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The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of
Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge
society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross
Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and
Distance Learning (ODL) mode.
The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e.,
Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with a strength of
Today, it serves the educational aspirations of over 2.7 million students in India
and other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional
centres, around 2,667 learner support centres. The University offers about 228
certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes, with a strength of
nearly 283 faculty members and 256 academic staff at the headquarters and
regional centres and about 33,212 academic counsellors from conventional
institutions of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among
The mandate of the University is to:
The University uses a variety of media and latest technology in imparting
education. This is reflected in the formulated vision of IGNOU, keeping its
objectives in focus, which reads:
"The Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Resource Centre for
Open and Distance Learning, with international recognition and presence, shall
provide seamless access to sustainable and learner-centric quality education,
skill upgradation and training to all by using innovative technologies and
methodologies and ensuring convergence of existing systems for large-scale
human resource development, required for promoting integrated national
development and global understanding."
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 with awards of excellence
by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada, several times.
The University is committed to quality in teaching, research, training and
extension activities, and acts as a national resource centre for expertise and
infrastructure in the ODL system. The University has established the Centre for
Extension Education, National Centre for Disability Studies and National Centre
for Innovation in Distance Education, to focus on specific learner groups and
enrich the distance learning system.
With the launch of EduSat (a satellite dedicated only to education) on 20th
September, 2004, and the establishment of the Inter-University Consortium,
the University has ushered in a new era of technology-enabled education in
the country. Emphasis is now being laid down on developing interactive
multimedia and online learning, and adding value to the traditional distance
education delivery mode with modern technology –enabled education within
the framework of blended learning.
Over the years, IGNOU has lived up to the country’s expectations of providing
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.