Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985 by an Act of Parliament with the dual responsibilities of (i) enhancing access and equity to higher education through distance mode and (ii) promoting, coordinating and determining standards in open learning and distance education systems. Since then, the IGNOU has undergone rapid expansion and emerged as an international institution in the field of Open and Distance Learning. As per the provisions of the IGNOU Act, the University is to:
- Offer of degree, diploma and certificate programmes related to the needs of employment as necessary for building the economy of the country;
- Provide opportunities for higher education to a large cross-section of people, in particular the disadvantaged segments of society;
- Promote acquisition and up-gradation of knowledge and offer opportunities for training retraining in the contests of innovation and research;
- Encourage an innovative system of university level education, flexible and open with regard to methods and pace of learning, combination of courses, eligibility for enrolment, age of entry, conduct of examination and delivery of the programmes to encourage excellence; and
- Coordinate, promote, assess and accredit institutions and programmes offered by open and distance learning system as also to prevent through such measures as are considered appropriate, institutions from offering sub-standard courses and programmes.
IGNOU practices a flexible and open system of education in regard to methods and place of learning, combination of courses and eligibility for enrolment, age for entry and methods of evaluation etc. The University has adopted an integrated strategy for imparting instruction. This consists of providing print materials, audio-video, tapes, broadcast on radio and educational TV Channels, teleconferencing, video conferencing as also the face to face counselling, at its study centres located throughout the country. The University has adopted the method of continuous assessment and term-end examination for evaluation of the performance of its students enrolled in various subjects.
Correspondence Courses offered by IGNOU:
IGNOU is a leading distance open university in India and offers admission to a wide range of correspondence courses round the year. Some of them are as follows;
Master’s Degree Programme
Master of Distance Education, English, Hindi, Economics, History, Education, Political Science, Public Admin., Sociology, Social Work, Rural Development, Tourism Management, Computer applications, Library & Information Sc., Sri Aurobindo Studies, Public Policy, Business Admin., Commerce, MBA(Social Entrepreneurship), Aviation Business Management, Banking & Finance.
Master of Commerce in Finance & Taxation, Business Policy & Corporate Governance, Management Accounting & Financial Strategies.
Master of Science in Dietetics & Food Services Management, Counselling and Family Therapy, Hospitality Admin.
Master of Science in Mathematics with Application in Computer Sciences, Master of Education.
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Master of Philosophy in Sri Aurobindo Studies, Economics, Distance Education.
Bachelor’s Degree Programme
Bachelor of Tourism Studies, Computer Applications, Arts, Science, Commerce, Social Work, Library & Information Sc., Business Administration in Retailing, Architecture, International Hospitality Admn., B.Tech. Aerospace Engineering, Hospitality & Hotel Admn.
Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy & Finance, Corporate Affairs & Admn., Financial & Cost Accounting.
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Bachelor Preparatory Programme
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PB), B.Tech Civil in Construction Management, Water Resource Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (offered only in January Session)
Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Optometry & Ophthalmic Techniques (offered only in July Session)
Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education, Higher Education, Library Automation & Networking, Rural Development, Translation, Journalism & Mass Communication, Audio Programme Production, International Business Operation, Disaster Management, Intellectual Property Rights, Environment & Sustainable Development, Educational Technology, School Leadership Management, Participatory Management of Displacement, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Social Work, Book Publishing, Pharmaceutical Sales Management, Food Safety & Quality Management(online also), Disability Management for Medical Practitioners, Folklore & Cultural Studies, District Health Management, Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Studies in Indian Culture, Integral Education, Analytical Chemistry, Management(Industrial, Safety, Health & Environment), Teaching & Research in Management, Broadcasting & Web Journalism.
Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology, Maternal & Child Health, Adult Education (offered only in July Session)
Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital & Health Management, Geriatric Medicine, Plantation Management.(offered only in January Session)
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Advanced Diploma Programmes
Advanced Diploma in Construction Management, Water Resource Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (offered only in January Session)
Diploma in Civil Engineering(G), HIV & Family Education, Creative Writing in English, Youth in Development Work, Early Childhood Care & Education, Nutrition & Health Education, Tourism Studies, Women’s Empowerment & Development, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Aquaculture, Paralegal Practice, BPO Finance & Accounting, Management, Primary Education(offered only in North East States), Civil Engineering (Army only), Electrical & Mechanical Engineering(Army only), Security Management, Fire Safety, Corporate Governance, Sustainable Farm Management, Management(Industrial Safety, Health & Environment), Urdu.
Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits & Vegetables, Value Added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Meat Technology, Diary Technology, Nursing Administration, Fish Product Technology (offered only in January Session)
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