The Indira Gandhi National Open University is very popular with its short name ‘IGNOU’. It is a National Open University for distance learning in India and abroad.The university was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 (Act No. 50 of 1985).
IGNOU Master’s Degree / Bachelor’s Degree / Diploma / Certificate programmes are recognized by all the member institutions of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).The university has come into existence in the year 1985.
It is a public and Central university with its head office located at Maidan Ghari, Delhi, India.It offers Distance / Regular / Online programme for learners from India and abroad.It has been affiliated with various organizations like UGC, AICTE, COL, DEC, AIU.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University has provided the chance to a huge number of learners to grow and acquire higher education by sitting at home.This opportunity for learners helped them in their career promotion and get the Job.IGNOU has generated the huge number of candidates for employment.
The main aim of the university was to provide education to the learners at their homes.The University has also played a huge role in providing education at an international level through its overseas Partners, Institutions, and Centres. Also, this is the first university in the country who had made a great effort in about 58 jails across the country.The university provides free education to all the Jail inmates.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University is one of the biggest universities in the world with the number of learners in the university exceeding Twenty Seven Lakh. The university is very much dedicated to providing continuous education to distinct people of society irrespective of their place, gender, age, caste, creed, and religion.To fulfill the national mission of democratizing the education,the university has made every effort to bring education in every part of the country.
The university has made more easy for the learners to bring education to their doorsteps by providing self-instructional study material at their homes through the post.The course study materials are designed and developed by the team of experts having expertise in their fields. For al the above reasons,the university has been known as the ‘University of the masses’.
To cater the education need of learners and to provide support to them all over the country,the university has established a wide ‘student support services network’ consisting of 67 Regional Centres and over 3000 learner support centres.
In a view to fulfilling and enrich the Ignou study material with audio/video programmes,the university has developed the Electronic Media Production Centre. Also to make the students understand the study lessons more easily and to supplement the educational programmes,the study lessons are broadcast/telecast on Gyan Vani FM Channels and Gyan Darshan TV Channels.Also, few online programmes have been started by the university to reach the learners everywhere.