The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) programmes have found many takers in Saudi Arabia, which has promised recognition to its courses. IGNOU has already registered about 230 students, majority of them Indians, by July end for 2006-07 academic session for its 26 programmes being offered there through its representative agency ATEICO Communications, said IGNOU international division director Pankaj Khare. The registration will continue till August 31, he said. Last year, about 180 students had taken admission. "The increasing response is due to the assurance of the Saudi Arabia Government to recognise our courses. If the courses are recognised, IGNOU students, who are mostly Indian expatriates, will be able to use their certificates for further study and Government jobs there," he said. The assurance was given by Saudi Arabia's Higher Education Minister Khalid Al-Angary to Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh when he visited the country last month. IGNOU has been offering 26 courses in bachelor, masters and management since 2004. At present, the total number of students under IGNOU programmes is about 800, 90 per cent of them being Indians. - PTI