IGNOU Bhubaneswar regional director Dr Abhilash Nayak said the university has just announced it. “We will prepare course of study and syllabus for the programme. Then we will go for its launch,” he add.