IGNOU is the largest varsity with presence in 35 nations
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has emerged as the largest mega university offering education in India and in 35 other countries around the world. Prof S C Garg, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Director, International Division of IGNOU, informed this in a release on Sunday.
IGNOU’s academic programmes are on offer in Gulf countries like UAE, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Doha, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in Indian Ocean rim countries like Mauritius, Maldives and Seychelles and SAARC members Nepal and Sri Lanka and South East Asian countries like Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar.
In Africa, IGNOU’s academic programmes are being offered in Kenya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar and two centres in Ghana under collaboration with IICBA-UNESCO.
In collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Scheme (COL-RGF) , the students are admitted to PGDDE and MADE programmes from Lesotho, Nigeria, Swaziland, Namibia, Jamaica, Seychelles and Samoa. IGNOU programmes are also being offered in Kyrgyzstan and Fiji.
IGNOU has recently signed MoUs for offering IGNOU’s programme with Universal Empire Institute of Technology, Dubai, Wisdom Institute of Technology, UAE, the University of Fiji, Distance Education Modernisation Project, Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka and Virtual University of Tunis, Tunisia, said Prof Garg.
As an outcome of the deliberation of GMUNET and ICDE, proposals have been received from the Open university (United Kingdom), University of South Africa, Open University Terbuka (Indonesia) and Zimbabwe Open University to develop joint programmes and enter into arrangements for faculty exchange to promote systematic research.
Under partnership arrangements to offer IGNOU programmes in the respective countries, negotiations are taking place with Payam-e-Noor University, Iran, University of Modern Sciences, Republic of Yemen and Afghanistan International University of Management Sciences.
IGNOU in Afghanistan
Students in Afghanistan can now pursue courses offered by IGNOU, with the educational institution all set to introduce its teaching programmes in the country this year.
“We have entered into a collaboration with Afghanistan University of Management Sciences (AUMS), a private university there. We will conduct admission of students from this July session,” said Pankaj Khare, Deputy Director, International Division of IGNOU.
He said students in Afghanistan have very limited opportunity for higher studies as there is hardly any state-funded university and a few ones control the higher education sector.
“The students are very keen to get degrees from Indian universities,” he said. “AUMS had requested us to offer courses there because IGNOU charges a very nominal fee and has a very flexible academic schedule,” Khare said. PTI