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IGNOU enrolment to cross 2 mn by January

education Updated: Dec 30, 2008 10:23 IST

Enrolment at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is estimated to cross two million by January 2009, the university said Sunday.

The current percentage of enrolment amounts over 15 per cent of the entire higher education enrolment in the country.

“With the 11th Plan (2007-2012) in progress, we are working on the ambitious target to ensure education access rate to 15 per cent in the entire country from the current 10 per cent,” IGNOU vice chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai said in his message to university employees.

IGNOU at present has 62 regional centres and 2,053 study centres.

Further on IGNOU's agenda are community colleges through virtual campus, which will be an extension of university's community radio movement.

“IGNOU will soon start 400 new community colleges to add to the existing 200, which are fast catching up with the information communication technology (ICT) movement,” IGNOU spokesperson Ravi Mohan said in a press release.

“IGNOU has taken ICT and satellite capability to effectively disseminate the open and distance learning. The latest in ICTs is the exploitation of the outreach of mobile phones through broadband,” Mohan added.