About Indira Gandhi National Open University

The Indira Gandhi National Open University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985. Today it serves the educational aspirations of about 1.8 million students in India and 32 countries abroad through 21 Schools of Studies and an elaborate network of 58 Regional centres, 1804 study centres, and 49 overseas centres. The University is making all efforts to take higher education to the doorsteps of the hitherto unreached. As of now, we cater to about 10% of all students enrolled in higher education in the country are enrolled with IGNOU. Apart from teaching and research, extension and training form the mainstay of its academic activities. It also acts as a national resource centre; and more importantly, functions as an apex body to promote and maintain standards of distance education. The University has its presence in 32 countries. The Commonwealth of Learning has recognised it as one of its centres of excellence. It also has the unique privilege of hosting the Secretariats of SAARC Consortium of Open Distance Learning (SACODiL) approved by Heads of Govts. of SAARC Nations and Global Mega Universities Network (GMUNET) initially promoted by UNESCO.The vision statement of the university reads as:

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 massive human resource required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding.

In order to fulfil the vision of democratising higher education and providing access to all segments of people, the University

  • imparts education and knowledge through various flexible means suited to the open and distance education mode, including information and communication technologies;
  • provides higher education and training to large sections of population, particularly the disadvantaged segments of the society;
  • promotes national integration and the integrated development of human personality;
  • encourages, co-ordinates and assists open universities and distance learning systems to improve standards in such systems.


The university offers a large number of need-based programmes and courses through multi-channels of learning with the learner at the focus. Some of the unique features of the system are:

Need-Based Academic Programmes

The University offers 138 academic programmes that are need-based, unconventional, and vocation-oriented with a focus on socio-economic development and serving the disadvantaged. The programmes are at the awareness, certificate, diploma, degree (Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral) levels and offered through multiple instructional package with the convergence of different methodologies and technologies.

Diversified Learner Groups

IGNOU caters to learners from rural and tribal areas, physically-challenged, jail inmates and rehabilitation houses, government and non-government sectors, parents and home-makers, the employers and the employed. The University has put special focus on women, socially and economically disadvantaged groups, the north-east region, other tribal and low literacy areas of the country.

Rigorous Course Development

The procedures adopted for development of various multiple-media learning packages are aimed at maintaining the quality of learning. The University follows a rigorous course design and development procedure, based on the principles of good practices in curriculum development and instructional design. IGNOU utilises the expertise available in-house and with international, national institutions and non-government organisations in the team-approach. Our remarkable success in collaborating with Open Universities in the SAARC region and international organisations like Commonwealth of Learning, World Bank, World Intellectual Property Organisation, World Health Office, various Ministries, reputed research institutes and NGO's has helped us to develop niche market oriented areas such as Post Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development, Intellectual Property Rights, Community Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Hospitality, Integrated Doctoral Programmes in Physics and Mathematics, HIV/AIDS, Disaster Management, Public Policy, Human Rights, Nautical Sciences, Power Distribution Management, Construction Workers, Rural Artisans, Motor Mechanics, Gandhi and Contemporary World etc.

Multi-Channel Learning

The University provides a multi-media learning system comprising print, audio, video, radio, television, teleconferencing, interactive radio counselling, Internet-based learning and face-to-face counselling.

On-line Learning

To meet the emerging needs of information era, the University offers some programmes on-line through tele-learning centres through its virtual campus initiatives.

Credit System and Modularity

The University follows the credit system whereby each course and programme has a specified number of credits. Each credit involves 30 hours of study time of the learners. The learners can accumulate credits as per their convenience. The University has also adopted the modular approach, which helps the learners in moving gradually, through small modules, towards higher levels of learning. The combination of modules leads to certificate, diploma and degree programmes in an area of study.

Flexible and Individualised Learning

In tune with the nature of the open learning system, the University offers a lot of flexibility and openness to the learners in terms of :

Eligibility and Admission procedures

Place of study

Pace and duration of study

Student Support Network

The university provides effective student support services through a network of

33 Regional Centres located in the capital city of almost every state.

25 recognised regional centres catering to Army, Air Force, Navy, CRPF and Assam Rifles personnel. These centres operate under single window system.

