11 December, 2017

Regional Centre


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high quality teaching through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.  

As per the mandate of the University, it strives to: provide access to higher education to all segments of the society; offer high – quality, innovative and need – based programmes at different levels; and empower the variously disadvantaged by offering programmes in all parts of the country at affordable cost.
Today, the University serves the educational aspirations of over three million students in India and 43 other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 Regional Centres, over 3400 Learner Support Centres. The University offers123 certificate, diploma, post graduate diploma, degree and doctoral programmes with the strength of nearly 600 faculty members and academic staff at the headquarters and Regional Centres and about 54,200 academic counsellors drawn from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organizations, and industry among other.
IGNOU Regional Centre, Jabalpur
In order to cater to the educational needs of the disadvantaged sections of the society, especially the tribes of Madhya Pradesh, the University established a Regional Centre at Jabalpur in July 2005. Thirteen districts of Madhya Pradesh, all of them on the eastern part of the state and mostly dominated by the tribal population were kept under the operational area of IGNOU Regional Centre, Jabalpur. These districts were Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Balaghat, Seoni, Chhindwara, Katni, Shahdol, Umariya, Anuppur, Sidhi, Singrauli, Dindori and Mandla. Recently, in 2013, districts Rewa, Satna, Panna, Damoh, Sagar, Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh have also been put under the operational area of IGNOU Regional Centre, Jabalpur.
As per Census 2011, the 20 districts of Madhya Pradesh falling under the operational area of IGNOU Regional Centre, Jabalpur has a total population of 2,89,93,519 persons. 1,49,55,232 of them are male and 1,40,38,278 are female.
Catering to educational needs of this huge population that is sparsely distributed, having poor transport network, low per capital income and extremely low penetration of technology in the region, is a great challenge.
The Regional Centre has established Study Centres in almost all districts falling under its operational area, except of district Umaria. Efforts are on, and a study Centre at the Government College, Umaria will be established by January 2014. We are providing academic support to the tribal learners of remote area through mobile study centres.
In addition to face to face academic counselling at the study centres, the Regional Centre is providing Interactive Radio Counselling and Interactive Tele Counselling to the learners. This is done through Gyan Vani, the FM Educational Radio and Gyan Darshan, the educational television channel of Indira Gandhi National Open University.
Providing high - quality education has been the main objective of IGNOU Regional Centre, Jabalpur. Perfect monitoring mechanism, quality check systems and feedback mechanisms have been evolved to achieve this.