IGNOU Regional Centre, Khanna came into existence in April 2001 after the bifurcation of Karnal Regional Centre. This Regional Centre had its jurisdiction over the entire state of Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. In the year 2009, RC Khanna was further bifurcated and a new Regional Centre Chandigarh was established. The districts of Patiala, Roop Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali and the UT of Chandigarh were shifted to RC Chandigarh. Having started with only 12 study centres, it now has 46 study centres running successfully under its jurisdictional area with programmes from the wide spectrum of Schools of Computer & Information Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Performing & Visual Arts, Education, Continuing Education, Management Studies, Agriculture, Social Work, Sciences and Health Sciences.
These programmes, both short-term and long-term leading to Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees are conventional as well as innovative and have been launched with a view to fulfill the learners’ needs for certification, improvement of skills, acquisition of professional qualifications, self-enrichment, diversification and updation of knowledge.
As per the University’s policy of providing quality education to its learners not only through self-instructional study materials but also through audio/visual material aids, counselling sessions and Teleconferences facilities, Regional Centre Khanna has teleconferencing and Edusat facilities at Ludhiana apart from the Regional Centre itself. Moreover, a GyanVani FM radio channel is also being broadcast from AIR, Jalandhar. Regional Centre Khanna is also imparting education to the jail inmates in the districts of Barnala, Amritsar and Ludhiana. With the help of hard working people at the Regional Centre and learner support centres, RC Khanna is able to democratize education in the state and provide the opportunity of education to all sections of the society irrespective of the caste, creed, age, sex and demographic differences.