1804 Study Centres, work and programme centres, and partner institutions spread across the country. At the study centres, the learners are provided the services in respect of: subject-specific academic-counselling, audio and video viewing, library facilities, teleconferencing, information services related to rules, regulations, counselling and examination schedules of the university, assignment submission, evaluation and feedback, term-end examinations, computer access, lab and other practicals.

Nearly 48,000 academic peers from various disciplines of the conventional University system are involved in these operations. IGNOU has established a Campus Placement Cell located in Regional Services Division to help its learners seek employment. The student services centre at the headquarters reports to the Vice-Chancellor and at regional centres to respective Regional Directors.

Multilingual Instructional Packages

Most programmes and courses offered by IGNOU are available in English and Hindi. In addition, a number of courses are also being offered in a number of Indian Languages by the university.


Academic Programmes

Unlike the conventional system, distance education involves team teaching where a host of specialists are involved in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of multi-media self-learning materials. The University offers 138 academic programmes comprising 1300 courses at certificate, diploma and degree levels. In addition, a number of non-accredited extension and skill-oriented programmes are on offer through eleven Schools of Studies.

An important feature of IGNOU's course materials is their wide acceptability, authenticity and latest content.

Electronic Media

Reaching a large number of students and further enriching/explaining the study materials have been the major objectives of audio, video, radio, television, radio counselling, teleconferencing, and the like. The University has a state-of the-art electronic media production centre (EMPC). The following media resources are available in the University:

Regular two-way audio and one-way video teleconferencing: About 750 interactive nodes spread all over the country offer two-way interactive tele-counselling, tele-teaching, tele-training, tele-discussion and extended contact programme. The facility has gone digital and is now available through INSAT-3B.

With the availability of EduSat, which has its footprints all over the country, the University has established two-way video and two-way audio Edusatsupported networks; 134 Satellite Interactive Terminals enable our students to interact with faculty and experts in a virtual distributed classroom. The Rajiv Gandhi Project for Edusat supported Elementary Education, supported by MHRD and ISRO, is located at Jabalpur and caters to 850 primary school students in Madhya Pradesh, Utar Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. It is now possible for the University to take education to the remotest corner and address the last mile question.

Interactive radio counselling: To bridge the gap between the institution and the learners through instant response to their academic and administrative queries. Now, 186 radio stations across the country broadcast interactive phone-in counselling every Sunday (4.00-5.00 p.m.). The students participate from their home through toll-free telephone to interact with the experts at various AIR studios.

Gyan Darshan: IGNOU is nodal agency for coordinating a bouquet of educational TV channels under the banner of Gyan Darshan (GD). Of these, GD-1 is a 24-hour exclusive National Educational channel. The Gyan Darshan channel uses C Band transponder of INSAT 3C. In addition, IGNOU also coordinates the functioning of GD-2, GD-3, and GD-4. GD-2 channel is being used as interactive channel by the University for tele-counselling, tele-lecturing, tele-training and virtual convocation. Teachers/resource persons address 'live' from EMPC studio through video and audio satellite links to the student groups assembled at various centresacross the country. It is also used to interact with Regional Centre and Study Centre functionaries on various operational aspects. GD-3, called Ekalavya channel, is exclusively devoted to technology education for the benefit of students of IITs and other engineering colleges in India. GD-4, called Vyas channel, is to telecast high quality higher education programmes to bridge the knowledge and information gap between different areas and institutions in the country.

Gyan Vani is a 'Radio Cooperative' devoted exclusively to education and community development. Its main objective is to bridge the gap between educationally privileged and deprived. As of now, 21 FM radio stations are fully operational and three are under test run. Work is at an advance stage of commencement in 10 other cities. These interactive, participatory educational stations are aimed at greater empowerment of the people, particularly the disadvantaged.

