21 April, 2018

Regional Centre


Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre, Lucknow was established on 1st December, 1986. Earlier, the Regional Centre, Lucknow was looking after whole of Uttar Pradesh but with the creation of new state of Uttarakhand and expansion and decentralisation of various activities, new Regional Centres at Aligarh, Varanasi, Dehradun and Noida were established and districts from the jurisdiction of Regional Centre, Lucknow were transferred to these Regional Centres. Even after such divisions, Regional Centre, Lucknow is still one of the largest Regional Centres in terms of jurisdiction and enrolment of learners.


IGNOU Regional Centre, Lucknow commenced its functioning with one study centre under its supervision at Jai Narain Degree College, Lucknow. In 1987, major expansion took place when 09 LSCs were established in important cities such as Allahabad, Agra, Bareilly, Dehradun, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Sultanpur and Haldwani. The expansion continued and in the next 10 years, the number of Learner Support Centre rose to 50 by the year 2000. The first centre in Jail was established at Model Jail, Lucknow in year 2000.


The Regional Centre established Learner Support Centres in reputed institutions such as Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology - Allahabad, Institute of Engineering & Technology - Lucknow, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences - Lucknow, University of Lucknow - Lucknow, AMC Centre & Training School - Lucknow, Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Medical University - Lucknow, Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH) - Lucknow, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University - Lucknow, Dr. Shakuntala Mishra Rehabilitation University - Lucknow, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) - Kanpur, Bundelkhand University – Jhansi, MMM Engineering College – Gorakhpur, Kamla Nehru Institute of Technology (KNIT) – Sultanpur, etc. The Regional Centre has undergone tremendous growth in terms of enrolment and number of learner support centres during the last 27 years. Presently, there are 50 active study centres covering 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh. A Tele Learning Centre (TLC) was also established at Regional Centre, which has been converted into a Regional Centre Lab (RCL). It functions for about 12 hours a day catering to about 500 students of BCA & MCA.


The first Gyanvani Station was inaugurated at Allahabad on 7th November 2001 by the then Minister of HRD, Govt. of India, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi. The Gyanvani Station at Lucknow began its first transmission on 22nd May, 2002. Initially, the broadcast was only for four (04) hours per day. Now, the transmission is for sixteen (16) hours from 06:00 am to 10:00 pm. Earlier, the Gyanvani Studio was functioning from AIR campus, but now, well equipped studio has been developed at the Regional Centre, Lucknow. Later, Gyan Vani stations were also established at Varanasi and Kanpur respectively.


With the decentralization of evaluation work, IGNOU Regional Centre, Lucknow was also given the responsibility for evaluation since Term End Examination December 2009. In year 2010, the Regional Evaluation Centre for North Zone was established at Lucknow. Presently, Regional Evaluation Centre, Lucknow is receiving answer scripts from 11 Regional Centres of North Zone i.e. Srinagar, Jammu, Shimla, Khanna, Karnal, Chandigarh, Aligarh, Noida, Dehradun, Varanasi and Lucknow. Regional Evaluation Centre has identified large number of evaluators for various courses for prompt evaluation.


Since its beginning, IGNOU Regional Centre, Lucknow has tried to provide a strong Student Support Network and vibrant support services to the learners at all the levels, which led to bagging of two Gold Medals within a span of five years.


IGNOU Regional Centre, Lucknow bagged the 1st Gold Medal for the Best Service instituted in the year 2004 by the University and within a span of five years, we also received the 2nd Gold Medal for Best Service Award during 20th Convocation held on 28th February 2009.