LIST OF TOP STATE OPEN UNIVERSITIES
There are at present 13 State Open Universities set up by the respective state grants. They are single mode institutions, which means they provide education only in the distance’ mode. These universities cater to people who are unable to pursue regular courses due to various reasons. These Universities are also instrumental in shaping the career growth of learners who are already employed.
Here is a detailed list of these Universities and the Courses offered by them:
With a wide network of 206 study centres spread throughout the State of Andhra Pradesh, the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) has created a meaningful difference in the area of Distance Learning. Formerly known as Andhra Pradesh Open University, it is located on a panoramic elevated site of 53.63 acres in Jubilee Hills in the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The University, the first of its kind in the country, was brought into being through an act of Andhra Pradesh State Legislature on August 26, 1982. In 1983, the University started functioning with a modest learner enrolment of 6,321 and 22 Study Centres. Since then, there has been a steady growth in intake and an increase in the number of Study Centres. The University has for its motto “Education At Your Doorstep”. The University follows a multi-media teaching-learning approach which broadly comprises self-learning print material, supported by audio, video lessons and regular broadcast of lessons through All India Radio. The University offers Under Graduate programmes, Post Graduate programmes, Diplomas, PG Diplomas, Certificate programmes, MPhil in 10 departments and PhD in 11 departments.
Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU) is a pioneering institution for open learning in Rajasthan. Previously known as Kota Open University, it came into being in 1987 with the amalgamation of two institutes of correspondence courses, viz. Institute of Correspondence Studies and Continuing Education, Jaipur and College of Correspondence Studies, Udaipur with a view to strengthening and achieving proper coordination among the scattered vast distance education resources. The major objective of VMOU is to provide educational opportunities to a larger segment of the population, particularly to disadvantaged groups such as SC/ST, people living in rural and remote areas, women and in-service people. The University offers 133 Academic Programmes, which include PhD, M.Phil., Post Graduation, Graduation, P.G. Diploma, Diploma and Certificate Programmes. 86 Study Centres and 21 Regional Centres have been set up in different cities in the State to provide regular information and learning support.
The Nalanda Open University was established in March 1987 by an Ordinance, promulgated by the Government of Bihar. Nalanda Open University Act, 1995 was passed by the Bihar Legislature, replacing the Ordinance. It is the only University in the State of Bihar meant for imparting learning exclusively through the system of distance education. The University is named after the famous Nalanda University of ancient India. At present, the University is functioning from its camp office at Patna. The University has established at its camp office at Patna a well-equipped and fully-automated modem office in an area of approximately 60,000 sq. feet, which houses an examination centre for about 1,000 students, a state-of-the-art library with about 500 tides and a computer laboratory of about 300 IBM Pentium-4 computers, apart from administrative offices and other infrastructure facilities. The University is recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC), University Grants Commission (UGC), and Ministry of HRD, Government of India for imparting education through distance mode. The University aims to provide educational opportunities to those who are unable to take up formal education and are still desirous to upgrade their educational qualifications and acquire knowledge in various fields of learning through the print medium (correspondence course), contact programmes, study centres and mass media. At present, there are 10 schools operational under Nalanda Open University which offer Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma and Certificate programmes.
The State of Maharashtra has a long and rich tradition of educational reforms. It was therefore appropriate that the State realised the need of an open university. The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) was established in July 1989. It is the fifth Open University in the country. The University offers several off-line programmes and has also embarked on a number of innovative on-line initiatives. The YCMOU has its headquarters at Nashik and provides support to its learners through Study Centres, which are spread all over the State of Maharashtra. A technological leap was witnessed by the University with the launching of EduSat-based education, supported by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The University has established several Virtual Learning. Centres (VLC) in the State, each having full-fledged two-way audio and video communication facilities. The University offers a wide range of programmes from the short-term certificate level up to the research and doctoral level. These programmes cover diverse academic disciplines and are coordinated by the eight academic schools of the University.
The University currently offers 200+ different academic programmes comprising several hundred courses (subjects). Every year, on an average, 1,50,000 new students are registered for the various programmes. The cumulative enrolment, as it stands today, is in excess of 29,00,000 students. 11 Regional Centres and over 30 multi-programme Study Centres provide various academic and student support services to these students. If one considers the programme wise Study Centres, the number is in excess of 4,500. These Study Centres are distributed all over the State of Maharashtra, having an area of about 3 lakh sq. km (about 800 km north-south & 600 km east-west). The university also takes all precautions, at all programme stages from ‘Curriculum Design’ to ‘Examination’, to ensure that the standards and quality of education and examinations are preserved. The massive volume of the distance learning system handled by the University and its overall scale of operations and achievements have contributed to YCMOU being enlisted as one of the Mega Open Universities of the world.
