Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi

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Why Study in Indira Gandhi National Open University

Indira Gandhi National Open University is a national university with its headquarters in New Delhi, Delhi, India. Named after former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, the university was established in 1985 when the Parliament of India passed the Indira Gandhi National Open University Act, 1985 (IGNOU Act 1985) The University has, in a relatively short time, contributed significantly to higher education, community education and continuing professional development

IGNOU, one of the largest universities in the world. It was founded to impart education by means of distance and open education, provide higher education opportunities particularly to the disadvantaged segments of society, to encourage, coordinate and set standards for distance and open education in India and strengthen the human resources of India through education. Apart from teaching and research, extension and training form the mainstay of its academic activities. It also acts as a national resource centre and serves to promote and maintain standards of distance education in India. IGNOU hosts the Secretariats of the SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL) and the Global Mega Universities Network (GMUNET) initially supported by UNESCO. The University is committed to quality in teaching, research, training and extension activities, and acts as a national resource centre for expertise and infrastructure in the ODL (open and distance learning) system.

At present, there are 22 Schools of Study. These schools are responsible for all the academic programmes and courses.

1. School of Humanities
2. School of Social Sciences
3. School of Sciences
4. School of Education
5. School of Continuing Education
6. School of Engineering & Technology
7. School of Management Studies
8. School of Health Sciences
9. School of Computer & Information Sciences
10. School of Agriculture
11. School of Law
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 and Visual Arts
22. School of Computer and designing

The Indira Gandhi National Open University has the following Eleven Divisions to take care of various activities.

  • Academic and Coordination Division
  • Administrative Division
  • Construction and Maintenance
  • Computer Division
  • Finance and Accounts Division
  • International Division
  • Library and Documentation Division
  • Material Production and Distribution
  • Planning and Development Division
  • Regional Services Division
  • Student Registration and Evaluation


  • Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning
  • Centre for Extension Education (CEE)
  • Centre for Corporate Education, Training & Consultancy
  • Distance Education Council
  • Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC)
  • Indira Gandhi Centre for Freedom Struggle Studies
  • Inter-university Consortium for Technology-enabled Flexible Education and Development (IUC-TEFED)
  • National Centre for Disability Studies
  • National Centre for Innovation in Distance Education
  • Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education

Instructional System
- The University provides multi-channel, multiple media teaching-learning packages for instruction and self-learning. The different components used for teaching/ learning include self-instructional print and audio-video materials, radio and television broadcasts, face-to-face teleconferencing, video conferencing, interactive radio counselling, interactive multimedia CD-ROM and Internet-based learning, and the use of mobile phones for instant messaging.

Evaluation System - At IGNOU, a three-tier system of evaluation is followed:

  • Self-evaluation, through devices built into the course material
  • Continuous evaluation, through any combination of theory-based assignments, practical assignments, log books and contact programmes
  • Term-end evaluation, through examinations, which are conducted at more than 600 centres all over the country and overseas twice a year, in June and December. In the case of programmes with a project component, the evaluation methodology also includes a viva-voce.

E-Gyan Kosh - IGNOU initiated the development of a knowledge repository in October 2005, to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources developed by the ODL institutions in the country. This is named e-Gyan Kosh ( Today e-Gyankosh has emerged as one of the world’s largest educational resource repositories. Over 95% of the self-instructional print material (26,000 volumes) of IGNOU has already been digitised and uploaded on the repository. Over 16,000 video programmes are being provided through a special channel of IGNOU in YouTube with the metadata link in the repository. The repository also has a wiki for collaborative content generation and a blog for discussion on various issues, share ideas and thoughts. Live educational programmes are available through the webcasting platform ( Broadcast), which at present provides access to broadcast channels Gyan Darshan-1, Gyan Darshan-2 simulcasted with Edusat, and Gyan Vani (Delhi).

Hostels - Separate Hostel for Girls and boys are provided with adequate toilet and wash facilities. There are facilities for drinking water, indoor games, recreation like T.V./ Video etc. in the hostel. The facility is also provided for receiving telephone calls in the Hostel.

Computer Division - This division, based at the headquarters, caters to IT requirements of the whole University. All the three tiers of the University, i.e., the Headquarters at the main campus in Maidan Garhi (New Delhi), the countrywide Regional Centres, and the learner support centres all over the country and abroad are provided services through this division, even in virtual mode through the IGNOU website. The campus LAN consists of about 35 LANs covering the various buildings of the campus. This network is also supported by Wi-Fi wireless connectivity at select places, which is maintained by the Computer Division.

The Public Information Unit - PIU acts as a bridge between the public and the IGNOU. A major activity of the unit is the dissemination of information about the activities. and programmes of the University. It reaches out to the prospective students of the University by providing information about the academic programmes run by the Schools of Study, the instructional systems and admission procedures. The PIU helps in image building of the University and also handles media queries.

