Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is the leading Indian Open University. This premier institute is also the largest distance learning center in India. Established in the year 1985, IGNOU is located in New Delhi. The University was named after the former Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The project was initiated with a budget of INR 2000 crores. 

According to surveys, IGNOU is the largest university in the world. Till date, this university has 3,500,000 students. The motto of the university is “The People’s University”. During the inception of this central university, the chief aim of the foundation was to generate education among the Indian masses. It is because of distance learning and the benefits of flexibilities, even the professionals are going for higher/further education.

There are various courses that IGNOU offers along with a wide range of disciplines. Starting from school education, IGNOU is associated with undergraduate courses, post graduation courses and diploma courses. Each year, thousands of students enroll in this premier university to pursue further education through distance learning. 

IGNOU presently serves about 1.5 million students with a large network of schools of study and regional study centers. It has its branches in about 35 countries. It has 11 schools of study, 58 regional centers, 7 sub regional centers, 1400 study centers and 41 overseas centers. Students of IGNOU comprises of about 10% of students pursuing higher studies. 

IGNOU Schools of Study 
IGNOU provides 125 study programs consisting of 1100 courses. A number of skill based programs are offered through the 11 schools of study. The schools are -

  • School of Computer & Information System
  • School of Continuing Education
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering & Technology
  • School of Health Science
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Management Studies
  • School of Science
  • School of Social Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Agriculture

Courses offered at IGNOU

PhD programs at IGNOU

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in History
  • Doctor of Tourism Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Library & Information Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
  • Integrated Doctoral Programme in Physics & Mathematics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

Master’s Degree Programs at IGNOU

  • Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science (Dietetics and Food Service Management)
  • Master of Science (Hospitality Administration)
  • Master of Arts (Hindi)
  • Masters of Arts (History)
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Arts (Political Science)
  • Masters of Arts (Public Administration)
  • Master of Arts (Sociology)
  • Master of Arts (Economics)
  • Master of Arts (Rural Development)
  • Master of Arts in Distance Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master in Computer Applications
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance)
  • Master in Tourism Management

Bachelor’s Degree Programs at IGNOU 

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Social Works
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Hospitality and Hotel Administration)
  • Bachelor of Science (Nautical Science)
  • Bachelor in Computer Applications
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science
  • Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme (BPP) for
  • Bachelor of Technology in Civil (Construction Management)
  • Bachelor of Tourism Studies
  • Bachelor of Technology in Civil (Water Resources Engineering)

Advanced Diploma Courses

  • Advanced Diploma in Information Technology
  • Advanced Diploma in Construction Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Tourism Studies
  • Advanced Diploma in Water Resource Engineer

Diploma Courses

  • Diploma in Creative writing in English
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Diploma in Creative writing in Hindi
  • Diploma in Youth in Development Work
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education
  • Diploma in Primary Education
  • Diploma in HIV and Family Education
  • Diploma in Tourism Studies

P.G. Diploma Courses

  • P.G. Diploma in Intellectual Property Right
  • P.G. Diploma in Environmental & Sustainable Development
  • P.G. Certificate Programme in Participatory Management of Displacement, Resettlement and Rehabilitation
  • P.G. Certificate in Rural Surgery
  • P.G. Certificate in Writing for Television
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Radio Writing
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education
  • P.G. Certificate in Copyediting and Proofreading
  • Post Graduate Diploma in International Business Operations
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Maternal & Child Health
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital & Health Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Translation
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Radio Production and Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Radio Prasaran

Certificate Courses

  • Certificate Programme in Disaster Management
  • Certificate in Participatory Sahabhagi Vikas Niyojan in Hindi (SAVINI)
  • Certificate in Youth in Development Work
  • Certificate in Consumer Protection
  • Certificate in HIV and Family Education
  • Certificate Programme in Environmental Studies
  • Certificate in Food and Nutrition
  • Certificate in Human Rights
  • Certificate in Computing
  • Certificate in Labour in Development
  • Certificate In Guidance
  • Certificate in Primary Teaching
  • Certificate in Nutrition and Child Care
  • Certificate Programme in Participatory Forest Management
  • Certificate in Laboratory Techniques
  • Certificate in Teaching of Primary School Mathematics
  • Certificate in the Teaching of English
  • Certificate in Empowering Women through Self Help Groups
  • Certificate in Craft & Design
  • Certificate Programme in Rural Development
  • Certificate in Women’s Empowerment and Development
  • Certificate in Tourism Studies

Other Courses

  • Commonwealth Youth Programme
  • Awareness course on Intellectual Property Right
  • Computer Literacy Programme

IGNOU Address
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068
Tel.: 91-11-29532321, 29535924-32, 29535062-65 (EPABX), Extn. 2504 & 2508
Fax: 91-11-29536588
E-mail :
Website :
Total Enrollment in 2005 : 1312000 Approx