IGNOU Schools

IGNOU schools
The programes offered by IGNOU are offered through the following schools:

SOA - School of Agriculture

Established in 2005 the School offers Doctoral, Diploma and Certificate courses in Dairy Technology, Food Management, and Poultry Farming.

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SOE - School of Education

The School of Education is the first school to be established by IGNOU. The School conducts Master's, Bachelor's, Diploma and Certificate courses in Education.

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SOFL - School of Foreign Languages

Established in 2007, the School works in collaboration with other Schools of the University to develop manpower for a number of sectors, like foreign language requirements for scientists, agricultural experts and trade specialists.

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SOH - School of Humanities

The School of Humanities comprises the disciplines of English and Hindi, and also the Editorial Unit and Translation Cell. The School offers Master’s Degree (MA) and Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in both English and Hindi apart from a number of certificate, diploma and post-graduate diploma programs.

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SOL - School of Law

The School of Law offers diploma, certificate, doctoral and advanced diploma programs in areas as wide as Criminal Justice, Cyber Law, International Humanitarian Law and Patent Practice.

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SOS - School of Sciences

The School of Sciences started in 1996 and is now one of the most popular schools in IGNOU. It offers masters and bachelors degrees in subjects like Mathematics, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry and Botany.

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SOTHSSM - School of Tourism and Hospitality Service Sectoral Management

The School provides doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate courses in tourism management.

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SOCIS - School of Computer & Information Sciences

The School of Computer & Information Sciences (SOCIS) was established in 1991 to provide computer education to the masses. It offers some of the most popular courses like BCA, MCA and PhD in Computer and Information Science.

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SOET - School of Engineering and Technology

The area of Engineering and Technology was identified in the early years, keeping in view the emerging need of continuing education and re-training requirements of those at work.Diploma in Civil Engineering (General) (DCLE(G)). Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (DME) is one of the courses offered by this School.

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SOGDS - School of Gender and Development Studies

The School envisages major initiatives in research, teaching, training and advocacy in the areas of gender and women's studies. The School offers programs in Diploma in Women’s Empowerment and Development and MA in Gender and Development Studies.

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SOITS - School of Inter-Disciplinary and Trans-Disciplinary Studies

Established in 2007, the school has launched a number of programs, both in-house and in partnership with external collaborators. In-house offerings include Master of Arts in Labour and Development, Master of Arts in Social Anthropology, Master of Arts in Gandhi and Peace Studies, and Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies while courses like Aurobindo Studies, Integral Studies, Sanskrit language and Astrophysics are launched in collaboration with other institutes and organisations.

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SOMS - School of Management Studies

The School of Management Studies, which began to operate in 1987 with the launch of Diploma in Management as a pilot program of the University, today offers 10 programs in Management and 14 programs in Commerce.

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SOSS - School of Social Sciences

School of Social Sciences is one of the largest school of studies in IGNOU and offers academic programs in six disciplines: Economics, History and Tourism Studies, Library and Information Science, Political Science, Public Administration, and Sociology.

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SOTSS - School of Translation Studies and Training

School of Translation Studies and Training  was established in the year 2007. The priority areas of this school are:  translation theory, history of translation, translation: sociology and culture, translation of literary and non-literary texts, translation between genre, translation in media, machine translation and lexicography/ terminology and corpus development.

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SOCE - School of Continuing Education

(SOCE) currently has the following disciplines:
  • Rural Development
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Child Development
  • Home Science
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SOEDS - The School of Extension and Development Studies

The School of Extension and Development Studies (SOEDS) was established in 2007 with an aim at providing quality education and training in various aspects of extension and development studies, ie economic, social and human development, by offering programs leading to the award of Certificate, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post-Graduate Degrees in relevant subjects. The important thrust areas of the School are:
  • Extension Education
  • Livelihood Education
  • Development Studies
  • Empowerment Studies
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SOHS - School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences was set up with the objective of augmenting educational avenues and for providing in-service training for medical, nursing, paramedical and allied personnel through the distance education mode. It offers courses in maternal and child health, geriatric medicine, nursing administration and acupuncture among others.

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SOJNMS - School of Journalism and New Media Studies

School of Journalism and New Media Studies is one of the most popular schools of IGNOU. Realizing the importance of the media industry, this school was established in 2007. This school offers postgraduate advanced diploma and certificate courses in journalism and mass communication.

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SOPVA - School of Performing and Visual Arts

School of Performing and Visual Arts (SOPVA) is an important part of IGNOU and offers certificate courses in applied and performing arts.

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SOSW - School of Social Work

School of Social Work (SOSW) established in 2007 became fully functional in 2009. It offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree in various areas of social work.

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SOVET - School of Vocational Education and Training

School of Vocational Education and Training (SOVET) offer programs in various disciplines of vocational education like Spoken English, Personality Development, Air Ticketing and BPO Finance and Accounting.

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