23 June, 2017

Madurai
Regional Centre

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History

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has established its 2nd Regional Centre in Tamil Nadu at Madurai on 18th January 2008 in order to expand its services and to coordinate with the Learner Support Centres in the 16 districts viz.Coimbatore, Dindigul, Erode, Karur, Madurai, The Nilgiris, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Theni, Tiruchirapalli, Tirupur, Virudhunagar & Ariyalur.

LOCALE  

Madurai is one of a rich cultural and ancient city located on the banks of Vaigai River in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The City is closely associated with the Tamil language, and the third Tamil Sangam. The city has a number of historical monuments and cultural heritages. The world famous Meenakshi Amman Temple is located at the mid of Madurai city attracting visitors around the world. The temple skyline is dominated by the 14 colorful gateway towers of Meenakshi Amman Temple in bright carvings of Hindu Gods, the Dravidian-style temple is a major pilgrimage place. Millions attend the processions and ceremonies of April's Chithirai Festival celebrating Lords Meenakshi, Shiva and Vishnu. It was the capital city for the great Pandya Kindom.
                                                
The city is an important industrial and educational hub in the south of Tamil Nadu. Many automobile, rubber, chemical, IT and granite industries are located in the Madurai district.
 
The Madurai Regional Centre of IGNOU is closely located with the prime area of the city and has a jurisdiction over 16 districts in Tamil Nadu. IGNOU has constructed a permanent building for the Regional Centre, Madurai which has Gyan Vani FM Radio Station, computer Labs, classrooms, conference hall, warehouses for study materials and library facilities.