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:
- Those who reside in remote areas and do not have access to the higher education.
- Those who cannot join regular courses due to financial and other constraints.
- Professionals aspiring for additional qualification.
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.