Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985 by an Act of Parliament, with a view to democratise education and reaching the unreached. IGNOU has now emerged as the largest University in the world. It has mandate to cover large segments of population across the length and breadth of the country particularly the disadvantaged groups of society engaged in various vocations and professions and unemployed youth. The primaryemphasis is on innovation, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of education. The University follows a learner-centric approach. It has successfully adopted a policy of openness and flexibility in terms of relaxed entry qualifications and provision for multiple entry and exit, pace, place of study, etc.
At present, IGNOU is offering over 300 Programmes and has about 2.2 million students on its roll. The University operates through a strong network of more than 60 Regional Centres. There are around 2500 IGNOU Study Centres across the country and 41 overseas Centres, which provide individualised support to the learners. Most of these Centres are equipped with the state-of-the-art tele-conferencing facility. The University produces high quality and rich content courseware for its learners for which the IGNOU was conferred an Award of Excellence by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada. It is a University with a difference.
Objectives of the University
The University has the following major objectives:
Promoting the educational well-being of the community;
Democratising higher education by providing easy access to all those who desire to improve their qualifications, skills and competence by taking education to the door-steps of people living even in remote areas;
Offering need-based innovative academic Programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the course curriculum;
Disseminating learning and knowledge through an innovative multiple media teaching-learning system.
In addition, IGNOU also has the responsibility to promote and develop distance education system in India.
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
The School of Engineering and Technology has the responsibility of initiating academic, continuing and extension education Programmes in the areas of engineering and technology. The School has developed several Programmes aimed at increasing job potential and economic advantage to the learners. To fulfil its mandate, the School regularly interacts with employing agencies, professional bodies and industry so as to reflect educational and training needs of the targeted learner group in the curriculum. The school practices participative and collaborative strategy by inviting different industries.
The instructional packages are designed and developed with the help of experts drawn from various institutions of acknowledged expertise: IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), reputed Universities and Engineering Colleges and Industry. The School has forged alliances with various industries and institutes across the country to design, develop, conduct and monitor tailor-made courses to meet the specific needs of respective employment sectors. The Programmes launched by the School range from a vocational qualification certificate to the degree Programmes and Ph.D in engineering and technology. These Programmes are jointly designed, developed, implemented and monitored by our partnering industrial organisations and institutes.
IGNOU-VIEP CENTRES FOR ENGINEERING STUDIES
The engineering Programmes are offered at various IGNOU-VIEP Centres for Engineering Studies across the country. Currently over 150 centres have been identified. More institutions may join this network before the beginning of Academic Session. Students are advised to visit www.ignouviep.org to check the updated list of institutions and other information regarding the institutions and Programmes offered by them.