The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.
The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with a strength of 4,528 students.
Today, it serves the educational aspirations of over 3 million students in India and other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional centres, around 2,667 learner support centres and 29 overseas partner institutions. The University offers about 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes, with a strength of nearly 810 faculty members and 574 academic staff at the headquarters and regional centres and about 33,212 academic counsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among others.
The mandate of the University is to:
The Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Resource Centre for Open and Distance Learning, with international recognition and presence, shall provide seamless access to sustainable and learner-centric quality education, skill upgradation and training to all by using innovative technologies and methodologies and ensuring convergence of existing systems for large-scale human resource development, required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding.
IGNOU offers numerous courses from Bachelor, Diploma, certificate, Postgraduate and Ph.D. level courses under 21 different schools. Few schools are mentioned below.
School of Agriculture
School of Performing and Visual Arts
School of Law
School of Social Sciences
School of Foreign Languages
School of Humanities
School of Journalism and New Media Studies
School of Management Studies
School of Gender and Development studies
School of Computer and Information Sciences
School of Engineering and Technology
Eligibility varies for the program one applies to. For all PG programs, candidates must have completed their UG. For more details on eligibility for a particualr course check the website.
The fee structure varies for different courses. You can find the fee for various courses here.
Deadline for Application:
Most of the courses operate in two batches over the year. One batch of applications start in December and the other batch of applications start in May-June.
The candidates can fill their applications online or can download the application, fill it and submit it in the nearest regional office of IGNOU. Here is the link to the website to apply.