Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, Rajghat, New Delhi - 110002, INDIA
E-mail : rcdelhi2@ignou.ac.in
   The Indira Gandhi National Open University (www.ignou.ac.in)
The Indira Gandhi National Open University was established by an act of Parliament in 1985 to achieve the following objectives:
  • Democratising higher education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners.
  • Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region or formal qualification
  • Offering need-based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the courses.
  • Promoting and developing distance education in India.
  • Setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country as an apex body for the purpose.
IGNOU has certain unique features such as :
  • National jurisdiction
  • Flexible admission rules
  • Individualized study: flexibility in terms of place, pace and duration of study
  • Use of latest information and communication technologies
  • Nationwide student support services network
  • Cost-effective programmes
  • Modular programmes
  • Resource sharing, collaboration and networking with conventional universities and other institutions/organizations
  • Socially and academically relevant programmes based on students’ needs analysis
  • Emergence of IGNOU as the largest Open University in the World.
  • Establishment of Distance Education Council (DEC) for coordination and Determination of standards of Distance Education System in the country (1992).
  • Recognition as Centre of Excellence in Distance Education by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada (1993).
  • Establishment of Staff Training and Research Institute in Distance Education (STRIDE) with support from the Commonwealth of Learning.
  • Awards of 100 Fellowship by COL as Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship to enable candidates from 19 countries in the Commonwealth to pursue IGNOU programmes.
  • Launching of an IGNOU-ISRO joint channel for organising a one-way video, two-way audio teleconferencing (1993-94).
  • Taking IGNOU programmes to West-Asian countries, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Seychelles among others.
  • Award of Excellence for Distance Education Materials by the Commonwealth of Learning (1999).
  • Launch of a series of 24 hour Educational Channels, 'Gyan Darshan l, ll, lll and Kisan Channel'. IGNOU is the nodal agency for these channels and regular transmissions are done from the studio at Educational Media Production Centre (EMPC), IGNOU.
  • Socially and academically relevant programmes based on students’ needs analysis
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