17 April, 2024

Regional Centre


IGNOU Regional Centre (RC) NOIDA is one of the 56 Regional Centres of the University, established in January 2009. It was carved out of the existing Regional Centre Delhi-2 with the objective of providing effective learner support services to five districts of Western Uttar Pradesh i.e. Gautam Budha Nagar (NOIDA), Ghaziabad, Meerut, Baghpat and Hapur. Subsequently in 2013, the University added the district of Bulandshahr and parts of East Delhi district to the jurisdictional area. In May 2017, nine more districts of Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have been added from the jurisdiction of RCs of Aligarh and Dehradun. Thus, RC NOIDA now caters to the educational needs of the following districts: Agra, Amroha, Baghpat, Bijnor, Bulandshahr, Gautam Budha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Rampur, Sambhal, Saharanpur, Shamli and East Delhi. The Regional Centre is located in the newly rented premises at UICT, A-18, Sector-62, NOIDA, which is well connected and easily accessible for learners, who hail from urban, semi-urban and rural locations in the region. It is also actively involved in providing necessary support towards upliftment of learners with special needs.


In order to effectively cater to the educational needs of its vast jurisdiction, IGNOU Regional Centre, NOIDA, has a comprehensive network of active Learner Support Centres. In total, there are 32 regular Learner Support Centres, 5 Programme Centres, and 4 Special Learner Support Centres for providing necessary education, skill and rehabilitation opportunities to the jail inmates. These centres act as crucial hubs for academic support, guidance, and counseling for learners pursuing various programs offered by IGNOU. In a bid to further extend its reach and impact, IGNOU RC NOIDA has established 6 IGNOU MSDE Extension Centres in Jan Shikshan Sansthans, 2 Extension Centres in Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras, 3 Work Centres and an Extension Centre in National Skill Training Institute, NOIDA. These extensions highlight the centre's commitment to skill development and vocational training, aligning with the evolving needs of the job market and the aspirations of the learners.


The impact of IGNOU in the NOIDA region is evident from its impressive learner count, exceeding 32,000 enrolled learners every year. Noteworthy is that approximately 45% of these learners are female, underscoring IGNOU's success in promoting gender inclusivity in education.


In tune with the digital age, IGNOU RC NOIDA utilizes modern technologies to enhance its academic support services. RC NOIDA is the Nodal Regional Centre for conducting counseling sessions in English language through Swayam Prabha Channel, providing learners with academic support in an easily accessible and convenient manner and illustrating the centre's adaptability to changing times and its commitment to reaching learners through diverse channels.


Moreover, RC NOIDA has been designated as the Nodal Regional Centre for conducting online counseling sessions for learners enrolled in BCOMOL (Bachelor of Commerce - Online) and CITOL (Certificate in Information Technology - Online) programmes under the e-VidyaBharti Project. This initiative showcases the centre's involvement in International level projects and its role in shaping the educational landscape beyond its regional boundaries.


An important milestone in the journey of IGNOU RC NOIDA, was marked with the laying of the foundation stone for its own building in September 2021. The construction work of the new building of Regional Centre has been entrusted to Central Public Works Department (CPWD). This momentous step signifies the growth and development of the centre, reflecting its commitment to providing a robust infrastructure that aligns with the evolving needs of its learners and stakeholders. The construction of its own building is anticipated to be completed shortly, heralding a new era of growth and enhanced educational offerings. NOIDA Regional Centre building will be the second own building of IGNOU in the State of Uttar Pradesh after Lucknow.


IGNOU Regional Centre, NOIDA continues to make significant contributions to education and skill development in Western Uttar Pradesh and parts of East Delhi by extending the boundaries of learning and leveraging technology.