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Updated on 07 Aug, 2017



The Research Unit of IGNOU was established in 2008. It is the nodal unit of IGNOU for managing all research related activities and running the Research Degree Programmes of the University. It operates under the overall guidance of the Research Council. The Research Degree Programmes today have an enrolment figure exceeding 1268 scholars
registered in 57 Research Disciplines. By the end of 2016, IGNOU has awarded Ph.Ds to 306 scholars and M.Phil to
47 scholars.

With initial focus on Distance Education and related areas, the ambit of research work in the University has been expanded to include both theoretical and empirical research in various academic disciplines and interdisciplinary areas. A Research Policy has been enunciated to guide the future of research in the University. A principal objective of IGNOU’s Research Programme has been to maintain a strong focus on the flow of theoretical ideas and to connect it with the empirical works of subject oriented researches in sciences, social sciences, humanities, management, technology and other disciplines offered by the University as areas of probe and investigation from time to time. There has to be a conjunctive mix of theoretical ideas and extended probes into concrete social situations. It is now commonly agreed that the object of the subject/discipline oriented research is to delineate a methodology of investigation that guarantees the discovery of ‘truth’ and to prescribe that methodology as canonical imperatives which practicing researchers are obliged to follow. Our research programme has indeed had great practical import; studying the philosophy of research and training into research methods have become important ingredients of our research programme.

The Research Unit has also formulated consolidated Guidelines for M.Phil and Ph.D. program covering different aspects pertaining to admission, course work, research supervision and evaluation procedures. To enhance and ensure greater participation in the open defense of the thesis submitted by a scholar, a notional communication is being facilitated by the Research Unit.

IGNOU-Research Fellowship scheme has been activated which are to be awarded to researchers working on fulltime basis at IGNOU @8000/- per month along with a contingency grant of Rs.8000/- per annum. Students are selected for the Award of Fellowship under this Scheme through criteria set by the University. The Research
fellowships are categorized into three sub-schemes such as :

  1. Dr B R Ambedkar Fellowship Scheme for male scholars
  2. Savitri Bai Phule Fellowship Scheme for Female scholars
  3. Veer Savarkar Fellowship scheme for research focusing Indian Heritage and Diaspora

It is envisaged that the Research Programs of the University should go beyond the award of research degrees to lend support to research on issues of importance to society. This could take the form of encouraging research through arranging financial support to fund major / minor projects to be undertaken by the faculty. Guidelines for granting funds for major / minor research are under preparation.