St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
Established in 1860 A. D.









30 Mother Teresa Sarani (formerly Park Street)
Kolkata 700016

Co-ordinator :
Prof. Panchali Sen
Dept. of Pol.Sc.
St. Xavier's College

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Indra Gandhi National Open University

Partner Institution: St. Xavier’s College (PI-Code: SXC7016)
Phone: 22551288

Convergence Scheme a new scheme was conceived jointly by UGC, IGNOU, Open and Distance Learning system Council and AICTE under the guidance of the ministry of Human Resources Development, a synergy of ODL and Conventional Systems which was formally as the scheme on Convergence of Open and Distance learning and Conventional systems in Nov. 2007 which became operational in March 2008. The Scheme is titled "Convergence Scheme". IGNOU Convergence Scheme converges the best of Open and Distance Learning systems(ODL) and Conventional Educational Systems. The objective of the scheme is to achieve the targets set out in the Eleventh Plan Document for Higher Education, and focusing on access and equity issues.

The Scheme ,jointly conceived by University Grants Commission(UGC), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Distance Education Council(DEC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under the guidance of the Ministry of Human Resources Development , aims to focus on enhancing the quality and quality of education delivery in the context of social dimensions of the country, with a thrust on capacity building and strengthening of the conventional university and collegiate education system.

Convergence of the face-to-face mode teaching departments of conventional universities with their distance education directorates/ correspondence course wings as also with open universities/ institutions offering distance education shall be impressed upon to bridge the gap in distance and conventional face-to-face mode of education.

There are more than 400 Partner Institutions offering around 150 IGNOU programmes and 75000 students enrolled under the IGNOU Convergence Scheme. The Partner Institutions in the rural areas have benefited a large number of rural students especially women students who are otherwise deprived of higher education/vocational education. To mention few, the Computer Literacy Program of IGNOU which is a non-credit programme has influenced in imparting the computer skills to the common men and women through the Partner Institutions in the north-Eastern region and Eastern region of rural area.

Vision and Mission
The objective of the Scheme is to achieve the projected targets related to access and equity in Higher Education during the XIth plan. A Convergence between the Conventional University System and the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) System through enhanced and optimal utilization of the physical facilities, intellectual and knowledge resources in institutions is an integral part of this Scheme.

Courses Offered (for July Session)
Name of the Programs Eligibility Duration Programme fee
Master in Political Science (MPS) Graduate in any discipline 2 Years 1st Year: 3700
2nd Year: 3600
Master in English (MEG) Graduate in any discipline 2 Years 1st Year: 3700
2nd Year: 3600
Master in History (MAH) Graduate in any discipline 2 Years 1st Year: 3700
2nd Year: 3600
Master in Social Work (MSW) Graduate in any discipline 2 years 1st Year: 12100
2nd Year: 12000
Master in Commerce (MCOM) Graduate in any discipline 2 years 1st Year: 4900
2nd Year: 4800

Courses Offered (for January Session)

Management Programme (MP) Graduate in any discipline
(Details in prospectus)
2.6 years Rs. 21000

Admission Procedure               

All admissions to IGNOU Convergence Scheme is kept under abeyance as per the notification dated 25th June 2012. 

Notice regarding postponement of admission to IGNOU Convergence Scheme. Click here...


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