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University is named to honour the illustrious king Raja Bhoj Deva, a great patron of learning. Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University (MPBOU) was established under an Act of State Assembly in 1991 widi its headquarters situated at Bhopal. The National Policy of Education (NPE) 1986 emphasised that distance education is an important medium for the development and promotion of higher education. In this context, for the expansion and promotion of distance education, the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), Government of India took an important decision that in the 8th Five-Year plan every State should establish a State Open University following the distance education pattern. On this basis, Madhya
Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University (MPBOU) was established. One of the important objectives of the University is the extension and expansion of Higher Education by reaching the unreached through flexible means suited to the open and distance education mode using emerging Information and Communication Technology. In view of this objective maximum study centres of MPBOU are in those areas where there are no other system of higher education in the vicinity of 30 km. The University also gives due emphasis to special target groups of learners coming from rural/tribal areas and those suffering from the physical disabilities. The MPBOU has an enrolment of 1.5 lakh students and it is the second largest Open University in the country. Eleven Regional Centres and one Sub-Regional Centre of the University are located at Bhopal, Bilaspur, Durg, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Jagdalpur (Bastar), Raipur, Sagar, Ujjain, Rewa and Satna and serve as the regional link centres for the delivery of the university programmes through over 1049 Study Centres. These Study Centres are located in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and in major cities of the country. The University offers 85 Academic Programmes including Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma Certificate programmes, M.Phil and PhD.
The Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) is the seventh Open University in the country in terms of its establishment. Itwas established by the Act No. 14of 1994 passed by the Gujarat State Legislature, and assented to by the Governor of Gujarat on July 27, 1994. The University offers 72 programmes with an enrolment of more than 1,00,000 learners. The headquarters of the University is located at Ahmedabad. The University has established Regional Centre on the campus of South Gujarat University, Rajkot and has initiated the process of establishing another Regional Centre on the campus of North Gujarat University, Patan. The University has more than 507 Study Centres. It has jurisdiction over the whole State of Gujarat. It is open to all persons irrespective of classes, castes, creeds, religions or sex.
The various courses offered by the University are—Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme (BPP), Certificate Courses, Diploma Courses, PG Diploma Courses, Under-Graduate Courses, PG Courses, Joint Programme with IHTM, Vocational & Professional course, B.Ed. and PhD.
Along with the 4 existing schools, i.e the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Commerce & Management and School of Computer Science, two new schools, i.e. School of Science and School of Agriculture are to be started. Academic Planning Board and Board of Management have already approved. The University would soon launch BAOU Journal of Distance Education. The University has decided to establish Gujarat Gyan Kendra and Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Study and Research Centre. The University is well on its course to provide opportunities for higher education to a large segment of the population and promote the educational well-being of the community generally.
Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) is considered to be a reputed Open University amongst the open learning institutions in the country. It was established in June 1996. It is situated at the North-western end of the Manasagangotri campus, Mysore. During 2009-10, the student enrolment in the University crossed 1 lakh. The Programmes offered by the Karnataka State Open University range from the traditional programmes to the professional and technical programmes. Unique programmes include pre-school education, agriculture, theatre, handicrafts, information technology, aviation, health science, hospitality management, creative teaching, teacher education, fine arts and other areas of management.
The Karnataka State Open University has been recognised by the following well-known organisations: It is a regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi. Permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) London, UK;
Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China. It also has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
The University is also authorised by the Act to launch the programmes through collaborative arrangements. The University also launched MBA-Online education during 2010-11, so that, it will help impart quality education to the management clientele in . various parts of the world. The University encourages the students of Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes by way of Fee Reimbursement under SC/ST government scholarships. It also encourages the students of economically weaker sections under “Mukta Sanjivni” Scholarship programme. The University offers Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma Certificate programmes, M.Phil, PhD, Online programmes and IGNOU adopted programmes.
The Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) is engaged in the task of realising its vision ‘to reach the unreached’. It is the premier State Open University in India. It was established by West Bengal Act (XIX) of 1997 in the birth centenary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and is recognised by UGC. The University started functioning with effect from July 1998 Semester, only with the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Arts & Commerce to provide an opportunity of higher education in the vernacular medium to various disadvantaged groups of aspiring learners. It is the tenth Open University of the country and the ninth State Open University. Currently the University has attained the status of Mega University, with more than 2,50,000 learners in more than 72 courses and 120 Study Centres. The University functions from its six campuses. The Academic Programme of the University include PhD, Bachelor Degree Programme (BDP), Second Degree Programme (SDP), Post Graduate Degree Programme, Certificate Course, Diploma Courses, Post Graduate Diploma, Professional Courses, Innovative and Vocational Courses and Preparatory Courses.
Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University is a public university located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. The university is open to all irrespective of caste, creed or sex and its jurisdiction is all of Uttar Pradesh. As the State is vast, geographically, the University has established five Regional Centres to cater to the needs of their respective regions. The UPRTOU, Allahabad was established under Act No. 10/1999 passed by UP Legislature and assented to by the Governor of UP on March 24, 1999. The University was named after Bharat Ratna Rajarshi Purusottam Das Tandon, an illustrious son of mother India, who made great sacrifices for the sake of our independence and dedicated himself I to the cause of Hindi as a national language. The University has I carved for itself a special place among the premier academic institutions of distance mode of higher education. It has witnessed very rapid expansion in various spheres of its activities. Presently, the University offers more than 90 programmes with its headquarters located at Allahabad and a network of five Regional Centres, more than 400 Study Centres across the State of Uttar Pradesh. The University has brought higher education within the reach of a large segment of urban and rural population. The degrees, diplomas and other programmes offered by the University are duly recognised by the joint committee of UGC, AICTE and DEC.
The University has 8 Schools of Study i.e. School of Management Studies; School of Computer and Information Sciences; School of Education; School of Humanities; School of Social Sciences; School of Sciences; School of Health Sciences and School of Agriculture Sciences. It offers Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma, Certificate programmes and various Awareness programmes.
The Government of Tamil Nadu in order to benefit those, who have been deprived of and/or denied the access to higher education especially destitute, physically challenged, working men
and women, economically weaker sections of the society, and those who discontinued education for various reasons, etc. planned to take the first step towards providing Distance Learning. As a result, Tamil Nadu Open University was established in 2002 by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The University has also been recognised internationally and is a member of South Asian Foundation and Asian Association of Open Universities. Launching of all programmes in Tamil, designing, developing and printing of all its study materials and producing its own educational audio/video cassettes are also in the offing. The University has also established 334 Information Centres at Taluk levels to enable those who are longing for, but are forced to remain away from the folds of Higher Education. The University has 13 Schools of Study i.e. School of Management Studies; School of Humanities; School of Social Sciences; School of Education; School of Continuing Education; School of Sciences; School of Special Education and Rehabilitation; School of Health Sciences; School of Computer Sciences; School of Criminology; School of History and Tourism Studies; School of New Media Studies and School of Politics and Public Administration.
The Programmes offered are—Professional Programmes; Post- Graduate Programmes; Under-Graduate Programmes; Diploma Programmes; Certificate Programmes; Vocational Educational Programmes; B.Ed. Programmes and Catering and Hotel Administration Programmes.
Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Open University was established by the Chhattisgarh Legislature in the 55th year of the Republic of India. The purpose behind setting up Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Open University (PSSOU) is aiming at educating more and more people belonging to rural areas, socially, economically backwards and to those who have craving for education but cannot manage
to go far in distant big cities. The University operates in the entire region of Chhattisgarh. It is the 11th State Open University.
The university is structured into 7 faculties i.e. Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Computer Science (DCA, PGDCA, and BCA Programme) and Faculty of Yoga, Jyotish and Vastu. Regional centres were established at Bilaspur, Raipur, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur. The University offers Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma Certificate programmes, M.Phil and PhD Programmes.
