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Equal Opportunity to Learn through Open University System: A case study of IGNOU

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Commerce, Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Chandigarh, INDIA

Res. J.Educational Sci., Volume 1, Issue (6), Pages 23-26, August,1 (2013)


Colleges and universities have a crucial role to play in national, statewide and regional economic development efforts. Higher education and economic development are inter- linked to each another.For a country to be successful in economic and overall development, colleges and universities have to play a major role. Higher education in India is provided by both public and private institutes who are affiliated to different universities .Apart from having regular universities, India developed an Open University system to promote education system and encourage distance learning. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was the pioneer and now there are seven open universities in India offering over 500 courses. The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously contributed to inclusive growth by providing inclusive education. By offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode it has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER). The present paper is a modest attempt to understand higher education system and the contributions being made by IGNOU in Indian education system.


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