Indira Gandhi National Open University



Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) established in 1985 IGNOU has contributed significantly to the development of higher education in the country through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The ‘People’s University’ follows a learner-centric approach and has successfully adopted a policy of flexibility in entry qualifications, time taken for completion of a programme, and the place of study. The University, at present, offers 338 programmes of study through over 3,500 courses to cumulative student strength of over 3 million students. The programmes are offered by the University at the following levels: doctoral, master?s, and bachelor?s degree programmes; postgraduate and undergraduate diplomas; and certificates. The University develops its academic programmes through 21 Schools of Study. A dedicated faculty, trained in distance education methodology, is responsible for planning, designing, developing, and delivering academic programmes. IGNOU involves a large number of senior teachers and experts from premier institutions in the country as ‘content experts’ for developing and delivering its course material. The University has established a network of 43 Regional Centres, 6 Sub -Regional Centres, and 1400 Study Centres all over the country to provide easy access and effective support services to learners. The University has also begun to focus on the educationally- backward regions in India and has entered into bilateral and multilateral alliances with several countries, especially in Asia, Europe, and Africa. ( )