The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is planning to set up a nodal centre here to facilitate collaboration in research among colleges, universities, and R&D establishments across the country.
The centre, Advanced Centre of Informatics and Innovative Learning (ACIIL) will be established as a hub institutes on the lines of National Education Grid, which will work as an autonomous inter-institutional centre of excellence under Open University Act and will be governed by the UGC. The new centre will provide technology enabled teaching, training and in conducting capacity building exercises by facilitating collaboration among universities, colleges and R&D organisations. The ACIIL will conduct academic research at post-graduate and PhD levels in areas such Information Sciences, Applied Computer Sciences, scientific database management apart from development of web-resources, e-governance and extend knowledge in areas related to socioeconomic development. ACIL will also focus on socio-economic areas like agriculture, health, education, community development and new streams like community heritage and environment.