The University's Act states that, the University shall:
* impart education and knowledge through various means suited to the Open and Distance Education Mode.
* provide not only higher education to large sections of the population, but particularly disadvantaged segments of society.
* encourage, coordinate and assist Open Universities and Distance Education systems while determining standards in such systems in the country.
* provide national integration and strengthen the natural and human resources of the country through the medium of education.
Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Resource Centre for Open and Distance Learning with international recognition and presence, shall provide seamless access to sustainable and learner-centric quality education, skill up gradation and training to all by using innovative technologies and methodologies and ensuring convergence of existing systems for massive human resource required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding.