Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

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Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985 with the aim to provide cost-effective, quality education to large sections of population in India including those living in remote and far flung areas. Since its inception IGNOU has carved a niche for itself among the premier educational institutions in the country. The University has been a pioneer in Distance Education and the recipient of the Centre of Excellence in Distance Education award conferred by the Commonwealth of Learning in 1993. As an Open University, IGNOU has come a long way since 1985, having crossed national boundaries providing higher education as well as assisting other developing countries in this regard.

IGNOU has two main functions:

  1. It offers various academic programmes that lead to Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees. It develops and produces courses for delivery through open learning and distance education mode. IGNOU is also actively involved in research, training and extension education activities.
  2. In its capacity as an Apex Body, it co-ordinates and monitors distance education system throughout the country. IGNOU has also constituted the Distance Education Council and has provided expertise and assistance to other Open and Distance Learning Institutions in the country.

The University has emerged as the largest Open University in the world catering to the educational aspirations of more than 1.8 million learners. At present the 141 programmes at different levels are on offer through 21 schools of studies.The University has established a network of 58 regional centres, more that 1800 study centres/ tele-learning centres all over the country and 46 overseas centres to provide easy access and effective support services to learners.

The University provides multi-channel, multiple media teaching- learning packages in the form of self-instructional print and audio/video materials, radio and television broadcasts, face-to-face counseling/ tutoring, laboratory and hands on experience, video conferencing, interactive radio counseling, interactive multimedia CD ROM and internet based learning.

To know more about the University please visit the website at http://www.ignou.ac.in .