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IGNOU tops independent ranking

By A Staff Reporter

In its silver jubilee year, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has become undisputed number one as per ranking in various websites.

As per world largest universities by student enrolment on Internet (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), and Top Universities Ranking Guide, IGNOU tops the list of 61 Universities, (30 lakh students) followed by Allama Iqbal Open University-Pakistan (18 lakh), Islamic Azad University-Iran (13 lakh), Anadolu University-Turkey (8.84 lakh), Bangladesh National University- Bangladesh (8 lakh), Bangladesh Open University-Bangladesh (6 lakh), Ramkhamhaeng University-Thailand (5.25 lakh), & University System of Ohio-USA (4.78 lakh)

Dr. B.R Ambedkar Open University, Andhra Pradesh, India rank at number 9 (4.5 lakh) along with University of Punjab-Pakistan(4.5 lakh),State University of New York-USA (4.5 lakh),California State University-USA(4.17 lakh).University of Delhi, India gets 13th rank (4 lakh).

IGNOU has reached the top slot due to its high flexibility, number of courses in diverse fields, quality course material and holding its exams semester wise twice a year uninterrupted for the past 25 years.

The university began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education with strength of 4528 students. Today it serves the educational aspirations of over 3 lakh in India and 36 other countries through the 21 schools of studies and a network of 61 regional centres, around 60 overseas centres. The University offer about 350 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes with a strength of around 420 faculty members and academic staff at the Headquarters and regional centres and about 36,000 academic counselors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organizations and industry among others.

As an inclusive institution, it is a part of IGNOU’s mandate to reach the unreachable, the underprivileged and the differently-abled. It is for this reason that the University’s educational and vocational programmes are geared to ensure that people at the margins of our society are able to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills required to confidently join the mainstream.