FUNCTIONS OF IGNOU
IGNOU has two main functions:
(i) It offers various academic programmes that lead to Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees. It develops and produces courses for delivery through open learning and distance education mode. IGNOU is also actively involved in research, training and extension education activities.
(ii) In its capacity as an Apex Body, it co-ordinates and monitors distance education system throughout the country. IGNOU has also constituted the Distance Education Council and has provided expertise and assistance to other Open and Distance Learning Institutions in the country.
FEATURES OF IGNOU
IGNOU stands significantly apart from other universities because of:
- national jurisdiction
- flexible admission rules
- individualised study : flexibility, in terms of place, pace and duration of study
- use of latest educational and communication technologies
- student support services
- cost-effective programmes
- modular programmes
- resource sharing, collaboration and networking between other Open Universities