Posted on Mar 18, 2022 | Creator PROF. M. ASLAM

A phrase about Indira Gandhi Nationwide Open College

Earlier than we throw some gentle on the origin of IGNOU Regional Centre at Srinagar, a phrase about Open and Distance Studying and IGNOU can be in place.  The Open Distance Studying (ODL) system was launched in India to undo the legacy of restrictive training by extending its attain socially in addition to geographically—entry with fairness and socio-economically related curricula had been the cherished objectives. This urge discovered expression within the phrases of the then Prime Minister, who inaugurated IGNOU on 19th November, 1985. He mentioned, “Our endeavour is that in India, the poorest, essentially the most backward kids obtain the absolute best training, and on this path as we speak, we’re right here to take a step ahead. This Open College will lengthen academic alternatives to all of the corners of the nation.”


IGNOU began its educational journey by providing two programmes in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Administration and Diploma in Distance Schooling, with energy of 4,528 college students. At the moment IGNOU has a cumulative pupil energy of three.3 million college students with greater than 270 certificates, diploma, diploma and doctoral programmes on supply. These programmes attain the scholars by a community of 67 Regional Centres( together with 11 RRC’s), 20 abroad establishments, and about 2,077 examine/ learner help Centres. IGNOU has 54,966 educational counsellors principally from standard establishments of upper studying on half time foundation to take counselling session and work together with the scholars on educational points. IGNOU Regional Centre, Srinagar is one in all these 67 Regional Centres.


Regional Centre, Srinagar- A Retrospect

Retrospectively, when one traces the origin of Regional Centre, Srinagar, we discover that IGNOU established a Regional Centre in Karnal, Haryana within the yr 1991 with 9 Examine Centres, having its purview over the States of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Haryana. Considered one of these 9 Examine Centres was established in Srinagar to cater to J&Ok State. In a while as a consequence of militancy it was thought-about fascinating to shift this examine centre to Jammu.



The Secretary, Schooling, Ministry of Human Useful resource Growth, Govt. of India, visited J&Ok State in July, 1996 to assessment the tutorial scene.  One of many suggestions made within the report primarily based on the assessment envisaged that IGNOU and Nationwide Open Faculty ought to help the State Schooling Division in exploring the opportunity of utilizing distance training mode to offer entry to the training to the folks of the State

Within the meantime, the Board of Administration of IGNOU in its 51st Assembly held on June 19, 1997 accepted establishing one Regional centre one every within the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab. Accordingly, Regional Centre, Jammu was established in 1998. 


Maintaining in view, inconvenience prompted to the scholars from the valley and Ladakh by not having any Regional or Examine Centre primarily based within the Srinagar, I pleaded with IGNOU authorities that as a particular case, it might contemplate having another Regional in J&Ok State positioned in Srinagar. Initially my proposal didn’t obtain any critical consideration; on the pretext that state of affairs within the valley was not conducive. However I continued my battle. It gave me lot of energy after I got here to know that the MHRD, Govt of India has arrange a process group on Schooling below the Chairmanship of Shri P.R. Dasgupta, to establish the tutorial necessities of the State of J&Ok. The Committee in its report beneficial that “in view of the normalization of total state of affairs within the valley and with a view to present folks residing in distant geographical terrains of the valley entry to increased training by Open studying system, the IGNOU might contemplate opening of a Regional Centre in Srinagar.” Prof M. B. Menon the then Chairman Nationwide Open Faculty, additionally supported my competition in no matter method he might. It was the time when Prof. A. W. Khan from COL joined as Vice Chancellor, IGNOU. I briefed him about my efforts and suggestion of Shri P.R. Dasgupta report. He was satisfied and determined to represent a crew headed by the Vice Chancellor himself to go to the valley to discover chance of building Regional Centre, at Srinagar. The crew consisting of Prof. A.W Khan, Vice Chancellor, Prof Janardhan Jha, Professional Vice Chancellor, Dr Ramegowda, Director (RSD) and Prof. M. Aslam, Director (SOCE) visited Srinagar in June, 1998.


Want for institution of Separate Regional Centre, Srinagar

The crew had a gathering with the Schooling Minister, who assured all help for establishing IGNOU Regional Centre in Srinagar.  The crew throughout its 4 days go to to Srinagar, had a really fruitful discussions with the Vice Chancellor of College of Kashmir and Senior Officers of the State Authorities. The crew realised that   in view of the peculiar geographical circumstances and inaccessibility notably through the winter, the folks of Kashmir valley weren’t capable of make the most of distance training programmes supplied by its Regional and Examine Centres positioned in Jammu. In view of this it was felt that IGNOU might set up a separate Regional Centre solely for Kashmir Area within the state.


