The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 to achieve the following objectives:
• Democratizing higher education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners.
• Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region, religion and gender.
• Offering need-based academic programs by giving professional and vocational orientation to the courses. Promoting and developing distance education in India.
• Setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country as an apex body.
IGNOU Regional Centre at Kohima was established on 14th December 2000. Regional Centre has Ten (10) Regular Study Centres, Five (5) Special Study Centres, Ten (10) Programme Study Centres and Four (4) IGNOU CNRI Knowledge Centre under its jurisdiction. As of now, 50 (fifty) Academic Programmes are being activated.
The Regional Centre has total accumulated student strength is 8,490 students registered for various programmes. Under Kohima Regional Centre, 9 (Nine) Study Centres has DRS Terminals facility, 6 (Six) Study Centres has EDUSAT Terminals facilities and 10 (Ten) Examination Centres for Term End Exam.
The Regional Centre also has two exam centres for conducting OPENMAT Exams for the Management programme and Entrance Test for the B. Ed programme.