Material Production and Delivery

Except a few on-line courses, for which the course materials are available on the Internet, materials for all other programmes are despatched through post; more than one million packets are despatched to students every year. The University also makes its materials available to all other institutions (SOUs and CCIs) and conventional students through private booksellers and its own marketing cell, located at Headquarters.

Student Evaluation

In IGNOU, continuous evaluation and feedback to students form an integral part of evaluation and certification. Student evaluation is in the form of evaluation of tutor-marked and computer-marked assignment-responses, projects, term-end examination scripts, etc. The weightage of continuous component varies in the range 20-30% and the term-end component carries 70-80% weightage. The University conducts term-end examination through a network of about 700 examination centres spread across the length and breadth of the country. In the nineteenth Convocation of the University held in 2008, 1,01,346 students were awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees.


The Indira Gandhi National Open University has the unique distinction of combining the conventional role of a university with that of the apex body in the promotion, coordination and maintenance of standards in distance education. The University established the Distance Education Council (DEC) to promote initiatives for the coordinated development of distance education in the country. DEC has put in place mechanisms for developmental and research funding, common pool of programmes and sharing, quality assurance at institutional and operational levels, credit transfer, institutional and programme evaluation and accreditation, collaboration and networking. Funding, materials and human expertise support is extended to the state open universities and university correspondence course institutes. In this sense, the University acts as a national resource centre.


The University has extended outreach of its academic and training programmes to overseas students in 35 countries. The University promotes its academic programmes through the international cell by establishing bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation and exchanges. Currently, programmes are offered, in combination with face-to-face counselling support, in African and Asian nations such as Abu Dhabi, Al Ayn, Doha, Dubai, Al Fujayrah, Kuwait, Sharjah, Sultanate of Oman (Muscat), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Kenya, Naimbia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Sonne, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Also, the University offers visiting fellowships to the academics and other categories of staff working in the open universities of Asia under the Inter-University Staff Exchange Scheme. The University hosts, supports and participates in national and international conferences to give impetus to research and encourage its academics. The University is participating in the Pan-African Project of Govt. of India as the main e-content provider for tele-education in 53 countries.


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1. Integrated Doctoral Programme in Mathematics

(in collaboration with Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad)

2. Integrated Doctoral Programme in Physics

(in collaboration with Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad)

3. Doctor of Philosophy (Commerce)

4. Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

5. Doctor of Philosophy (Economics)

6. Doctor of Philosophy (English)

7. Doctor of Philosophy (Hindi)

8. Doctor of Philosophy (History)

9. Doctor of Philosophy (Lib. & Inf. Sciences)

10. Doctor of Philosophy (Management)

11. Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics)

12. Doctor of Philosophy (Physics)

13. Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science)

14. Doctor of Philosophy (Public Administration)

15. Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)

16. Doctor of Philosophy (Tourism Studies)

17. Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work)

18. Doctor of Philosophy (Women's Studies)

19. Doctor of Philosophy (Rural Development)

20. Doctor of Philosophy (Child Development)

21. Doctor of Philosophy (Distance Education)


22. Master of Arts (Distance Education)

23. Master of Arts (Economics)

24. Master of Arts (English)

25. Master of Arts (Hindi)

26. Master of Arts (History)

27. Master of Arts (Political Science)

28. Master of Arts (Public Administration)

29. Master of Arts (Public Policy)

29. Master of Arts (Social Work)

30. Master of Arts (Rural Development)

31. Master of Arts (Sociology)

32. Master of Arts (Tourism Management)

33. Master of Arts (Education)

34. Master of Business Administration

35. Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance)

