About IGNOU The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 to broad-base the reach of education and provide cost-effective and quality learning facilities to large sections of our population, including those living in remote and far-flung areas. Today, it serves the educational aspirations of about 1.85 million students in India and about 32 other countries. IGNOU imparts the study programmes through 21 Schools of Study, with a network of 62 regional centres, more than 2050 study centres/ tele-learning centres and around 51 overseas centres. The University offers need based academic programmes, including professional, vocational and general awareness programmes to the seekers. Most of these programmes have been created to fulfil the learners need for: acquisition of academic and professional qualifications; continuing education and professional development at the work-place; and skill-enhancement The methodology of instruction in the University is learner-centric. The teaching-learning process is through self-instructional learning materials, based on the credit system. The self-study is aided by the support facilities provided at study centers throughout the country. The Virtual Class provides an e-learning platform to deliver online programmes of the University. The online platform is a complete virtual learning environment suite covering all activities from registration to certification. IGNOU offers 167 Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Doctoral programmes comprising around 1,600 courses. These are supported by faculty members and academic staff at the headquarters and Regional Centres. The academic counsellors drawn from conventional institutions of higher learning, and professionals from various organizations also give the necessary back-up. As of now, IGNOU has about 700 centres equipped with one–way video and two–way audio facility and more than 134 EduSat television based centers with interactive facility. The application of state-of-the-art ICTs has further helped in reaching out to the hitherto un-reached sections of the society. Access, quality and equity are IGNOU’s guiding principles. IGNOU is also actively involved in research, training, extension and capacity building activities. It also co-ordinates and monitors distance education system throughout the country in its capacity as an Apex Body christened as the “Distance Education Council”. It uses innovative technologies and methodologies and fosters convergence of existing systems for massive human resource required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding. To know more about the University please visit the website at  http://www.ignou.ac.in.   .
School of Agriculture has been established to improve and sustain productivity and quality of human life in rural areas through Open and Distance Learning System (ODL) in agriculture and allied sectors. It aims to improve out-reach of agriculture education for rural masses particularly in remote, ecologically and socio-economically marginalized areas through academic, continuing and extension programmes. The objective is to strengthen human resource base through quality education and generate an army of trained manpower in agriculture through ODL in consonance with the national policies and market environment. It also aims to produce entrepreneurial skills and opportunities for life-long learning. The School is developing programmes in collaboration with various national and international organizations like Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Rural Development, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Central Silk Board, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). To know more about  school of Agriculture click here school of Agriculture .
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