About IGNOU Student Zone : Indira Gandhi National Open University or IGNOU is one of the most reputed and popular distance education universities. The hugely preferred distance education university is located in New Delhi in the year 1985 after the name of former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi. With more than 4 million students, IGNOU is certainly one of the largest universities in the world.
The university has been established to impart higher education opportunities to disadvantage segments of the society along with setting standards to the distance as well as open education in India. The key objective of the university foundation is to empower via education the human resources of India. Being a student centric university, it maintain best of the standards in the distance education in India. To make it accessible to more and more students, the University has initiated a decentralization process and set up five zones which includes North, South, East, West and North East. In India, headquarters and 40 other countries, approx. 3 million students have been enrolled in IGNOU.
Other countries where IGNOU imparts education are UAE, UK, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Ethiopia, Namibia, Kenya, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Fiji, France, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Liberia, West Indies, Samoa, Lesotho, Malawi, Switzerland, Nigeria, Mongolia, Zambia.
IGNOU has 21 schools and 67 regional centres, 2667 study centres, and 29 overseas centres, where approx. 20% are enrolled for higher education in India. With more than 226 academia programs which includes certifications, diploma and degree for varied courses.
To make things easier for students, there are eleven major divisions which takes care of varied activities such as Academia and Coordination Division, Administrative Division, Construction and Maintenance, Computer Division, International Division, Finance and Accounts Division, Library and Documentation Division, Material Production and Distribution, Planning and Development Division, Regional Services Division, Student Evaluation Division and Student Registration Division.