IGNOU has launched a state of the art web portal offering services of various types and at different levels to both students and Partner Institutions (PI). The portal has been jointly developed by the Advanced Centre for Informatics & Innovative Learning (ACIIL) and the International Division of the university in the Electronic and Media Production Centre (EMPC) of IGNOU. “From distance learning, we come to distributed learning,” said Prof. Srivathsan, Pro VC, IGNOU while launching the portal. The portal has a list of programmes currently on offer with all details; support services for registration and evaluation; a query management system and a space for interaction in the form of community blogs and discussion forums. There is also a list of PIs that students access by clicking on the relevant links. It provides support for better programme coordination as well as guidelines for those interested in working with IGNOU and is complimented by a Wiki area that allows PIs to publish information and interact with their students. “IGNOU has been a little traditional, depending upon printed study materials. Its time it also comes ahead in the technical field. Earlier it was in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode but now, it can reach into your pockets through internet. It enables students/ lecturers to go through the online study materials in form of online blocks for each programme and individual course,” Srivathsan said. Talking about the benefits of the portal, Prof. Kusum Sharma, Director, ID, IGNOU, said, “The first phase of this portal is to make updated information available to the international students. It talks about programmes offered to international students, assists them, solves their queries, manages a date calendar for academic activities, offers a blog with respect to programmes and separate categories of PI.” The Pro VC also said that Contemporary and traditional courses like programme on Gandhian Studies can be delivered through online lectures, allowing e-learning and social networking for each course amongst international students.