The Indira Gandhi National Open University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985. Today it serves the educational aspirations of about 1.5 million students in India and 35 countries abroad through 11 Schools of Studies and an elaborate network of 58 regional centres , 7 sub- regional centres , 1400 study centres, and 41 overseas centres. The University is making all efforts to take higher education to the doorsteps of the hitherto unreached. As of now, we cater to about 10% of all students enrolled in higher education in the country are enrolled with IGNOU. Apart from teaching and research, extension and training form the mainstay of its academic activities. It also acts as a national resource centre; and more importantly, functions as an apex body to promote and maintain standards of distance education. The University has its presence in 35 countries. The Commonwealth of Learning has recognised it as one of its centres of excellence. It also has the unique privilege of hosting the Secretariats of SAARC Consortium of Open Distance Learning (SACODiL) approved by Heads of Govts. of SAARC Nations and Global Mega Universities Network (GMUNET) initially promoted by UNESCO.

IGNOU has certain unique features such as:

  • International jurisdiction
  • Flexible admission rules
  • Individualized study: flexibility in terms of place, pace and duration of study
  • Use of latest information and communication technologies
  • Nationwide student support services network
  • Cost-effective programs
  • Modular approach to programs
  • Resource sharing, collaboration and networking with conventional universities, open universities and other institutions/organizations
  • The University, at present, offers 338 programs of study through over 3,500 courses to a cumulative student strength of over 30 lakh students
  • Socially and academically relevant programs based on students need analysis
  • Advanced Computer Lab, Well-Stocked Library, Audio-Visual Teaching Aids etc.Convergence of open and conventional education systems


  • The Indira Gandhi National Open University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 to achieve the following objectives:
  • Democratizing higher education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners
  • Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region, religion and gender
  • 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.


B.A Bachelor of Arts
B.Co. Bachelor of Commerce

Medium of instruction can be either English or Hindi. A learner can complete the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in a minimum period of three years and a maximum period of six years.The university follows the credit system. One credit is equal to 30 hours of learners study time. To earn Bachelor’s Degree in ny of the disciplines mentioned above a learner has to earn 96 credits in three years period. i.e. 32 credits per year. For earning 96 credits, a student has to opt for from three categories of courses (i) Foundation Course (2) Elective Courses and (3) Application-Oriented Courses.