IGNOU's Defence Unit coordinates the activities pertaining to three Defence wings of India: Army, Navy and Air Force, in addition to for CISF and Assam Rifles. The projects pertaining to Defence Forces are designated as 'Gyandeep' for Indian Army; 'Sagardeep' for Indian Navy; and 'Akashdeep' for Indian Air Force.
According to an IGNOU statistics published on April 2013, there were around 4.2 lakhs army personnel registered for various course under Gyandeep with a total revenue generation of around 31.5 crores.
"IGNOU recognises the achievements of defence personnel in their service, equate such work to IGNOU standards, transfers the credit and suggests them to take up courses based on that for a lateral entry," Ms Srivastava said.
The Defence Unit processes the admissions and coordinates with Student Registration Division, Student Evaluation Division, Finance Division and other authorities of IGNOU.
The scheme became operational in 2009 when the IGNOU signed MoUs with the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy for 'Gyandeep', 'Akashdeep' and 'Sagardeep' respectively.
However, Sagardeep was not so successful as there were not many applicants, said a varsity official.
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