The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been awarded an A++ grade by NAAC. IGNOU is the initial higher educational institute in the open distance learning (ODL) mode to be accredited by NAAC, IGNOU Registrar said.
As per the NAAC norms, ODL Universities are evaluated on the seven criteria comprising curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research, innovations and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, learner support and progression, governance, leadership and management, institutional values and best practices.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), established in 1994, works towards periodic assessment and accreditation of institutions of higher education and also to stimulate the academic environment for the promotion of quality of teaching-learning and research in higher education institutions. However, NAAC has newly formulated the criteria for assessment and accreditation of Universities granting distance education programs.
The NAAC team toured the University between 5 and January 7. The NAAC team had toured all the School of Studies, Operational divisions, centers/ cells/ units at the headquarter of IGNOU in New Delhi. The Regional Centers at Delhi, Lucknow, and Cochin and their learner support centers were also visited by the NAAC team.
During the visit, as per an IGNOU statement, the team had attended all the infrastructural facilities of IGNOU and interacted with the teachers, academics, and non-teaching staff of the University. The members of the team had virtual interactions with the regional centers, overseas study centers, alumni as well.
The Registrar, in the statement, said that NAAC accreditation of the University is the consequence of the hard labor, dedication, team spirit of the University Union. The University also broadens best wishes to all it’s students and alumni for this remarkable achievement.
As of date, IGNOU has 30 lakh students on the roll and with this recognition by NAAC, ODL and online learning will play a major role in access and equity to higher education, the IGNOU statement added.
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