IGNOU School of Continuing Education (SOCE): Courses Offered, Admission

IGNOU School of Continuing Education (SOCE): The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is the largest university which offers several educational programmes under the umbrella of Open Schools. The university was named after the first lady prime minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi. The School of Continuing Education (SOCE) is also one of the leading open schools of the University which is located in New Delhi. The School of Continuing Education offers various Continuing Education programmes through distance learning.Candidates can take admission to pursue the Doctoral Degree, Master’s Degree, PG and Advance Diploma and Diploma programmes in the continuing education from the open school offers.

Candidates, who want to pursue a programme in Continuing Education from the ‘School of Continuing Education’ (SOCE), can apply for admission through the online application form.

School of Continuing Education (SOCE)

  • The study programme in rural development is offered with the intent to meet the requirement of trained manpower in rural development.
  • The Discipline of Nutritional Studies is dedicated to the study of human nutrition which tends to build up the expertise in clinical and therapeutic nutrition public nutrition, institution food service management, food safety and quality control and food sciences and technology.
  • The discipline of Child Development is dedicated to the study of human development in the socio-cultural context which focuses the critical childhood years the understanding of the developmental challenges and life-cycle issues.
  • In order to develop the intrapersonal skills in women, the Home Science discipline is offered by the open school to make and develop an understating in Community Resource Management and Fabric and Apparel Sciences. 

Programmes Offered by IGNOU School of Continuing Education

The School of Continuing Education (SOCE) of IGNOU offers Continuing Education programmes at the Doctoral Degree, Master’s Degree and diploma level and the programme shave been given in the following table:

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S.No. Name of the Academic Domain Name of the programmes
1.         Doctoral Degree Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development (PHDRD)
Doctor of Philosophy in Food & Nutrition (PHDFN)
2.       Master’s Degree Master of Arts (Rural Development) (MA(RD))
Master of Science in Counselling and Family Therapy (MSCCFT)
Master of Science Degree in Dietetics and Food Service Continuing Education  (M Sc(DFSM))
3.         PG and Advance Diploma Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy (PGDCFT)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PGDRD)
4.       Diploma programmes Diploma in Panchayat Level Administration & Development (DPLAD)
Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (DECE)
Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE)
5.         Certificate programmes Certificate in Nutrition and Childcare (CNCC)
Certificate in Food and Nutrition (CFN)
Certificate Programme in Rural Development (CRD)

IGNOU SOCE Contacts Details 


School of Continuing Education,

Indira Gandhi National Open University,

Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi – 110068

District New Delhi
State  Delhi
Pin Code 110068
Phone number +91-011-29535519
Email SOCE @ignou.ac.in
Official Website


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  1. I am an honourary professor in Economics at ” SathyaSai University fro Human Excellence” BANGALORE, TEACHING “RURAL DEVELOPMENT FOR UG STUDENTS with Honours UG gegree 4 years degree with research component and PG DeGREE FROM”AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF NORWAY” ON ” MANAGMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE” IN 1995 and research on world bank policy “Structural Ddjustment Programme ” A research study on ” Impact of removal of fertilise subsidy in Paddy production in SriLanka’ in 1993. Interested to study phD at IGNOU in rural
    development distance study . Please help me. Iam an Indian citizen . Want to apply for the same before feb 21st.


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