Constructive Function of the College of Kashmir

It was famous by the committee that the College of Kashmir was prepared to offer all needed amenities for quickly finding Regional Centre until such time its personal lodging together with presumably allotment of land and many others is determined. Because the admissions for numerous IGNOU programmes for 1998 had been introduced , it was determined that College of Kashmir will publicise the IGNOU programmes by mass media and different channels and likewise nominate one in all its college member as a Nodal Officer and supply different supporting workers to deal with receipt of IGNOU admission varieties. The Nodal officer on the finish of admission course of reported receipt of over 1700 purposes for admission to varied IGNOU programmes. 


Approval of Board Of Administration 

Within the meantime, a proposal for institution of Regional Centre at Srinagar throughout 1998-99 was positioned earlier than the 61st Assembly of the Board of Administration held on November 16, 1998. The BOM below merchandise 14(b) accepted the institution, of IGNOU Regional centre for the Kashmir valley at, Srinagar through the monetary yr 1998-99 and likewise accepted needed provisions within the plan price range to offer for appointment of workers and needed infrastructure  amenities and companies/


Regional Centre was arrange in February, 1999

The Regional Centre Srinagar was lastly setup in February, 1999.The Centre was established with jurisdiction over Kashmir Division together with Leh and Kargil. It began performing from only one room of the Division of Commerce of Kashmir College, with the assistance of a Nodal Officer, one part-time clerk, with simply 4 Examine Centres, 14 programmes and an enrolment of round 1000 college students. Subsequently, it was shifted to a rented constructing in Rajbagh and needed workers was stored in place.


At the moment, it serves the tutorial aspirations of lakhs of scholars from Kashmir valley by community of 49 Examine Centres. It has been capable of enrol 47,833 college students (Contemporary 30895 + RR 16,938) throughout January and July, 2021 admission cycles. The Regional Centre provides about 190 certificates, diploma, diploma and doctoral programmes with the assistance of over 1413online educational counsellors drawn from standard establishments of upper studying {and professional} organisations. There have been solely 484 educational counsellors earlier for nose to nose counselling earlier than counselling periods had been supplied on line.


Enrolment Evaluation 

An  enrolment of 47,833 in a yr is a powerful determine, however does it serve the aim?  The evaluation of knowledge made out there reveal as below:

 Numerous college students 24,613 have enrolled for Grasp’s Diploma programmes adopted by 21,829 for Bachelor’s Diploma programmes. The certificates, Diploma and PG Diploma have attracted a cumulative enrolment of 1,390 solely.

The preferred programmes in phrases enrolment are Bachelors Diploma Programme (17.35 %); Grasp of Sociology (13.2%); Grasp of Political Science (6%); Grasp of Arts in English (6%) and Grasp of Historical past ( 5.35%)



The enrolment evaluation reveals that when it comes to numbers the Regional Centre is comfortably positioned.  Whether or not this excessive enrolment has made any impression on the employment state of affairs and  in addressing academic backwardness of the State stays to be seen.! A few of the IGNOU programmes which have excessive employment potential doesn’t appear to have attracted consideration of the potential college students. These amongst others embrace MBA, BCA, MCA, MSW and MARD and many others. There additionally could also be some areas, which have remained unexplored notably associated to technical and vocational training. Maintaining  in view particular human useful resource necessities of the State, the three principal areas, which is able to qualify for consideration by open and distance studying mode, are Tourism, Horticulture & Handicrafts. These are greatest suited to be launched by distance and open studying mode. But it surely requires establishing linkages with non-public and public sector undertakings and industries to make a distance training reply to the market financial system of the State. Trainer Coaching and capability constructing of elected members of Panchayats are different two main areas for significant intervention by distance mode.


The Regional Centre might should play a pro-active function in making these academic interventions significant and profitable. The Regional Centre must continuously pursue pupil profiles intently and likewise facilitate college students in searching for placement.



(Prof. Aslam is Former Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, New Delhi. He’s a Member of the Collegium of Eminent Social Scientists constituted by the ICSSR; Fellow EDI of the World Financial institution; Distinguished Fellow, AGRASRI, Tirupati, A.P and; Patron, Hope Basis, Vadodara, Gujarat. He was conferred 7 nationwide and Worldwide awards together with “Commonwealth Of Studying President’s Award of Excellence.” Authored 8 books and dozens of papers and guide chapters. He will be reached at

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