IGNOU- the largest distance education facility in the world
UNESCO has rated Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as the world’s largest university. It offers courses to over three million students in India and 33 other countries all over the world. IGNOU is also India’s National Resource Center for Open and Distance Learning and a world leader in distance education. It has an extensive network of over 21 schools of study, 59 regional centres, 2,300 learner support centres and some 52 overseas centres, through which it offers 1500 different courses including certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes.
Cochin has a regional centre of IGNOU where many students have enrolled for the courses offered by this reputed institution. IGNOU has switched to the technology enabled education with the launch of EduSat, a satellite solely dedicated for the purpose of education in 2004, which allows the students to interact with the teachers online from any part of the world.