IGNOU Indira Gandhi National Open University
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Admissions for 2017 Session.
IGNOU MBA Admissions
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IGNOU B.E.D and M.E.D Admission
IGNOU B.Ed. Bachelor Education Entrance Test Notification
IGNOU B.Ed Course overview and Admission Process
IGNOU B.Ed Test Pattern | B.Ed Entrance Exam Structure
Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU MEd Admission 2017
IGNOU M.Ed Admission process and entrance exam
IGNOU M.Ed eligibility criteria for 2017 admission
IGNOU B.S.C and M.S.C Admissions
IGNOU OPENNET 2017 – Post Basic BSc Nursing Entrance Test
IGNOU B.C.A and M.C.A Admissions
IGNOU Masters Degree Courses Admission Notification 2017 – MA, M.Com, M.Sc
IGNOU UG and PG Distance Education Admissions 2017
IIGNOU Bachelors Degree Courses Admission 2017 BA, B.Sc, BA Tourism, B.Com, BLIS, BSW
IGNOU announces admission to UG and PG Distance Education Programmes 2017
IGNOU Post Graduate and Professional Certificate Programmes
IGNOU PG Diploma in E-Learning PGDEL Admission
IGNOU Tourism Management Courses Admissions (Bachelors and Masters)
IGNOU Certificate and Advanced Certificate Programmes
IGNOU launches web-based radio and television channels
List of Entrance Exams conducted by IGNOU
What is IGNOU Associative Studentship Scheme?
Programmes are offered by IGNOU School of Education
Are you eligible for IGNOU Management Programs
List of IGNOU Distance Education Courses
IGNOU Admissions – Diploma in Elementary Education Programme
IGNOU Eligibility Requirements for MBA and PGDM Courses
IGNOU Online Programs Admissions Notice
IGNOU Admissions through Entrance Test July OPENMAT, B.Ed. M.Ed. Spl. Education and PG Diploma courses
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Paramedical Allied Health Sciences Programmes
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Non-Credit and Appreciation Courses
IGNOU – Regional Centres Address
Recognised as the largest Open University of the World, the Indira Gandhi National Open University is the first University in India to launch Convergence as well as Community College Scheme.
With an aim to democratise the higher education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners, IGNOU was established by an Act of Parliament on September 20, 1985, with a budget of Rs. 2,000 crore. It was started to provide access to high- quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region, religion and gender and to offer need-based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the courses. An important aim of the University is to promote and maintain standards in distance education in the country as an apex body.
The University strives to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. It is the only National Open University in the country with its headquarters in New Delhi. The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e. Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with a strength of 4,528 students. Today, it serves the educational aspirations of over 4 million students in India and other countries.
The University offers both short-term and long-term programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diploma, Associates Degree and Degrees, which are conventional as well as innovative. Most of these programmes have been developed after an initial survey of the demand or such Programmes. The University has established a wide ‘student support services network’ consisting of 67 Regional Centres and over 3000 learner support centres. These learner support centres organise counseling sessions for the benefit of the learners and have become much sought after peer contact points especially for the learners staying in far-flung areas. Such a delivery mechanism provides the learners with the flexibility to accommodate the mid-session dislocations due to job compulsions or otherwise. As the National Resource Centre for Open and Distance Learning, with international recognition and presence, provides flawless access to sustainable and learner-centric quality education, skill up- gradation and training to all by using innovative technologies and methodologies including convergence of existing systems for large-scale human resource development, required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding. IGNOU also hosts the Secretariats of the SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL) and the Global Mega Universities Network (GMUNET) initially supported by UNESCO.
The ‘Walk-in-Admission’ scheme of the University provides great flexibility to the admission schedule. This is evident from the growing popularity of IGNOU, both in India and abroad. With the increasing popularity and accessibility of Distance Learning, approximately 4 million students in India and 36 countries abroad are served by IGNOU including UAE, UK, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Ethiopia, Namibia, Kenya, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Fiji, France, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Liberia, West Indies, Samoa, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Nigeria, Mongolia and Zambia in 21 schools.
Given the vast size of the country, need for local centres became imperative to meet the requirements of students regionally. IGNOU has now started its de-centralisation process by setting up five zones, viz. north, south, east, west and north east. The first of the regional headquarters, catering to four southern States, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep is being set up on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The Regional Centres (56), IGNOU-Army Recognised Regional Centres (6), IGNOU-Navy Recognised Regional Centres (4) and IGNOU-Assam Rifles Recognised Regional Centre (1) are responsible for the promotion of the Open University system; development, maintenance and monitoring of Study Centres and Student Support Services; and organisation of staff development programmes in the region.
