Indira Gandhi National Open University came into being on September 20, 1985, by an Act of Parliament (1985) to achieve the following objectives:

  • Democratizing higher education by taking education to the doorsteps of the learners;
  • Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications;
  • Offering need-based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the courses;
  • As an apex body, setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country.