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About Regional Centres
Updated on 25 Jun, 2014

The Regional Centres (56),  IGNOU-Army Recognised Regional Centres (6), IGNOU-Navy Recognised Regional Centres (4) and IGNOU-Assam Rifles Recognised Regional Centre (1) are responsible for the promotion of the Open University system; development, maintenance and monitoring of Study Centres and Student Support Services; and organisation of staff development programmes in the region.

How to establish (methodology)

Regional Centres are established normally with cooperation and support of the respective State Governments. The perspective plan is to provide one Regional Centre for every state in the country.

Functions of Regional Centre

The Regional Centre has been defined under Section 2(J) of the IGNOU Act as under: "Regional Centre" means a Centre established or maintained by the University for the purpose of coordinating and supervising the work of the Study Centres in any region and for performing such other functions as may be conferred on such Centre by the Board of Management (BoM).

Further, under Section 5(1) (XXII) of the Act, the University is empowered to confer autonomous status to a Regional Centre have been established by IGNOU to coordinate and supervise the work of the Study Centres.


Regional Centres, the sub-office of the University for all practical purposes, are also intended to act as resource centres of the University in respective regions. Regional Centres are centres for training coordinators/counsellors/other functionaries and would provide a venue for the students and the academic counsellors to express their responses with reference to a particular subject. Responsibility for random checking of student assignment, if needed, would also lie with Regional Centres. Therefore, following facilities have been provided at Regional Centres:

  • Library course material
  • Video cassettes
  • Audio cassettes
  • Computers
  • Telex/fax 
  • TV/VCR etc.