IGNOU – The Indira Gandhi National Open University named after the ex-Prime Minister of India- Late. Smt. Indira Gandhi is the world’s largest university. It was established in the year 1985 under an act of Parliament with the aim of delivering quality higher education, in various disciplines, through distance learning to three categories of students:
It has contributed significantly to the development of higher education in the country through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.
IGNOU is also known as the ‘People’s University’ and follows a learner-centric approach and has successfully adopted a policy of openness and flexibility in entry qualifications, time taken for completion of a program, and place of study.
The University has been successful in making courses available to long distance learners which are earlier limited to classroom studies only like engineering and technology, B.Ed, health, nursing and library and information science.
The educational programs imparted by the IGNOU are considered at par with the education provided by any other recognized institute of the country. Approximately 1.5 million students in India are presently being enrolled in the various programs of IGNOU.
The number surges if one adds the foreign students who are enrolled in its program through International Cell. At present, 35 countries are the takers of its undergraduate, post graduate and certificate programs.
IGNOU- the apex body of education to promote and maintain standards of distance education in and around the country is recognized as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), which offers Executive Management program in India and utilizes IGNOU as a platform for the conduct of CEMAT Entrance Examination and management training.
Currently, IGNOU offers 338 programs of study through over 3,500 courses to cumulative student strength of over 30 lakh students. For latest updates on IGNOU courses, click here.
IGNOU has the following Eleven Divisions to take care of various activities.
The programs are offered by the University at the following levels: doctorate; masters and bachelors degree programs; post-graduate and under-graduate diplomas; and certificates. These include Education, Agriculture,Engineering and technology, performing and visual arts, journalism etc. Info on some top IGNOU programs can be accessed here.
IGNOU conducts its programs less than two sessions -the July session and the January session. Click Here for important details on admission dates.
IGNOU has various schools of studies like School of Management Studies, School of Humanities, School of Social Work, School of Education and School of Commerce. Click Here for the list of schools in IGNOU.
You can download your admission form, re-evaluation form, re-registration form, term-end examination form from this section. Click Here for the relevant forms.
The list of important study centers and regional centers are given in this page. Click Here for the list of study centers and regional centers in India and abroad.
IGNOU assignments are very crucial for students. One has to submit a fixed number of assignments before they become eligible for term end examinations. Click here for the latest IGNOU assignments.
Click Here for previous years’ question papers. Download the relevant question papers for preparation.
IGNOU (TELEPHONE EXCHANGE) 29571000 (Telephone Exchanage)
PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER (PIC) PH: 29533715, 29572508
New Delhi – 110068
Important Contact & Telephone Nos. are given below