Campus Placement Cell - The mission and endeavour of Campus Placement Cell have been to enhance and facilitate the process of gainful employment of its divergent and distributed learner population while pursuing various programmes. Job aspiring students approach CPC to seek advice and assistance for entry-level jobs as well mid-career level employment opportunities matching and commensurate with their personal and academic profiles.

Student Grievance Cell - The division has established the Grievance Cell to redress grievances received from the students. The cell received 8738 complaints from the students, during the period March to December 2008. Research Cell The Research Cell was established in January 2008, to study the student profile across the programmes and to analyse their performance in examinations. The Cell brings out these studies from time to time.

Student Services Centre - Student Services Centre (SSC) operating from the headquarters of IGNOU is the nodal centre in respect of providing learner support services to all IGNOU learners across the country. The Centre provides information and counselling on various programmes and courses of study to the prospective learners. It also redresses the students’ grievances such as non-receipt of letters confirming admission in the academic programme, non-receipt of study material, non-receipt of admit card for appearing in the term-end examination, non-declaration of results of the term-end examination, non-inclusion of marks / grades of the assignments and projects in the grade cards, change in the address, change in the study centre, change in the medium of instruction etc.

Library and Documentation Division - This division is responsible for developing and maintaining the library system of IGNOU, which comprises the Central Library at the headquarters and libraries at the Regional Centers (RCs) and learner support centres (LSCs). The Central Library caters to the needs of academics, administrative and support staff at the Headquarters. The RC Libraries take care of the library requirements of staff, academic counsellors, and academic coordinators. The SC Libraries are primarily meant for students.

Vigilance Cell - Indira Gandhi National Open University was one of the first educational institutions of higher learning to adopt the jurisdiction of the Central Vigilance Commission. The Vigilance Cell, established in 1998, is headed by the part-time Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO). The CVO advises the Vice-Chancellor on vigilance complaints concerning the University teachers, academics, officers and staff to ensure probity and integrity in public administration. This cell exercises vigilance on corruption and unethical practices.


  • IGNOU has achieved the distinction of becoming the largest University in the world with 1.8 million students on its rolls. With the increase in the number of students, the number of academic courses on offer also went up to 138. The IGNOU student services network now has over 1804 Study Centres coordinated by 58 Regional Centres.
  • Today, it serves the educational aspirations of nearly 2 million students in India and 33 other countries through the twenty-one Schools of Study and a network of 59 regional centres, more than 2300 Learner Support Centres and around 52 overseas centres. The University offers 175 (as of Jan. 2009) Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Doctoral programmes, comprising around 1500 courses, with a strength of 380 faculty members and academic staff at the Headquarters and Regional Centres and about 36,000 counsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professionals from various organisations, among others.
  • As a world leader in distance education, it was conferred the Centre of Excellence Award in Distance Education in 1993 and the Award of Excellence for Distance Education Materials in 1999 by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada.

IGNOU programmes:

Distance Learning Program (SOA - School Of Agriculture)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Dairy Science and Technology (PhDDR)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture Extension (PhD (AgE))

  • Post-Graduate Diploma In Plantation Management (PGDPM)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management (PGDFSQM)

  • PG and Advance Certificate

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Agriculture Policy (PGCAP)

  • Diploma in Value-added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds (DPVCPO)

  • Diploma in Dairy Technology (DDT)

  • Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (DVAPFV)

  • Diploma in Fish Products Technology (DFPT)

  • Diploma in Watershed Management (DWM)

  • Diploma in Meat Technology (DMT)

  • Certificate in Sericulture (CIS)

  • Certificate in Water Harvesting and Management (CWHM)

  • Certificate in Poultry Farming (CPF)

  • Certificate in Bee Keeping (CIB)

  • Certificate in Organic Farming (COF)

  • Awareness Program

  • Awareness Program on Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (APVPFV)

  • Awareness Program on Dairy Farming for Rural Farmers (APDF)

Online Programs

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Agriculture Policy (PGCAP)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management (PGDFSQM)

  • Appreciation Programmes

  • Appreciation Programme on Sustainability Science (APSS)

Distance Learning Programs (SOE - School of Education)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD in Education)

  • Master of Education (MEd )

  • Master of Arts(Education) (MA(Edu))

  • MA (Distance Education) (MADE)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Education Technology (PGDET)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in School Leadership and Management (PGDSLM)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (PGDDE)

  • PG and Advance Certificate

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Development of Teachers (PGCPDT)

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)

  • Diploma in Fire Safety (DFSTY)

  • Certificate in Elementary Teacher Education (CETE)

  • Certificate in Primary Education (CPE)

  • Certificate in Guidance (CIG)

  • Certificate in Primary Curriculum and Instruction (CPC)

  • Certificate in Primary Teaching (CPT)

Distance Learning Programs (SOFL- School of Foreign Language)

