Project 'Gyandeep' was dedicated to the nation by the Hon’ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on 19th November, 2009. As per Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Indian Army (IA) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) dated 04th September, 2009, the objective of the MoU is to confer educational certification to soldiers of the Indian Army as per the parameters laid down by IGNOU for Community Colleges, recognising the ‘in service’ training done by them.
The registration will be done through Regimental Training Centres/Human Resource Development Centres and Army Schools of Instruction and the same would be known as “Army-IGNOU Community Colleges”. 66 Army-IGNOU Community Colleges are registering the students located at different parts of the country. More than 1.5 Lakh Certificate / Diploma / Associate Degree have already been awarded to the Army Jawans. 3000 Army Jawans have successfully completed Associate Degree and around 244 have applied for registration in 3rd year of Bachelor’s Degree Programme in IGNOU. Recently on 14th September, 2011 “Gyandeep Centre of Excellence” was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Defence Shri A.K. Antony.