Port Blair, Jan 11: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been accorded A++ grade by NAAC. IGNOU is the first higher educational institute in the open distance learning (ODL) mode to be accredited by NAAC. This comes as a New Year gift to the largest university in the world. Thus, IGNOU has become one among the very few educational institutions accorded with the A++ grade. Getting an A++ grade at the first accreditation cycle is a rare achievement for any educational institute in India and IGNOU through its consistent and affirmative efforts has made it possible. IGNOU takes the pride and congratulates all its staff, learner support centres staff, students, alumni and all the stakeholders across the country in making this remarkable achievement. A communication from the Regional Director, IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair said.