IGNOU : Distance education

IGNOU – The People’s University

Looking At Career Options with Indira Gandhi National Open University

Introduction
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) came into being on 20th Sept, 1985 by an Act of Parliament (1985) to attain the subsequent objectives:
1. democratizing higher education by taking education to the doorsteps of the learners;
2. giving right to high quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region, religion and gender.
3. offering need-based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational Orientation ,
4. as an apex body, setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country.
5. promoting and developing distance education in India.

Special Features
1. International jurisdiction
2. Flexible admission rules
3. Induvidualised study: flexibility in terms of place, rate and period of study
4. Use of latest information and communication technologies
5. Nationwide student support service network
6. Cost-effective programmes
7. Modular approach to programmes
8. Resources sharing,collaboration and networking with Conventional Universities,Open Universities and other Institutions/Organisations
9. Socially and academically relevant programmes based on students need analysis
10. Convergence of open and conventional education systems
11. Relaxed entry regulations
12. Study according to your own pace and convenience
13. Flexibility in choosing the combination of courses from a wide range of disciplines
14. Study from your own chosen place
15. You may also pursue your study in any other university while being a learner of IGNOU.

Important Achievements
1. IGNOU is the First University in India to Launch Convergence as well as Community College Scheme.
2. Emergence of IGNOU as the largest Open University in the World.
3. Recognition as Centre of Excellence in Distance Education by the Commonwealth of Learning (1993).
4. Award of Excellence for Distance Education Materials by Commonwealth of Learning (1999).
5. Launch of a series of 24 hours Educational Channels Gyan Darshan. Indira Gandhi National Open University is the nodal organization for these channels and regular transmissions are done from the studio.
6. Student enrolment has doubled in four years from 1.25 million to over 2.50 million.
7. UNESCO declared IGNOU as the largest institution of higher learning in the world in 2010.
8. On spot delivery of study material to students.
9. Largest network of learning support system.
10. Declaration of Term-end result within 45 days.
11. Increase in academic programme from 338 to 490 within a year.

Schools of Studies
In order to develop inter-disciplinary studies, the university functions through Schools of Studies inspite of departments. Each school is headed by a Director who arranges to plan, supervise, develop and organise its academic programmes and courses in coordination with the school staff and the different educational, administrative and service wings of the university.

The Schools of Studies in operation presently are:
1. School of Computer & Information Sciences
2. School of Continuing Education
3. School of Education
4. School of Engineering & Technology
5. School of Health Sciences
6. School of Humanities
7. School of Management Studies
8. School of Sciences
9. School of Social Sciences
10. School of Law
11. School of Agriculture
12. School of Journalism and New Media Studies
13. School of Gender and Development Studies
14. School of Tourism Hospitality Service Sectoral Management
15. School of Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Studies
16. School of Social Work
17. School of Vocational Education and Training
18. School of Extension and Development Studies
19. School of Foreign Languages
20. School of Translation Studies and Training
21. School of Performing & Visual Arts5

Some of the additional Centre’s and Units which in coordination with organizational and service wings have evolved very valuable and educative courses/programmes, which are as follows.
1. National Centre for Disability Studies (NCDS)
2. Centre for Corporate Education, Training and Consultancy (CCETC)
3. Centre for Extension Education (CEE)
4. Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning (ACIIL)
5. Chair for Sustainable Development (CSD)
6. National Cenre for Innovations in Distane Education(NCIDE)
7. Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC)

The emphasis is on providing a wide choice of courses at different levels.

For more details visit us at IGNOU STUDY CENTRES
1. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) New Delhi
2. Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University Nasik
3. IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute Ghaziabad
4. Sikkim Manipal University Gangtok
5. University of Mumbai Mumbai
6. Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad
7. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University Hyderabad
8. Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning Pune
9. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University Ahmedabad
10. Annamalai University Annamalainagar
11. Netaji Subhas Open University Kolkata
12. Osmania University Hyderabad
13. Shivaji University Kolhapur
14. M.P. Bhoj (Open) University Bhopal
15. Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU) Rohtak
16. University of Delhi New Delhi
17. Acharya Nagarjuna University Guntur
18. SNDT- Women’s University Mumbai
19. Alagappa University Karaikudi
20. Andhra University Visakhapatnam
21. University of Madras Chennai
22. Himachal Pradesh University Shimla
23. U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University Allahabad
24. Tamil Nadu Open University Chennai
25. Karnataka State Open University Mysore
26. Madurai Kamaraj University Madurai
27. Vardhaman Mahaveer open university Kota
28. Uttarakhand Open University Haldwani
29. Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra
30. University of Calicut Kozhikode
31. Nalanda Open University Patna
32. Kakatiya University Warangal

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Academic Programmes
The university provides both short term and long term academic programs leading to Diplomas, certificates, and degrees, covering vocational as well as innovative programs. Most of these programs have been made after an initial survey of the demand for such studies.

They are launched to fulfill the students’ need for:
1. certification,
2. improvement of skills,
3. achievement of professional qualifications,
4. ongoing education and professional growth at work place,
5. self-enrichment,
6. diversification and updation of knowledge, and
7. Empowerment.

Courses Offered
IGNOU offers different courses. For more details regarding different courses visit us at IGNOU COURSES

Course Preparation
Learning materials are particularly arranged by teams of experts drawn from different institutions and universities all over the country as well as domestic staff. These materials are persued by content experts, supervised by the instructors/unit designers and edited by language experts before they are finally sent for printing. In the same way, audio and video cassettes are produced in consultation with course writers, in-house faculty. The stuff thus arranged is seened and analysed by the faculty as well as outside media experts and edited or modified, wherever necessary, before they are lastly discharged to the students, study centres and broadcast through Gyan Darshan.

Credit System
The university follows the Credit System for most of its programs. Every credit is of 30 hours of study comprising all learning actions. A four bonus course, for example, it involves 120 study hours. The course weightage is expressed in terms of bonus. This helps the learner to understand the academic effort one has to put in, so as to effectively complete a course. Completion of an academic programme (degree, diploma or certificate) requires Successful clearing of task, term examinations of each course in a programme and practical components.

For more details regarding fee structure visit us at IGNOU FEE STRUCTURE

Support Services
In order to provide individualized support to its learners, the association has a huge number of study centre’s all over the country. These are controlled by 30 Regional Centre’s. At the study centre’s, the learners interact with the Academic Counsellors and their peer groups, refer to books in the library, watch/listen to video/audio cassettes and interact with the Coordinator on administrative and educational issues. The support services are also permitted Through work, program centre’s and skill development centre’s.