The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), built up by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has constantly endeavored to manufacture a comprehensive learning society through comprehensive instruction. It has attempted to build the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering superb instructing through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.

The University started by offering two scholarly projects in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with a quality of 4,528 understudies.

Today, it serves the instructive desires of more than 3 million understudies in India and different nations through 21 Schools of Studies and a system of 67 provincial focuses, around 2,667 student bolster focuses and 29 abroad accomplice foundations. The University offers around 228 endorsement, certificate, qualification and doctoral projects, with a quality of almost 810 employees and 574 scholarly staff at the central station and provincial focuses and around 33,212 scholastic advocates from regular establishments of higher learning, proficient associations, and industry among others.

The order of the University is to:

Give access to advanced education to all sections of the general public;

Offer superb, imaginative and need-based projects at various dimensions, to each one of the individuals who require them;

Connect with the distraught by offering programs in all pieces of the nation at reasonable expenses; and

Advance, organize and manage the guidelines of instruction offered through open and separation learning in the nation.

To accomplish the twin targets of broadening access for all areas of society and giving constant expert improvement and preparing to all parts of the economy, the University utilizes an assortment of media and most recent innovation in granting instruction. This is reflected in the defined vision of IGNOU, keeping its targets in center, which peruses:

The Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Resource Center for Open and Distance Learning, with worldwide acknowledgment and nearness, will give consistent access to supportable and student driven quality instruction, ability upgradation and preparing to all by utilizing inventive advancements and approachs and guaranteeing union of existing frameworks for expansive scale human asset improvement, required for advancing incorporated national advancement and worldwide comprehension.

The University has made a noteworthy imprint in the regions of advanced education, network instruction and ceaseless expert improvement. The University has been organizing with presumed open foundations and private ventures for improving the instructive open doors being offered by it. As a world chief in separation training, it has been met with honors of perfection by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada, a few times.

The University is focused on quality in instructing, research, preparing and augmentation exercises, and goes about as a national asset place for skill and framework in the ODL framework. The University has set up the Center for Extension Education, National Center for Disability Studies and National Center for Innovation in Distance Education, to concentrate on explicit student gatherings and improve the separation learning framework.

With the dispatch of EduSat (a satellite devoted just to instruction) on twentieth September, 2004, and the foundation of the Inter-University Consortium, the University has introduced another time of innovation empowered training in the nation. All the provincial focuses and high enlistment examine focuses have been furnished with dynamic two-way video-conferencing system network, which has made it conceivable to execute intuitive advanced substance.

Accentuation is currently being laid on creating intuitive sight and sound and internet learning, and increasing the value of the conventional separation training conveyance mode with present day innovation empowered instruction inside the structure of mixed learning.

Throughout the years, IGNOU has satisfied the nation's desires for giving instruction to the underestimated segments of society. Free of cost instruction is being given to all prison detainees the nation over. A substantial number of SC/ST understudies have been admitted to different projects of the University.

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