The Indian Journal of Open Learning is a reputed journal approved by the University Grants Commission and is listed in the UGC-CARE list.
The Indian Journal of Open Learning (IJOL) was started in 1992 by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). IGNOU is a mega university to disseminate information about theory, practice and research in the field of open and distance education. The journal includes correspondence and multi-media education, educational technology and communication, independent, experiential, constructionist and connectivity learning and other innovative forms of educational models are accommodated as a part of dissemination of knowledge at distance teaching learning methodologies. The journal also provides a forum for debate across the world on these areas of concern with particular reference to India and other redeveloping nations.
This e-journal will cover: Darshan, Ved, Vyakaran, Bhasha Vigyan, Sahitya, Sanskrit mein Vigyan, Ayurved, Yog, Ancient Indian Psychology, employment opportunities in Sanskrit Language, and all the aspects of Indian Knowledge System. The special issues will also be placed. The paper will be invited in three languages – Sanskrit, Hindi and English.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) plays a pivotal role in nation-building by empowering individuals through educational interventions for those who have missed/lost/been denied their educational opportunities. In this endeavour, a new dimension is being sought to be added by the School of Journalism and New Media Studies by launching a peer-reviewed open access research publication - IGNOU Journal of Media and Empowerment. Through this initiative, the Journal intends to create a learning environment for aspiring young scholars of media and communication systems. It aims to support them through enhancing research skills, domain knowledge on specific topics, and hand-holding them in fine tuning their research outputs. It is hoped that these efforts will contribute to a holistic understanding of the media and information system's role in empowering individuals along with emancipating research in the discipline.
The power equation in the communication process has witnessed titanic changes. Individuals are no longer receivers of information; instead, they can be produsers. Demassification, convergence and a no-entry barrier of communication technology has enabled media and information access to all. Utilising this opportunity of horizontal communication power, however, needs scrutiny within the context of the empowerment of individuals.
The empowerment process through the media and communication system can enable the common person to handle the system better and in a more useful manner. Three fundamental dimensions- access, interpretation and participation - help to shape people holistically and to transform them into responsible citizens to exercise necessary democratic functions. An informed individual or society can be more participative in all possible societal functions, including that of media and communication systems, which demand higher living conditions in a wide variety of development settings.
Poverty, education, and gender inequality and many other factors determine the quality of access to communication outlets. While, media and information may not provide solutions to these problems, but they can empower citizens to be aware of their roles and responsibilities.