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IGNOU diploma courses

The largest open university imparts “education” to one and all
Indira Gandhi National Open University is the biggest national university formed with a budget of INR 2000 crore in 1985 with the sole purpose of spreading education amongst rural population of the country so as to achieve the aim of “education and development” for all.
But now, IGNOU caters to the urban population as well and to all those who wish to enhance their prospects and skills.

Diploma courses:

Diploma in Business Process Outsourcing Finance and accounting
Eligibility criteria: 10+2 or its equivalent with English as a compulsory subject Pass with aggregate 50 per cent marks or Bachelor’s degree and above (with English as a compulsory subject at 10+2 level.
Medium of instruction –English
Mode of admission: Entrance test
The course is offered in association with Accenture
Diploma in added products from cereals, pulses and oilseeds
No age bar and duration is of one year.

Diploma in Dairy technology:

Admission notification is generally released in May/June and the last date of submission of filled in application forms is September 30 for January session and March 31 for July session. Program fee is Rs 8,800.

Other courses are: diploma in meat technology, Nursing administration, HIV and family education, Creative writing in English, Computer Integrated manufacturing, early childhood care and education, tourism studies, nautical science, Aquaculture, creative writing in Hindi etc.

There are various post-graduate diploma courses also and these are: PG diplomas in Legal Process Outsourcing, Higher education, Financial management, operations management, Maternal and child health, Translation, Journalism and mass communication, Audio Program Production, Disaster management, Intellectual Property Right , Environmental and sustainable development etc.

Selection for some of the professional courses is based on entrance test held twice at various study centres all over India. Scholarships: Students belonging to reserved category are eligible for Government of India scholarships.

Academic session starts in January/July.
Exams are held in June/December.
IGNOU has introduced two diploma courses in Mechanical and Civil engineering at its Madurai regional centre.
And has given 50 per cent fee concession to rural students.Fees of Rs 100 can be paid and application form can be taken directly. Applications can be downloaded from official website:
Its main office is in New Delhi and the address is IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, Delhi,India, Pin code-110068 Phone: 91-11-29535924-32 and fax is 91-11-29532312.

Upcoming courses are PG diplomas in disaster management, certificate and diploma courses in Japenese, Chinese, German and French.
According to a survey, total enrollment in IGNOU was 1312000 students approximately in 2005 and is ever increasing.