Inflation is finally catching up with India's only central government owned open university as it increased its exam fee after almost seven years. The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has revised its exam fee to 120 up from 60. IGNOU's regional director P Sivaswaroop, said, "The fee was revised this month and it has been done after a very long time."
Even after this hike, IGNOU is extremely economical in terms of examination fee. IGNOU offers a wide variety of courses with the regional centre at Nagpur focusing on specialized vocation-oriented courses too.
For Gadchiroli district, IGNOU has started courses in nursing day care so that students can get jobs in hospitals or even take care of patients at their homes. There are courses related to agriculture and dairy sector which again try to help students from Vidarbha get a perfect mix of theory and practical knowledge.
Sivaswaroop has also started working programmes which can benefit people from the Melghat region as well. IGNOU has been constantly expanding its footprint in the region by way of tying up with colleges to open centres as well as start programmes that are job oriented.