IGNOU’s web presence increases (15th rank in India)

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), has been ranked 15th in India in terms of its visibility on the Internet and scholarly papers on the World Wide Web, announced IGNOU VC V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai.

Globally, the ranking for the premier distance education institution has jumped 477 places over the past year, says Cybermetric Lab, the largest public research institution in Spain that conducts the ranking among 15,000 universities

The ranking is based on the number of pages recovered from four search engines — Google, Yahoo, Live Search and Exalead — the number of unique external links received, and the number of papers and citations for each academic domain.

“As a university in the open and distance learning space, it is important for an institution like IGNOU to harness technology and use the latest communication tools to reach out to students,” said IGNOU Vice Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai. “At IGNOU, our web presence is very important to us,” Prof. Pillai added.

IGNOU offers state-of-the-art education not only through face-to-face classes, but also via webcasts, telecasts and video conferencing.

The objective of the ranking is to promote Web publication, with the primary purpose of supporting open access initiatives of these institutions as also to encourage electronic availability of scientific and other academic material, the web performance of in institution is below expected positions according to their web policy, promoting substantial increases in the volume and quality of thir electronic publications.

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