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August 18, 2009


Indira Gandhi National Open University

Academic Session 2010

Prospectus for Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)

Programme in Distance Education

Research Unit
Indira Gandhi National Open University
New Delhi 110068


1. Introduction
The M.Phil Degree programme in Distance Education aims at training professionals and teachers in the skills and competencies related to the systematic investigation of various issues and problems in the field of Distance Education. At this level, the study is expected to provide new and original insights into the problems faced by the Distance Education system and strive to develop a body of new knowledge to solve educational problems. The M.Phil Programme in Distance Education shall commence from January 2010, and admission shall be made every calender year based on number of seats available in accordance with the approved supervisor list.

2. Programme Design
The M.Phil programme shall consist of 32 credits of Course Work. The Course Work
component shall have the following courses:
RDE-01: Research Methodology (8 Credits)
RDE-02: Information and Communication Technology (6 Credits)
RDE-03: Web-based Education (6 Credits)
RDE-04: Contexts and Concerns of Distance Education (6 Credits)
RDE-05: Term Paper and Seminar (6 Credits)
Dissertation: Besides the Course Work, the candidates have to undertake a
dissertation of 16 Credits in a topic of their choice.

The M.Phil. Prgramme in Distance Education is offered in a blended mode with 2 compulsory face-to-face workshops of 5 days each at the headquarters to be held in the month of March and September. Much of the interaction shall be one-to-one with the Course Coordinators, to whom all assessment related works have to be submitted.

3. Duration
The duration for M.Phil Programme will be 18 months (minimum) and four years (maximum). The maximum duration can be extended by one more year with the permission of the Vice Chancellor.

4. Eligibility Criteria
A candidate will be eligible for admission and registration for the M.Phil programme in Distance Education provided he/she has a Post Graduate degree in Distance Education (MADE of IGNOU) or Education (M.Ed. or MA (Ed.)) from any university or a recognized institution of higher learning.

5. Admission Process
i) Filled in application form for admission to the M.Phil programme in Distance Education shall be submitted in the prescribed form to the Director, Research Unit, IGNOU, New Delhi- 110068.

ii) After initial scrutiny, the Research Unit will forward filled-in M.Phil forms to the STRIDE. The selection for admission to M.Phil programme in Distance Education will be done on the basis of the performance in the Entrance Test to be conducted by the University.

iii) The Research Unit will declare the results of successful and unsuccessful candidates and intimate the same. The Director, Research Unit will also intimate candidates about his/her selection sending an offer letter.

iv) The candidate shall submit the programme fee and other relevant documents to the Research Unit along with the offer letter and other relevant documents as per the University norms.

v) Selected candidates will be admitted provisionally as per the University norms and the Research Unit will confirm the admission of the candidate.

vi) All the Candidates admitted shall undergo the Course Work worth 32 credits as approved by the Research Council of the University.

vii) Number of seats available for the January 2010 session is 24. Admission shall be offered to only those candidates who receive at least 50 per cent mark in the test, in order of ranking. Rules for reservation as per GOI norms applicable for Indian students.

6. Proposed date for Entrance Examination and Admission Cycle i) Applications received up to 30th September 2009 – Entrance Exam will be conducted during October 2009 and will be considered for admission to the January 2010 session.

ii) Applications received up to 31st March 2010 – Entrance Exam will be conducted during April 2010 and will be considered for admission to the July 2010 session.

The Research Unit with the support of STRIDE, will conduct the Entrance Examination. The Research Unit will declare the results and inform candidates with an Offer Letter asking the candidate to submit the application within in one month from the date of Offer Letter issued. If the candidate fails to submit the fee, the offer of registration shall be treated as cancelled. However, under special circumstances, an extension up to six months may be given by the Vice-Chancellor. A written request with mention about the compelling reason(s) to this effect will have to be made to the Director, Research Unit for formal approval of the Vice-Chancellor.

Medium of Instruction
The language in which the dissertation and other related work shall be in English only. In cases where the study pertains to regional languages, dissertation work could be in that language.

Award of Degrees
A Candidate shall be awarded the M.Phil Degree, with the approval of the Academic Council. The Registrar, Student Examination Division shall issue the Provisional M.Phil Degree and final M.Phil Award to all qualified students.

Availability of M.Phil Prospectus for Sale
i) Through the sale counter of the: Student Registration Division (SRD) Block 3, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110068
ii) Cost of the Prospectus:
a) For Indian Candidates
· By Hand : Rs 750/-
· By Post : Rs 800/-
Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of IGNOU, payable at New Delhi.
b) For International Candidates
· Cost of Application Form for SAARC Countries : INR 1000/-
· Cost of Application Form for other countries (other than SAARC) USD 100/-

Availability of M.Phil Prospectus for Sale
i) An Electronic Version of M.Phil Prospectus is placed on IGNOU’s Website (, all Regional Centres’ websites and the International Division website.

ii) A candidate is required to enclose a Demand Draft of Rs. 750/- (Indian Candidates) drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at New Delhi along with the application form.

ii) International candidates should enclose a Demand Draft of INR 1000/- for SAARC countries and USD 100/- for other countries drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at New Delhi, India.

M.Phil (Distance Education) Prospectus

M.Phil (Distance Education) Application Form

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