Online Delivery of Programmes: A case study of IGNOU


  • Ramesh Sharma



Online education is the most exciting segment in the Indian IT space. A host of e-education sites continue to enter the market with focused offerings, linking up students and teachers, almost on a daily basis. This is happening because the new medium seeks to supplement -- not replace -- traditional teaching-learning methodologies. Keeping in view the global and in country/domestic market changes, India has to play a vital role in terms of software exports, skilled manpower support, and online education. With India currently in the midst of a "dotcom" wave, Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU) has taken the initiative in launching online in January 2000 two of its educational computer programmes. In July 2000 it launched twenty capsule courses (each comprising three courses) in different specialization areas of management []. Each of these capsules addresses one specific functional or specialization area, one basic course pertaining to that specialization and a project course. The Bachelor of Information Technology and Advanced Diploma in Information Technology programmes are offered through a Virtual Campus Initiative (VCI). Management Programme capsule courses are offered through Project MEIDS (Management Education through Interactive Delivery Systems).

Author Biography

Ramesh Sharma

Dr. Ramesh Sharma is Deputy Director at Indira Ghandi National Open University. He has an MSc, MEd and PhD (Educational Technology) and has taught BEd and MEd classes for nearly ten years. He has co-authored a book on open and distance education research, and is Associate Editor of the journal Staff and Educational Development International.




How to Cite

Sharma, R. (2001). Online Delivery of Programmes: A case study of IGNOU. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 1(2).



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