23 October, 2017

Bhopal
Regional Centre

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History

Indira Gandhi National Open University was established in 1985 to democratise higher education. The aim was to provide cost-effective, quality education to large sections of our population including those living in remote and farflung areas. A mere fifteen years since its inception IGNOU has carved a niche for itself among the primer educational institutions in the country. The University has been a pioneer in Distance Education and the recipient of the centre of Excellence in Distance Education award conferred by the Commonwealth of Learning in 1993. IGNOU has close to 600,000 students with extremely varied profiles, spread throughout the length and breadth of the country. The University is serviced by an efficient and effective networking of 26 Regional (5 of which are army command centres) and 504 Study Centres, all over India. As an Open University, IGNOU has come a long way since 1985, having crossed national boundaries providing higher education as well as assisting other developing countries in this regard. State of the art telecommunication systems have further helped in reaching out to the hitherto unreached sections of the society. Quality and equity have been the guiding principles behind all our endeavours. Taking a cue from the huge success of Indira Gandhi National Open University other states have also established their own Open Universities.