36. Master of� Commerce

37. Master of� Commerce(Finance and Taxation)

38. Master of Computer Applications

39. Master in Library and Information Science

40. Master of Science (Dietetics and Food Service Management)

41. Master of Science (Hospitality Administration)

42. Master of Science (Mathematics with Application in Computer)

42. Master of Commerce in Business Policy and Corporate Governance

42. Master of Commerce (Management Accounting & Financial Strategies)

42. Master of Education (M.Ed.)


43. Bachelor Preparatory Programme

44. Bachelor of Arts

45. Bachelor of Arts (Tourism Studies)

46. Bachelor of Commerce

47. Bachelor of Commerce (with Major in Accountancy and Finance)

48. Bachelor of Computer Applications

49. Bachelor of Education

50. Bachelor in Library and Information Science

51. Bachelor of Science

52. Bachelor of Science (Hospitality and Hotel Administration)

53. Bachelor of Science (Nautical Science)

54. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Optometry and Opthalmic Techniques

55. Bachelor of Social Work

56. B.Tech. Civil (Construction Management)

57. B.Tech. Civil (Water Resources Engineering)

58. B.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering)

59. Post-Basic Bachelor of Science (Nursing)


60. Advanced Diploma in Computer Integrated Manufacturing

61. Advanced Diploma in Construction Management

62. Advanced Diploma in Water Resource Engineering


63. Post Graduate Diploma in Audio Programme Production

64. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology

65. Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management

66. Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education

67. Post Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development

68. Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management

69. Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine

70. Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education

71. Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

72. Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital & Health Management

73. Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights

74. Post Graduate Diploma in International Business Operation

75. Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication

76. Post Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking

77. Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM(ISHE)]

78. Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management

79. Post Graduate Diploma in Maternal and Child Health

80. Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management

81. Post Graduate Diploma in Partcipatory Management of Displacement, Resettlement and Rehabilitation

82. Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development

83. Post Graduate Diploma in Radio Prasaran

84. Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership and Management

85. Post Graduate Diploma in Translation

    * Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance


86. Diploma in Creative Writing in English

87. Diploma in Computer Integrated Manufacturing

88. Diploma in Civil Engineering (Army only)

89. Diploma in Civil Engineering (for Corporate Sector)

90. Diploma in Dairy Technology

91. Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

92. Diploma in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (Army only)

93. Diploma in HIV and Family Education

94. Diploma in Management

95. Diploma in Meat Technology

96. Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education

97. Diploma in Nursing Administration

98. Diploma in Nautical Science

99. Diploma in Primary Education

100. Diploma in Tourism Studies

101. Diploma Programme in Value Added Products from Cereals, Pulses and oilseeds

102. Diploma Programme in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables

103. Diploma in Women's Empowerment and Development

104. Diploma in Youth in Development Work

     * Diploma in BPO Finance & Accounting


105. Post Graduate Certificate for Professional Development of Teachers

106. Advanced Certificates in Power Distribution Mangement


107. Certificate in Business Skills

108. Certificate in Consumer Protection

109. Certificate in Computing

110. Certificate in Competency Enhancement for ANM/FHW

111. Certificate in Craft and Design (Pottery)

112. Certificate in Disaster Management

113. Certificate in Elementary Teacher

114. Certificate in Environmental Studies

115. Certificate in Food & Nutrition

116. Certificate in Food Safety (Online)

117. Certificate in Guidance

118. Certificate in Health Care Waste Management

119. Certificate in HIV and Family Education

120. Certificate in Human Rights

121. Certificate in Laboratory Techniques

122. Certificate in Nutrition and Child Care

123. Certificate in Primary Education

124. Certificate in Primary Teaching

125. Certificate in Primary Curriculum and Instruction

126. Certificate in Rural Development

127. Certificate in Shoe Upper Cutting

128. Certificate in Shoe Upper Stitching

129. Certificate in Shoe Lasting and Finishing

130. Certificate in Teaching of English

131. Certificate in Teaching of Primary School Mathematics

132. Certificate in Tourism Studies

133. Certificate Programme in German Language

134. Certificate Programme in Newborn and Infant Care

135. Certificate Programme in Materenal and Child Health Care

136. Computer Literacy Programme

137. Appreciation Course on Environment

138. Certificate Programme in Motorcycle Service and Repair

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