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.
The University has made a significant mark in the areas of higher education, community education and continual professional development. The University has been networking with reputed public institutions and private enterprises for enhancing the educational opportunities being offered by it. As a world leader in distance education, it has been conferred with awards of excellence by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada, several times.
Centre for Online Education (COE) was established on June 7, 2019 vide notificationIG/Admn(c)/Not./ 2019/237 by renamingInter University Consortium (IUC) with approval of the Board of Management in the meeting held on May 05, 2019.
Centre for Online Education (COE) shall endeavor to make IGNOU a global leader in digital learning with world class technology enabled learning experiences and support services. The vision is to align with the nation’s digital initiatives to provide for affordable access to quality education through virtual learning environment for anyone, anytime and anywhere.
The Centre will support in the process improvement and service enhancement through automation and digitization in line with digital initiatives of the nation to provide high quality education to all at their doorsteps.