Addressing the 26th Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), President of India, Pranab Mukherjee declared that IGNOU in a span of 27 years has become a pioneer for open and distance learning in the country. It meets the education demands of 30 lakh students in India and 43 other countries through a network of 67 regional centres, around 3380 learner support centres and 80 overseas centres.
During the convocation 158387 students from all over India received degree/ diploma and certificates. As many as 11 students were awarded doctoral degrees including a gold medal for an international student and three students were awarded PhD outside HQs.
This is for the first time that all Gold Medalists belonging to regional centres other than those in Delhi received their laurels in their respective regional centers only.
Jitin Prasada, Minister of State for HRD and Guest of Honour at the convocation stated that it is a heartening sign that the technology-enabled education promoted by the IGNOU is most suitably positioned to respond to the new challenges and demands. The variety of educational programmes offered by the university and the new areas of knowledge and skill development, in which it has made advances recently, are quite in consonance with the requirements of and opportunities thrown open by the modern world.
Prof. M. Aslam, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU in his report stated that it is indeed a defining moment for our university as we stand at the threshold of new initiatives and the consolidation of past achievements.