The Indira Gandhi National Open University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 to achieve the following objectives: G G
democratising higher education by taking education to the doorsteps of the students providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it, irrespective of age, region, or formal qualifications offering need-based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the courses promoting and developing distance education in India setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country — as an apex body for the purpose.
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Some of the special features of the Open and Distance Education System currently practised by IGNOU are: G G G G G G G G G G G G
Relaxed entry requirements Provision of equal opportunity of admission to people from all over the country Provision of learning at one’s own pace, place and time Cost-effective and cost-efficient educational operations Multi-media approach in the preparation of course packages Self-instructional Printed and Audio/Video course materials Network of student support services throughout the country Face-to-face Counselling and Tele-counselling Continuous evaluation through assignments Provision of terminal examination two times a year Interactive Satellite Aided Communication Network (Teleconferencing). Interactive Radio Counselling
1.1 The Schools of Studies
With a view to developing interdisciplinary studies, the University operates through Schools of Studies. Each School is headed by a Director who arranges to plan, supervise, develop and organise its academic programmes and courses in co-ordination with the School staff and the different academic, administrative and service wings of the University. The emphasis is on providing a wide choice of courses at different levels through various programmes. Currently IGNOU has following schools of studies: G G G G G G G G G G G
School of Agriculture School of Computer and Information Sciences School of Continuing Education School of Education School of Engineering & Technology School of Extension and Development Studies School of Foreign Languages School of Gender and Development Studies School of Health Sciences School of Humanities School of Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Studies
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School of Journalism and New Media Studies School of Law School of Management Studies School of Performing and Visual Arts School of Sciences School of Social Sciences School of Social Work School of Tourism Hospitality Service Sectoral Management School of Translation Studies and Training School of Vocational Education and Training
1.2 Academic Programmes
The University offers programmes leading to Certificate, Diploma or Degree, covering conventional as well as innovative programmes. Most of these programmes have been developed after an initial survey of the demand for such studies. They are launched with a view to fulfil the student’s needs for: G G G G G G
certification improvement of skills acquisition of professional qualifications continuing education and professional development at work place self-enrichment diversification of knowledge, etc.
The University follows multi-media approach in imparting instruction to its learners. It comprises of: G G G G
Self-instructional printed course material packages Assignments for assessment and feedback Supporting audio-video programmes Face-to-face interaction with academic counsellors at Study Centres or at work centres depending on programme requirement Practicals at designated institutions Project Work in some programmes Work-related field project/Functional assignments as per programme requirements Telecast of video programmes on the National Network of Doordarshan (DD-I) Broadcast of audio programmes by All India Radio (selected stations) Interactive Satellite Aided Communication Network (Teleconferencing) Interactive Radio...