IGNOU at a Glance Programmes on Offer
Students Registered in 2008 (January and July 2008)
Students on Rolls
Schools of Studies
Learner Support Centres No. of Overseas Centres (in 33 Countries) Academic Counsellors (Approx.)
2250 52 36,828
Students who Appeared for Term-End Examination in 2008 (Approx.)
Students Awarded Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates till 2008
Students Awarded Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates at 20th Convocation in 2009
Total Volume of Course Material printed in 2008 Audio/Video Programmes produced till date (*Excluding programmes produced at Gyan Vani Stations) IGNOU Staff Strength (Sanctioned / In position) (a) Teachers and Academics (b) Administrative (including Group-D Staff) State Open Universities / Dual Mode Universities and Institutes recognised by Distance Education Council.
Indira Gandhi National Open University
Twentieth Convocation Saturday, 28th February, 2009
2,26,49,708 blocks 1502* / 3107 574 / 380 2103 / 1205
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Vice-Chancellor’s Report Chief Guest of the Convocation, Prof. R. Natarajan, Chief Guests of the Convocation at our Regional Centres across the country, distinguished guests and invitees in the Regional Centres, Pro-Vice-Chancellors Prof. Omprakash Mishra, Prof. Parvin Sinclair, Dr. Devendra Kumar Choudhry, Dr. Latha Pillai and Prof. K.R. Srivathsan, Members of the Board of Management, Academic Council and the Planning Board, Registrars, Directors of Schools, Heads of Divisions, recipients of the degrees, diplomas and certificates of the University in this convocation, members of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the University, invited guests, representatives from the print and electronic media, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my proud privilege to welcome you all to the 20th Convocation of the Indira Gandhi National Open University, at which over 1,37,000 learners will be receiving their degrees, diplomas and certificates. I thank Prof. Natarajan, former Chairperson of AICTE and former Director of IIT, Madras, for accepting the University’s invitation to be the Chief Guest, and for delivering the Convocation Address. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me present before you an overview of the activities and the progress of Indira Gandhi National Open University during 2008. Let me begin with a summary of some of the major initiatives taken during this period. i)
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Convergence Scheme: This scheme was operationalised in March, 2008. Its objective is to achieve the projected targets of the 11th Plan for access to higher education, by making optimal use of the strengths of the conventional and ODL systems. It offers partnership in four forms to conventional institutions with a potential for excellence, under which learners of those institutions can simultaneously enrol for any IGNOU programme that they are eligible for. The huge response to this scheme (about 10,000 learners in 359 institutions till December 2008) shows the great niche it has tried to fill. In Figure 8, we have given a chart to show the statewise representation of the partner institutes under this scheme.
ii) Research and Teaching Assistantship: With the twin objectives of furthering systemic and discipline based research as well as developing potential teachers of ODL, this scheme provides a substantial stipend to carefully selected bright young people who have a strong bent towards research. During 2008, 126 RTAs joined IGNOU, and are undertaking research and teaching at different locations across the country.
programmes of the University can do it the year round by simply walking in to the nearest Regional Centre and filling up the form, or doing so through the IGNOU website and using the online payment facilities.
iii) New Centres: IGNOU launched the following centres, with the aim of developing the capacity of professionals and other workers in different sectors, be it the corporate sector, or teaching, or those requiring vocational training. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)
Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning Centre for Corporate Education, Training & Consultancy IGNOU Institute for Vocational Education and Training North East Centre for Research and Development IGNOU Institute for Professional Competency Advancement of Teachers through ODL 6) IGNOU Centre for ODL in Research and Training in Agriculture. iv) Enhanced technological access: The Gyan Darshan channels and Gyan Vani, Delhi, were made available on several DTH platforms, and are being webcast, using part of the 48mbps internet bandwidth that the University has acquired. IGNOU ONLINE, the gateway to the IGNOU online programmes, was also launched with a few programmes, like MLIS and the PG Certificate in Cyber Law, to start with.
The University initiatives of walk-in/ online admissions, along with the Convergence Scheme and new academic offerings, have shown encouraging trends. In the last year (July, 08 and Jan., 09), we have enrolled around 5,55,000 students. The cumulative student strength has crossed 2 million. Thus, about 15% of the total higher education enrolment is with IGNOU. This is a matter of great pride and great responsibility. We need to continue to strive for excellence in providing student support services, which we are committed to refine along with our expansion plans. This expansion also requires faculty growth in the support divisions too. For instance, more than 7000 titles were added in the central and regional centre libraries, and 7 new e-resources were added (including a database with 185 e-books with access to all faculty and regional centres). Academic Programmes Developed
The ‘ODLSoft’ – ERP of IGNOU’s back office processes is being undertaken. This will facilitate the availability of an integrated database to all concerned.
Over the last 23 years, the University has developed a large number of programmes ranging from the purely academic to the predominantly vocational, from the high-level postgraduate degrees to the lower-end competence certificates, and from complex professional development programmes to the more general awareness-building modules. These programmes cater to the needs of a wide spectrum of society ranging from the professionally qualified to the semi-literate, from business managers to industrial workers, from the unemployed to the self-employed, male and female, rural and urban. In the period of report, the University launched about 40 new programmes of diverse levels and kinds. Many more programmes are under development by the 21 Schools of Studies, some with the collaboration of other institutions. The complete list of 175 programmes on offer is available in Table 1, appended to this report.
v) City Centre: IGNOU has launched an extended arm of its Student Services Centre in the form of a City Centre in the heart of New Delhi. This would allow easier access to several learners/ prospective learners for obtaining information about various aspects of IGNOU. A career counselling unit will also start functioning from there soon.
The University, in the last year, has also embarked on a policy of reaching out to learners who wish to study diverse Indian and foreign languages, like Maithili, Urdu, Japanese and German. A large number of diverse programmes are being designed and developed by the newly established Schools of Studies, some of them being:
vi) Walk-in Admissions and Online Admissions: These schemes have been launched as initiatives to make admission procedures easier for potential learners. Under them, anybody interested in enrolling in most