Empc Ignou Assignment



The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.


The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with a strength of 4,528 students.


Today, it serves the educational aspirations of 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 overseascentres. The University offers about 490 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes, with a strength of nearly 420 faculty members and academic staff at the headquarters and regional centres and about 36,000 academiccounsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among others.


The mandate of the University is to:

Provide access to higher education to all segments of the society;

Offer high-quality, innovative and need-based programmes at different levels, to all those who require them;

Reach out to the disadvantaged by offering programmes in all parts of the country at affordable costs; and

Promote, coordinate and regulate the standards of education offered through open and distance learning in the country.

Important Numbers (IGNOU)

Pre-Admission Enquiry Regarding Various Programmes of IGNOU

Public Information Unit
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi
New Delhi-110068.
Email: rmohan@ignou.ac.in Phone No.:  011-29532321

Identity Card, Fee Receipt, Bonafide Certificate, Migration Certificate, Scholarship Forms

Concerned IGNOU Regional Centre

Non-receipt of Study Material and Assignments

Concerned IGNOU Regional Centre (or) Director,
Material Production & Distribution Division,
IGNOU,Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi - 110068.
Email: mpdd@ignou.ac.in

Schedule/Information regarding Exam-form, Entrance Test, date-sheet, IGNOU, Hall Ticket

Assistant Registrar (Exam-II),
Student Evaluation Division,
Block-12, Room No. 2,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068.
e-mail: sgoswami@ignou.ac.in Phone No.:  011-29536743,  29535924-32 / Extn. 2202, 2209

Result, Re-evaluation, Grade Card, Provisional Certificate, Early Declaration of Result, Transcripts

Deputy Registrar (Exam II),
Student Evaluation Division,
Block-12, Room No. 1,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068.
Email: kramesh@ignou.ac.in Phone No.:  011-29536103,  29535924-32 / Extn. 2201, 2211, 1525

Change of elective/medium/opting of left over electives/ deletion of excess credits

Concerned IGNOU Regional Centre

Non-reflection of Assignment Grades/Marks

Assistant Registrar (Assignment),
Student Evaluation Division,
Block-3, Room No. 12,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068.
email: assignments@ignou.ac.in Phone No.:  011-29532294,  29535924-32 / Extn.-1312, 1319, 1325

Original Degree / Diploma/Verification of Degree/Diploma

Deputy Registrar (Exam-I),
Student Evaluation Division,
Block-9, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068.
Email:opbangia@ignou.ac.in; convocation@ignou.ac.in Phone No.:  011-29535438, 29535924-32/Extn. 2224, 2213

Purchase of Audio / Video Tapes

Marketing Unit,
Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), 
IGNOU,Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi - 110068.
Email: marketingempc@ignou.ac.in

Academic Content (Only Agriculture Programmes)

School of Agriculture,
Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
Academic Complex,
Block – G, IGNOU,
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110068.
Phone No.:  011-29533167, 29533166 Email: soa@ignou.ac.in

Student Support Services and Student Grievances, pre-admission inquiry of various Programmes in IGNOU

Regional Director,
Student Service Centre,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068.
E-mail: ssc@ignou.ac.in Phone No.: 011-29533869, 29533870, 29533129 Fax: 011-29533129

Student Grievances Online

Assistant Registrar (Student Grievance),
Block-3, Room No. 13,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi. New Delhi-110 068.
Email: sregrievance@ignou.ac.in Phone No.:  011-29532294, 29535924-32/Extn. 1313

Information Regarding Counseling Sessions & Assignment Submission

Concerned study centres and Programme Study Centre

Approval of Project Synopsis

Project Coordinator in the Concerned School

Submission of Project Reports

Despatch Section,
Student Evaluation Division,
Block -12, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi. New Delhi-110 068.
Phone No.: 011-29535924-32/Extn. 2216

Purchase of study materials

Marketing Cell, Material Production and Distribution Division (MPDD), IGNOU, Maidan Garhi. New Delhi-110 068.
Phone No.:  011-29572010

IGNOU: Imparting education in India & abroad

IGNOU: Imparting education in India & abroad

Shreya Roy Chowdhury, TNN

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 and offers teaching through the Open and Distance Learning mode. For an institution its size—current enrolment is over 30 lakh—Ignou is progressing at a surprising clip.

