Indira Gandhi National Open University will open its study centre for post-graduate programmes at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Etcherla (Srikakulam), soon, according to S. Raja Rao, Regional Director of IGNOU.
It has also plans to open a study centre for music and fine arts at Vizianagaram as there is a lot of demand for courses in these subjects, Dr. Raja Rao said at a press conference he addressed here along with Assistant Regional Directors G. Anbalagan and Bamsidhar Bari.
The two-year-old regional centre, with a jurisdiction of five districts from Srikakulam to West Godavari, has admitted 4,200 students so far in various masters, degree, PG diploma, diploma, certificate and awareness programmes and around 1,500 students are expected to join during the January admission session. Programmes more popular with people of this area are MBA, M.Ed, M.A. in English and public administration and B.Sc. in nursing.
IGNOU is introducing a certificate course in library and information science, PG diploma in analytical chemistry; M.Sc. in dietetics and food and MA in gender and development from the January admission session. Considering the demand for chartered accountancy, IGNOU has already introduced specialised B.Com. programme leading to dual degree and similar programmes are also available for ICWAI and ICSI candidates.
All the IGNOU courses have been recognised by country’s regulatory bodies like UGC and accepted as qualification for government jobs.
IGNOUR is conducting its OPENMAT-XXXV, the entrance test for its MBA and other management programmes on February 23. It is also offering six PG diplomas and diploma in various management areas.
Application forms have to be sent to the Registrar (SED), IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, News Delhi 110 068 by registered post or speed post.
Graduates in any discipline with 50 per cent marks (45 per cent for reserved categories) and having three years in supervisory or managerial position or a professional degree like engineering, medicine, CA, ICWAI or company secretaryship or law with 50 per cent marks are eligible to appear for the entrance test and qualify in it to secure a seat.
Application forms can be downloaded from IGNOU website http://www.ignou.ac.in or can be purchased at IGNOU Regional Centres by paying Rs. 1,000 in cash.