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IGNOU has consistently got acknowledged as a premier centre of learning in the field of distance education. In the year 1993, it was recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Distance Education by the Commonwealth of Learning. It was awarded with the Excellence of Distance Education materials by Commonwealth of Learning in 1999. UNESCO declared IGNOU as the largest institution in higher learning in the world in 2010. It was bestowed the ‘Best Teaching Practices’ Award on January’2012 at the “India Today Education Summit”. IGNOU has not only contributed significantly to the development of higher education in the country through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode, but also ensured equity in its provision. The ‘People’s University’ follows a learner-centric approach and has successfully adopted a policy of openness and flexibility in entry qualifications, time taken for completion of a programme and place of study. The University established the DEC in 1991 as a statutory authority to ensure high- quality education through the ODL systems. The DEC developed the ethos of sharing professional capabilities and resources with its peers. However, in June 2013, University Grants Commission took over DEC, by establishing Distance Education Bureau which will govern the distance education programmes in India. The UGC has constituted a Committee to examine the pending proposals of programme-wise recognition to the institutions
Over the years, IGNOU has lived up to the country’s expectations to provide education to the marginalised sections of society. Free of cost education is being provided to all jail inmates across the country. A large number of SC/ST students have been admitted to various programmes of the University. One of the biggest contributions of IGNOU has been making available to long-distance learners courses which were hitherto exclusively limited to face-to- face classroom transactions. These include programmes in physical and natural sciences, nursing, health, engineering and technology, computers, library and information sciences and B.Ed. degree, among others. 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.
Application of technology has allowed IGNOU to increase its reach and make its presence felt across the country. With the launch of EduSat (a satellite dedicated only to education) on September 20, 2004, and the establishment of the Inter-University Consortium, the University has ushered in a new era of technology-enabled education in the country. Today, there are 134 active two- way video-conferencing centres. All the regional centres and high-enrolment study centres have been provided with network connectivity, which has made it possible to transact interactive digital content. Apart from this, IGNOU Online is a one-stop window, catering to the learning needs of IGNOU’s learner community. By accessing the links provided, all learning resources are available online. Education Broadcast is a webcasting facility, linking the learners to educational channels—Gyandharshan, Gyandarshan II, Gyanvani and EDUSAT. Virtual Class provides links to all the online programmes of the University. IGNOU’s Education Broadcast is a Webcasting facility providing real-time access to the Educational Channels of IGNOU-Gyandharshan, Gyandarshan II, Gyanvani and EDUSAT. The Virtual Classroom of IGNOU is an e-learning platform developed in house to deliver online programmes of the University, which provides online services right from registration to certification.
School of Agriculture (SOA)
School of Educadon (SOE)
School of Foreign Languages (SOFL)
School of Humanities (SOH)
School of Law (SOL)
School of Sciences (SOS)
School of Tourism and Hospitality Service Management (SOTHSM)
School of Translation Studies and Training (SOTST)
School of Social Sciences (SOSS)
School of Management Studies (SOMS) School of Inter-Disciplinary and
Trans-Disciplinary Studies (SOITS)
School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS)
School of Engineering & Technology (SOET) School of Computer and Information Sciences (SOCIS)
School of Continuing Education (SOCE) School of Extension and Development Studies (SOEDS)
School of Health Sciences (SOHS)
School of Journalism and New Media Studies (SOJNMS)
School of Performing and Visual Arts (SOPVA) School of Social Work (SOSW)
School of Vocational Education and Training (SOVET)
IGNOU Centres/Units running useful programmes:-
★ National Centre for Disability Studies (NCDS)
★ Centre for Corporate Education, Training and Consultancy (CCETC)
★ Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning (ACIIL)
★ Centre for Extension Education (CEE)
★ Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC)
An innovative Bachelor of Arts programme in Applied Sign Language has been launched in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire (UcLAN) of Britain. The programme is the first of its kind in the world. The University has made a significant mark in the areas of higher education, community education and continual professional development. The University has been networking with reputed public institutions and private enterprises for enhancing the educational opportunities being offered by it. As a world leader in distance education, it has been conferred awards of excellence by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada, several times. In January 2010, it was listed 12th in the web metric ranking of the Indian universities, based on the caliber of its presence on the Internet.
In a move to uplift the Distance Learning, the Government provided a thrust through open and distance learning system. The Distance Education Bureau is an apex body for the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system in the country. It is responsible for promotion, coordination and maintenance of standards of the ODL system. Currently, there are one National Open University (IGNOU), thirteen State Open Universities (SOUs) and more than 140 Distance Education Institutes (DEIs) functioning under conventional universities and private/ autonomous institutions that come under its purview.
The open and distance learning system in India has emerged as an important mode for providing education to diverse sections of society. Besides, the changing dynamics of the ODL system in the last six decades have been encouraging. With the proliferation in the ICT, the boundaries of classroom or campus are becoming blurred. As it is said, the temporal and spatial boundaries have disappeared. The impressive number of ODL institutions in the country bear testimony to the fact. Single-mode open universities increased from four in number during the 8th Plan period to 14 in the 10th Plan period. The number of dual mode universities offering programmes through the distance mode (DEIs) has risen to more than 200. This is due to the fact that the growth in the infrastructure for face-to-face instruction is unable to match the educational demands of the ever-increasing number of aspiring students. In the last six decades, the ODL system has registered a phenomenal growth in the context of expansion and diversification of higher education. From a single institution in 1962 (Delhi University), the number of ODL institutions has reached approximately 250 including Central, State, Deemed to be and Private Universities along with many stand-alone institutions. For a nation, which has about 1.59 crore students at 10+2 stage, the regular college seats are woefully inadequate. It is this divide that IGNOU has been persistendy trying to bridge. It has emerged as a World leader in a short span of time. Using the latest information and communication technologies, IGNOU offers socially and academically relevant programmes based on student need analysis.