IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)

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IGNOU was named after former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. It is a central university, established in 1985 in New Delhi. A total of four million active students are enrolled in this university. University provides open and distances learning courses. Open University means it provides equal opportunities and quality education and knowledge to students. Even to those who are living in remote areas. Students who are not able to attend college on regular basis or are medically unfit are benefited from this type of university. Here are all about the IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University).

Students who are unable to get admissions to any college have this option of study. With this open method, students doing jobs can get course educational degrees. And if a student takes admission in any course in Open University, relaxation in time duration is also provided. In a three-year course, you can complete a maximum of six-year because it is an Open University.

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The University is also known as people’s university as it follows self-study material, counseling sessions, and a face-to-face conferencing system. University has 67 Regional Centers, 21 schools, and 29 International Partner Institutions. It has more than 2000 learner support centers. University has 228 courses including certificate courses, degree, diploma, and doctoral courses.

IGNOU also has CPC (Campus Placement Cell), which conducts off-campus and on-campus placements. It conducts job fairs and placement drives for students too. Reputed companies like Axis Bank, Genpact, IBM, Wipro, HDFC Argo, Shoppers stop, Mahindra and Mahindra, etc. They hire graduates and talented candidates. IGNOU offers scholarships to students belonging to reserved categories. Some of the IGNOU certificate, degree, diploma, and doctoral courses are mentioned here:

Certificate courses:

Bachelors Degree:

Diploma Courses:

PG Diploma courses:

PG and Advance Diploma:

PG certificates:

  • Postgraduate certificate in the medical management of CBRNE disasters
  • Advance certificate in information security
  • Advanced certificate in power distribution management
  • Postgraduate certificate in climate change
  • Postgraduate certificate in cyber law
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Gandhi and peace studies

Masters Degree:

  • MA in Distance education
  • MA in Gender and development studies
  • MA in psychology
  • MA in translation studies
  • Doctor of philosophy in Geography
  • Doctor of philosophy computer science
  • Doctor of philosophy in food and nutrition
  • Doctor of philosophy in rural development
  • Doctor of philosophy in agriculture extension

M.Phil Courses:

  • M.Phil in distance education
  • M.Phil in economics
  • M.Phil in geography
  • Master of philosophy in commerce
  • Master of philosophy in journalism and mass communication

Admission Process

Students can take admissions in the IGNOU program, based on qualifying degree scores and merit. Applicants need a minimum of 50% in the qualifying examination. Admissions can be taken twice in the courses in January and in July. Registration starts in November to take admissions in January and for July admissions registration starts in May. An open MAT entrance test is also conducted for some of the courses like management courses. For admissions in bachelor programs, applicants need to clear the national-level entrance exam.

Benefits Of IGNOU Course

IGNOU is the largest institution of higher learning in the world. Because it is UGC approved its certificate and degree has validity everywhere. University provides online, distance mode, regular and part-time learning. IGNOU is not very costly and has cost-effective courses. Fees vary from 10,000 to 50,000 yearly depending on the course. Distance learning helps students to study with convenience and thus, time management is also easy. IGNOU has good study material, which will give you quality content. Weekend classes are also helpful for working students. It provides flexibility in taking exams because IGNOU conducts exams twice a year. If a student is unable to pass the exam, then they can give another attempt.

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