Established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. With over 4 million students in India and 36 other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional centres, around 3,000 learner support centres and 67 overseas centres it serves the educational aspirations for the country. The University is committed to quality in teaching, research, training and extension activities, and acts as a national resource centre for expertise and infrastructure in the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system.
The demand for higher education in the country has grown enormously. The growth of enrollment in the conventional universities was 5 per cent in the 9th Five Year Plan. Moreover, the higher education system caters only to about 9 million learners, who constitute about 7.5 per cent of the eligible group (between 17-23 years). The share of the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system in this is about 20 per cent.
Today, the University offers academic programs in a variety of disciplines viz. Commerce, Management, Economics, History, Agriculture, Computer and Information Technology, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Engineering, Education, Vocational Education, Extension, Journalism and Mass Communication, Gender and Development Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies etc. in the form of Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Research Degree Programs under Credit programs. Besides, IGNOU also offers Non-Credit programs in a variety of disciplines which are of short duration which would provide skills based training independently or in collaboration with other educational / professional / technical institutions and industries.
IGNOU partnered with NIIT Imperia - Centre For Advanced Learning in the year 2010, to provide Quality Management Education for the working professionals by offering Executive MBA program. The Executive MBA program is comprised of a unique combination of lectures, case studies, projects, live case discussions and interactions with industry leaders - all of which work together to provide the professionals with world-class business skills and real-world experience preparing you for an exciting future.