Ignou has two admission cycles – January and July. For the July 2013 intake, the university is offering courses including BA, BSc, BCom, BSW, BBA (RS), BCA, bachelor of tourism studies and bachelor preparatory programme (a six-month course for those aged 18 and above who have not passed Class 12 - see box). Students can opt for different majors in the degree programmes.
At present, the university is planning to start some bachelors’ courses in areas including rural development, vocational studies and art education, among others, says M Aslam, vice chancellor, Ignou. The university is not offering admission to any regular course now. “We do not now offer any campus-based, full-time course now. The earlier (full-time) courses are being taken to their logical end,” says Aslam.
Being a national open university, Ignou has numerous options open to aspirants across the country and even abroad. It has 30.16 lakh enrolees. In 2012-13, it admitted 6,96,753 students, both fresh and re-registrations.
Of its 16.64 lakh bachelors’ students, 2.56 lakh are from Delhi/NCR. It boasts “significant” presence in 43 countries where around 54,000 students are reading Ignou courses.
Countrywide, the university has 3413 study centres – called Learner Support Centres – 224 of which are in Delhi/NCR. It has 700 to 900 exam centres every year, their number varying with the number of candidates.
For details, visit the university website, www.ignou.ac.in or the nearest Ignou Regional Centre/City Centre.
The prospectus is available at the university website.
Else, it can be bought at regional centres for Rs. 200 or mail a DD of Rs. 250 drawn in favour of IGNOU, New Delhi, to the Registrar (Student Registration Division), Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-68.
Courses on offer
Degrees: BSc (hons) in optometry and ophthalmic techniques, BSc (with majors in physics, chemistry and life sciences), BA in various majors such as economics, political science, history, social work etc, BA (tourism studies), BCom, BCA, bachelor of social work, BBA in retailing, BLISBachelor preparatory programme (BPP): a six-month course for those aged 18 and above who have not passed Class 12
Diplomas and PG diplomas: PG diploma in library automation and networking, participatory management of displacement, resettlement and rehabilitation, adult education, analytical chemistry, audio programme production, book publishing, corporate governance, counselling and family therapy, criminal justice, disaster management, educational management and administration, educational technology, environment and sustainable development, extension and development studies, folklore and culture studies, food safety and quality management, Gandhi and peace studies, higher education, HIV medicine, information security, intellectual property rights, international business operation, journalism and mass communication, maternal and child health, pharmaceutical sales management, plantation management, pre-primary education, rural development, school leadership and management, social work among tribal, translation, women and gender studies, diploma in aquaculture, BPO finance and accounting, creative writing in English, dairy technology, early childhood care and education,PG diplomas and diplomas : Fish products technology, HIV and family education, meat technology, nutrition and health education, panchayat level administration and development, paralegal practice, production of value-added products from cereals, pulses and oilseeds, tourism studies, Urdu, value-added products from fruits and vegetables, watershed management, women empowerment and development, youth in development work
Masters programmes: These include MA (philosophy), MA (Gandhi and peace studies), MA (extension and development studies), MA (education), MA (anthropology), MA (gender and development studies), master of social work, MA (distance education), MA (economics), MA (English), MA (Hindi), MA (history), MA (political science), MA (psychology), MA (public administration), MA (rural development), MA (sociology), MA (tourism management), MA (adult education), MA (women’s and gender studies), MCom, MCA, master of library and information science, MSc (dietetics and food services management), MSc (counselling and family therapy)
PG certificate and certificates: Advanced certificate in power distribution management, information security. PG certificate in extension and development studies, adult education, cyber law, patent practice, Bangala-Hindi translation, Malayalam-Hindi translation, agriculture policy, Gandhi and peace studies. Post-doctoral certificate in dialysis medicine certificate in indigenous art practices, visual arts - painting, applied arts, performing arts -Hindustani music, Karnatak Music bharatnatyam, theatre arts, Arabic language, disaster management, environmental studies, NGO management, business skills, teaching English, functional English (basic level), Urdu language, HIV and family education, social work and criminal justice work, health care and waste management, newborn and infant nursing, home-based health care, community radio, tourism studies, food and nutrition, nutrition and child care, rural development, sericulture, organic farming, water harvesting and management, poultry farming, beekeeping, human rights, consumer protection, co-operation, cooperative law and business law, anti-human trafficking, international humanitarian law, information technology, guidance, communication skills for BPO, ITeS and related sectors, life long learning, entrepreneurship, energy technology and management, laboratory techniques, ayush nursing (Ayurveda), adolescent health counselling, value education, communication and IT skills, teaching of primary school maths, maternal and child health nursing. Appreciation course on environment
Online programmes: PG diploma in paediatric nutrition, food science technology, sustainability science, PG certificate in cyber law, paediatric nutrition, climate change and sustainable development, certificate in food safety, appreciation programme on sustainability science, sustainable management of wetlands, sustainable management of Ganga, a scientific approach, sustainable management of biodiversity, leadership programme on “nutrition security and sustainable development, Himalayan ecosystem
For more details, visit the university website, www.ignou.ac.in