to set up 200 community colleges:
The Indira Gandhi
National Open University (IGNOU) will open 200 community colleges in
the country, Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai has said ...
The Indira Gandhi National Open
University (IGNOU) is the world’s largest, with its student base
extending to three million, Unesco has said.
“IGNOU is the largest University in the world. Almost three million
students in India and 33 other countries study at IGNOU, which is
also India’s National Resource Center for Open and Distance Learning
and a world leader in distance education,” Unesco said in a posting
on its website.
“Enrollments of nearly
three million students and networks across the country making the
best use of Information Communication Technology (ICT)– IGNOU’s
accomplishments are recognized worldwide,” Unesco director general
Irina Bokova said.
“With the launch of
EduSat (a satellite dedicated to education) in 2004, and the
establishment of the Inter-University Consortium, IGNOU has ushered
in a new era of technology-enabled education,” the website said.
Through its 21 schools
of study, 59 regional centres, 2,300 learner support centres and
some 52 overseas centres, the university offers certificate,
diploma, degree and doctoral programmes, comprising around 1,500
courses, it said.
It said that the
university provides access to sustainable and learner-centred
education and training to all through quality, innovative and
needs-based programmes at affordable costs, thus reaching out to the
disadvantaged and also promotes, coordinates and regulates the
standards of education offered through open and distance learning in
The website further
said that IGNOU’s staff consist of 380 faculty members and academic
staff in headquarters and regional centres while some 36,000
counsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning and
professionals from different spheres.