The IGNOU North-Eastern Regional Centre at Shillong became functional on 16th April 1988 headed by Dr R.V.Vyas as its first Regional Director. The entire North East Region of the country was under the jurisdiction of this centre. It was known as the North East Regional Centre of the Indira Gandhi National Open University. In the month of March 1996, the Guwahati Regional Centre of the University was set up to look after the student support services in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. As a result the jurisdiction of the Shillong Regional centre was remained with five states viz. Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura. From the year 2000-2001, under the North-East Educational Development Project (NEEDP), IGNOU Regional Centre was established in each of the north eastern states including Sikkim. Thus, IGNOU Regional Centre Shillong was left with the responsibility of looking after the Student Support Services within the state of Meghalaya only.
IGNOU is a CENTRAL UNIVERSITY established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 (Act No. 50 of 1985). IGNOU Degrees/ Diplomas/ Certificates are recognised by all the members of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and are at par with Degrees/ Diplomas/ Certificates of all Indian Universities/ Deemed Universities/ Institutions vide UGC Circular No. F.1-52/2000(CPP-II) dated 5th May, 2004, AIU Circular No. EV/II(449)/94/176915-1777115 dated January 14, 1994 & AICFTE Circlular No. AICTE/Academic/MOU-DEC/2005 dated May 13, 2005.