We take you through how the country's famous open learning university is working to impart education via latest technology:

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Massive network of centres

Ignou launched over a dozen new programmes last year; its massive network of centres is widening at home and abroad. And it is probably the only university in the country to boast a "Satellite Earth Station" .

The university's decentralization policy, implemented over 2007-08, and advances in communication technology have helped it wean off the postal department though the India Post office on Ignou's Maidan Garhi campus still exists.

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Content delivered using fibre-optic links

Technology has enabled Arvind Dubey of the School of Tourism to lecture half a dozen students in Cameroon on tourism management from a studio in Ignou's Electronic Media Production Centre.

K Ravi Kanth, director, EMPC, says multimedia content at Ignou has matured from audio-video cassettes to content delivered using fibre-optic links, servers and satellites.

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Lectures delivered in studios

Lectures delivered at the Maidan Garhi studios are transmitted by one satellite (Edusat) to 182 learning centres in India, broadcast by another (Insat-3 C) on two TV channels and one radio channel.

Programmes are transmitted to Africa by optic-fibre, webcast from a server and also accessed through a digital repository. Questions can be asked and answered in real time.

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Studios being upgraded

A large production studio is being upgraded with high-definition television (HDTV) equipment by the NHK, Japan, under a Japanese grant-in-aid programme. The Japanese had helped set up the EMPC with the first lot of equipment.

The CDs, DVDs and material on eGyanKosh will be of HD quality soon. But Ignou will have to wait for the rest to catch up. Most Indian viewers still need full HD TV sets and more Indian channels are to start transmitting in HD before Ignou does.

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Ignou's Satellite Earth Station

It's from Ignou's Satellite Earth Station that all content for the channels Gyan Darshan-1 , Gyan Darshan-2 , UGC's Vyas and IIT's Eklavya is uplinked. GD-1 has recorded lectures and enrichment programmes ; GD-2 airs live lectures; Eklavya—meant for engineering students—generally features strings of numbers.

The 21 schools of Ignou submit their requirements and a month's schedule for recording is created. Often, lectures are by guests from other universities.

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Course material distribution

Part of the responsibility of admissions and course material distribution has been transferred to the regional centres and learning centres. Ashok Kumar, registrar, Material Production and Distribution Division (MPDD), says they now send books from Delhi to regional centres by truck.

Earlier, packets were mailed to students. Since the quantity that could be sent was limited, it sometimes took as long as six months to cover all of Andaman Islands that's the entire duration between two admission cycles (January and July).

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Printing material

Ignou courses are designed by the schools in consultation with experts. Once ready, MPDD reformats the "manuscript" into the standard A4-size Ignou format.

The proof is checked and the final copy is handed over for printing. Paper is bought by Ignou and handed to printers as per requirement.

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Material stored in warehouses

The printed material is then stored at one of two warehouses where it is gathered into 'sets' , stacked and bundled.

The student is either sent material from resource or learning centres, or can collect it.

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Learning centres to clarify doubts

"The learning centre is where the student meets Ignou," says vice-chancellor M Aslam.

Over 50,000 "counsellors", invited from other institutions, clarify doubts at the centres which are also equipped with technology allowing interaction with Delhi-based faculty-members.

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Examination and evaluation process

The examination and evaluation process at Ignou is a mammoth exercise. Over eight lakh students write exams annually. Answer scripts have to be moved from exam centres—there are 700-900—to seven evaluation centres.

Marks are collated with scores from assignments and practicals graded at regional centres—and sent to students. Assignments are uploaded online or included in the packet; they are submitted at learning centres. Online exams are only for a few courses. However, a store just outside the Maidan Garhi campus promises "solved Ignou assignments for Rs 20."

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Delhi campus

The university is now bent on "reaching the unreachable" as registrar, Student Registration Division, Pankaj Khare puts it. Over the last decade, it has added centres in 'difficult' areas such as Dantewada and Malkangiri.

There are nine in the northeastern states and a separate division for them. A "sub-regional centre" is planned for Jagdalpur ( Chhattisgarh). Ignou has already made considerable headway in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Next stop: the West.

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