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Prof. Anita Priyadarshini


Dr. Anita Priyadarshini is presently working as Professor in Distance Education at Indira Gandhi National Open University. She has working experience of more than 32 yearsin the field of open and distance learning, adult education, equivalency programmes, and lifelong learning. She has worked extensively at policy and field level providing academic and technical support to open & distance learning programmes. She has designed and developed self learning materials in print and electronic formats from literacy upto post graduate levels. Dr Priyadarshini developed the Open Basic Education (OBE) programme which launched primary and upper primary schooling through open and distance learning in India. The path breaking OBE programme was adopted by the National Literacy Mission Scheme, Government of India as an Equivalency Programmes for out-of-school persons. Dr. Priyadarshini has conducted research and programme evaluation studies, trainings, and authored studies on various related issues. Dr Priyadarshini is consulted by various governments, non-governmental organizations and international agencies.At IGNOU, Dr Priyadarshini is the Programme Coordinator for the Masters in Distance Education (MADE).
Doctor of Philosophy, 2006
Name of the University: Rajasthan University
Discipline : Social Science
Doctoral Research Topic: Performance Evaluation of Distance Learners: A Study of National Open School
Academic Achievement: successfully awarded
Master of Arts (History) 1986
Name of the University: University of Delhi
Discipline: History
Academic Achievement: First in College (Miranda House) in MA(P)
Master of Arts (Distance Education) 2016
Name of the University: Indira Gandhi National Open University
Discipline: Distance Education
Academic Achievement: University Gold Medal for Diploma in Distance Education
Bachelor of Arts (History(Hons)) 1983
Name of the University: University of Delhi
Academic Achievement: First in College (Miranda House)
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), 1991
Name of the University: Annamalai University
Academic Achievement: Successfully completed

Over 32 years of experience in Open and Distance Education. Worked at the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) from 1987 to 2011 and then at IGNOU from 2011 to date. Senior positions of responsibility held include:

  • Project Director, Distance Education Programme - Sarva Shikha Abhiyan (a project of IGNOU and MHRD, Govt of India), 2010-2011 
  • Director i/c (Academic), National Institute of Open Schooling(NIOS), NOIDA, 2009-10
  • Director i/c (Vocational Education), NIOS, NOIDA, 2009-10
  • Regional Director & Joint Director (Academic), NIOS Delhi & NCR, 2009-10
  • Deputy Director (Academic/Personnel) NIOS, 2005-2009
  • Regional Director & Deputy Director (Academic), NIOS Rajasthan & Gujarat Region; NIOS Chandigarh Region, 2002- 2004
  • Director, State Resource Centre for Adult Education, Jaipur, Rajasthan (under National Literacy Mission, MHRD, Govt. of India), 1998-2002
  • Project Fellow heading the Open Basic Education Project, which conceptualized the model for Equivalency Programmes in India, 1992-1997
  • Trained at Summer Literacy Training Programme (SLTP), University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education & International Literacy Institute, Philadelphia, (1998);
  • Trained in ‘How can ICTs Enhance the Capacity of Women in Leadership?’, Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, (2008)
  • Team Leader, research study on Models of Equivalency Programmes,UNESCO Bangkok(2005-06)
  • Project Coordinator, COLLIT Literacy Project, Commonwealth of Learning -IGNOU, (1999-2002)
  • Project Coordinator, Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) Project, UNESCO (2008)
  • Lead Consultant, Feasibility study on Literacy and Life Skills Development in Iraq, UNESCO, Iraq (Amaan), (2005)
S. No.
Name of the Fellowship/Awards
Granting/Awarding Institution
UNESCO CONFINTEA Research Scholarship
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg, Germany
Visiting Professorship
Institute of Education, University of Wurzburg, Germany under ”A Passage to India” programme funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
National Award on E-Governance for the NIOS Online (Ni On) Project
Ministry of Department of Administrative Reform and Public Grievances, Reform and Public Grievances, Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India
  • Chapters in books: 12
  • Research papers: 19
  • Policy documents & Reports: 22
  • Units edited:100+
Membership of Professional body/ Statutory body
Name of statutory body/ institution
Member , Editorial Team
Indian Journal of Open Learning (IJOL), IGNOU
Member, Steering Committee for 30th Convocation
Member,  School Board
School of Vocational Education and Training, IGNOU
Member, Technical Advisory Committee
Nai Manzil scheme of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India
2016 to date
Member, Executive Board
Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills, (MANAS), Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India
2016 to date
Member, Academic Council
National Institute of Open Schooling(NIOS)
2018 to date
Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA)
Life member
Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)
Life member


Official Address:
Block 16,
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
New Delhi – 110068,
INDIA Email : anitapriyadarshini(at)ignou.ac.in,
Ph +91-11-2957 2607  New Delhi - 110068
New Delhi, India
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[Updated on 27-May-2024]