Indra Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a SMS facility to benefit students studying in the Madurai Regional Centre. Students across 17 districts are being expected to receive periodical information from the varsity regarding fee details, last date for payment, classes, special assignments and programmes, etc with roll out of new services. The SMS facility was launched by the open university's Regional Centre recently. Regional Director M. Shanmugham mentioned that about 20,000 students pursuing courses with the IGNOU regional centre would be able to receive regular updates and information from the varsity.
The information that would be sent to students via SMS would include IGNOU information relevant to that particular area and when and where to submit application. The SMS facility was launched with the aid of experts from the computer science department from the university's headquarters in New Delhi.