  • Ph D in Arabic (PhD (A))

  • Ph D in French (PhD(A))

  • Diploma in Teaching German Language (DGL)

  • Certificate in German Language (CGL)

  • Certificate Programme in Japanese Language (CJL)

  • Certificate in French Language (CFL)

  • Certificate in Arabic Language (CAL)

Regular Programs (SOFL- School of Foreign Language)

  • Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC)

  • Certificate In Persian Language (CPEL)

  • Non-Credit Programmes

  • Research and Teaching Assistant (RTA)

Distance Learning Programs (SOH - Schools of Humanities)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD in English)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Hindi (PhD in Hindi)

  • Master of Arts (English) (MEG)

  • Master of Arts (Hindi) (MHD)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hindi) (BA(HN))

  • Bachelor of Arts (English) (BA (Eng))

  • Bachelor of Arts (Urdu) (BA (Urdu))

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Book Publishing (PGDBP)

  • Diploma in Creative Writing in English (DCE)

  • Diploma in Urdu (DPU)

  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTE)

  • Certificate in Urdu Language (CUL)

  • Certificate Programme in Functional English (Basic level) (CFE)

Distance Learning Programs (SOL - School of Law)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD in Law)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights (PGDIPR)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (PGDENLW )

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice (PGDCJ )

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Cyber Law (PGCCL)

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Patent Practice (PGCPP)

  • Diploma in Paralegal Practice (DIPP)

  • Certificate in Consumer Protection (CCP)

  • Certificate in Human Rights (CHR)

  • Certificate in International Humanitarian Law (CIHL )

  • Certificate in Anti Human Trafficking (CAHT )

  • Certificate Programme on Co-operation, Co-operative Law and Business Laws (CCLBL )

  • Awareness Course on Intellectual Propert Rights (AIPR)

Distance Learning Programs (SOS - School of Science)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD in Mathematics)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD in Physics)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD in Chemistry)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences (PhD in Life Sciences)

  • MSc (Mathematics with Applications in Computer Science) (MACS)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development (PGDESD)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Analytical Chemistry (PGDAC)

  • Diploma in Aquaculture (DAQ)

  • Certificate Programme in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT)

  • Certificate Programme Teaching of Primary School Mathematics (CTPM)

  • Appreciation Course on Environment (ACE)

Regular Programs (SOS - School of Science)

  • MSc in Life Science ((Msc(LS)))

  • MSc in Chemistry (MSc)

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Distance Learning Programs ( School of Tourism Hospitality Service Sectoral Management)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Tourism Studies) (BTS)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Tourism Studies (PhD in Tourism Studies)

  • Master of Science (Hospitality Administration) (MHA)

  • Master of Arts (Tourism Management) (MTM)

  • Bachelor of Science (Hospitality and Hotel Administration) (BHM)

  • Diploma in Tourism Studies (DTS)

  • Certificate in House Keeping Operation (CHKO)

  • Certificate in Front Office Operation (CFOO)

  • Certificate in Tourism Studies (CTS)

  • Certificate in Food & Beverage Service Operation (CFBSO)

Distance Learning Programs ( SOCIS - School of Computer and Information Sciences)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer & Information Science (PhD in Computer & Information Science)

  • Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

  • Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)

  • Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT)

  • Certificate in Information Technology (CIT)

Distance Learning Programs ( SOET - School of Engineering & Technology)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD in Civil Engineering)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD in Mechanical Engineering)

  • Advanced Certificate in Power Distribution Management (ACPDM)

  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (DME)

  • Certificate in Craft and Design (Pottery) (CCDP)

  • Certificate in Shoe Upper Cutting (CSUC)

  • Certificate in Shoe Upper Stitching (CSUS)

  • Certificate in Leather Goods Making (CLGM)

  • Certificate of Competency in Power Distribution (CCPD)

  • Certificate in Shoe Lasting & Finishing (CSLF)

  • Certificate in Motor Cycle Service and Repair (CMSR)

Distance Learning Programs ( SOSS - School of Social Sciences)

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration (PhD in Public Admn)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD in History)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD in Political Sc)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD in Economics)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD in Sociology)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Library & Information Science (PhD in Library & Information Sc)

  • Master of Arts (Sociology) (MSO)

  • Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

  • MPhil in Economics (MPhil(Economics) )

  • Master of Arts (Public Administration) (MPA)

  • Master of Arts (Political Science) (MPS)

  • Master of Arts (History) (MAH)

  • Master of Arts (Economics) (MEC)

  • Master of Arts (Public Policy) (MPP)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Participatory Management of Displacement Resettlement and Rehabilitation (PGDMRR)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management (PGDDM)

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking (PGDLAN)

  • Diploma in Women's Empowerment & Development (DWED)

  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS)

  • Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP)

  • Certificate in Disaster Management (CDM)

  • Certificate in Environmental Studies (CES)

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