The School of Computer & Information Sciences (SOCIS) was established in 1991 to provide computer education at the doorsteps of learners with the following objectives:
- To demonstrate that an open learning approach to computer education is not only feasible but probably preferable.
- To increase both accessibility and acceptability of IGNOU Computer Education Programmes in a coordinated way, ensuring high quality education at a number of levels.
- To disseminate learning and knowledge through an innovative multiple media teaching/ learning system. IGNOU's Computer Education Programmes follow a multiple-entry and multiple-exit model for moving through a set of modular courses for a student to achieve her/ his goal.
The computer education programmes developed by the School have succeeded in keeping a balance between courses catering to the development of fundamental concepts and understanding of the principles of computer sciences, and the skills required in response to the needs of the market.