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Updated on 23 Jan, 2015


The Material Production and Distribution is one of the most important subsystems of the Distance Education and Open Learning System. Material Production & Distribution Division (MPDD) handles the production and distribution of self-instructional material for various programmes and courses of the University. It is responsible for timely printing and dispatch of study material to the learners as well as to Regional/ Study Centres of IGNOU. Distribution of print materials comprising self-instructional materials, assignments, programme guides, prospectus/ handbooks (application forms and other miscellaneous items) is a formidable task given to this Division. It also undertakes the activity of synchronisation of production of materials/assignments, printing the required number of these materials, storing and inventory control of these materials and despatching them to the individual students (course-wise and medium-wise), IGNOU’s RCs/Scs through the postal system. By nature the entire task is a complex operation and is compounded by a large number of students changing their addresses, medium of instruction and courses very often.

Important functions carried out by MPDD are as under:

  • Material Requirement Planning,
  • Purchase and issue of Offset Printing Paper and Art Card to the Printers for printing the study materials,
  • Maintenance of inventory of study materials and other related items,
  • Distribution of study materials to the students,
  • Distribution of study materials to Regional Centres/ Study Centres of IGNOU,
  • Sale of study materials to the Open University, other Institutions, agents and general public, and
  • Meeting the printing requirements of Functional Divisions and special printing requirement of the University
  • Execution of complete reprinting work of IGNOU and Printing work of New Schools
  • Printing requirements of Functional Divisions and Special printing jobs like convocation materials are also responsibility of MPDD