Uttarakhand Open University is the 12th State Open University set up at Haldwani, Nainital in Uttarakhand. The objective behind setting up Uttarakhand Open University (UOU) was to cater to the educational needs of the target groups through the open systems of learning and create skilled and knowledge-based human resource for speedy uplift and development of the State in particular. Uttarakhand Open University was established by an Act of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly on October 31, 2005 (Act No. 23 of 2005), as the newly formed Uttarakhand State’s first and only Open University. The University operates through a network of eight Regional Centres and more than 300 Study Centres across the State. The education and training are being imparted through various means of communication that include study material,
The University operates through a network of eight Regional Centres and more than 300 Study Centres across the State. The education and training are being imparted through various means of communication that include study material, counselling, workshops, seminars, contact programmes or combination of any two or more of such means. The study material is designed in self-learning mode that makes distance learning effective. To strengthen the learning process, practical training is also conducted. In some of the programmes, blended mode of distance and conventional learning is being used. As mandated by the Act, the University is also setting up colleges in specialised areas. The University offers courses under 13 Schools of Study i.e. School of Social Science, School of Management Studies & Commerce, School of Tourism & Hotel Management, School of Agriculture & Development Studies, School of Health Sciences, School of Education, School of Computer Sciences & Information Technology, School of Sciences, School of Humanities, School of Journalism & Media Studies, School of Library & Information Sciences, School of Law and School of Vocational Studies. It offers Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma Certificate programmes, M.Phil and PhD Programmes.
Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University was established to provide quality higher education through open and distance learning mode in order to reach the unreached sections of the society. It is first of its kind in the entire North-East and fourteenth amongst the Open Universities in India. It was established in 1995 with its headquarters in Guwahati, Assam. The Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme (BPP) is the first academic programme which was introduced by the University in 2008. This programme was introduced for those learners who could not pursue higher education for various reasons. The number of Study Centres under this University has witnessed a giant leap having the number increased to 220 since the time of its inception when the number of Study Centres was 79. The course structures of the university have been designed on a par with the national curriculum. Along with the traditional programmes, the University offers various professional Certificate and Diploma programmes to enable the already-enrolled students in various colleges and educational institutions of the State to pursue add-on studies simultaneously with their regular courses. The programmes of the University are so designed that it can spread education to all the learners of the region. The University has been offering several academic programmes. At present, the university is offering around 40 academic programmes in humanities, Science, Social sciences and professional areas, such as — Ph. D., Master’s, bachelor’s degree, BPP, Diploma, and Certificate programme. The University also provides various vocational training courses.
The programmes of the University are so designed that it can spread education to all the learners of the region. The University has been offering several academic programmes. At present, the university is offering around 40 academic programmes in humanities, Science, Social sciences and professional areas, such as — Ph. D., Master’s, bachelor’s degree, BPP, Diploma, and Certificate programme. The University also provides various vocational training courses.
There are at present 13 State Open Universities set up by the respective state grants (as per details below), are single mode institutions, which means they provide education only in the distance mode. These universities cater to people who are unable to pursue regular courses due to various reasons. These Universities are also instrumental in shaping the career growth of learner who are already employed.
|S.No.||Name of the SOU||Address||Phone No.s||Email/Website|
|1.||Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), Hyderabad, A.P. – (1982)||Prof. G. Ram Reddy Marg Road No.46, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500033||Tel: 91-40-23544910|
|2.||Vardhman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU), Kota, Rajasthan – (1987)||Rawatbhata Road, Akhelgarh, Kota-324010, Rajasthan||Tel: 91-744-2471254|
|3.||Nalanda Open University (NOU). Patna, Bihar – (1987)||IIIrd Floor, Biscomaun Bhawan, West Gandhi Maidan, Patna – 800001, Bihar||Tel: 91-612-2201013|
Fax: 0612 2201001
|4.||Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik, Maharashtra – (1989)||Dnyanagangotri, Near Gangapur Dam, Nashik-422222, Maharashtra||Tel: 91-253-2231714, 2231715|
|5.||Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University (MPBOU), Bhopal, M.P. – (1991)||I.T.I (Gas Rahat), Building Govindpura, Bhopal – 462 023||Tel: 0755 2784102, 5272017|
Fax: 91-755- 2600704
|6.||Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU), Ahmedabad, Gujarat – (1994)||Govt. Bungalow No.9, Dafnala, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad-380003, Gujarat||Tel: 91-79-22869690/91|
|7.||Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore, Karnataka – (1996)||Manasagangotri, Mysore – 570006, Karnataka||Tel: 91-821-2515149|
|8.||Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU), Kolkata, W.B. – (1997)||1, Woodburn Park, Kolkata -700020, West Bengal||Tel: 91-33-22835157|
|9.||U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), Allahabad, U.P. – (1998)||17, Maharshi Dayanand Marg (Thornhill Road), Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh||Tel: 91-532-2621840, 2623250|
|10.||Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU), Chennai, Tamil Nadu – (2002)||Directorate of Technical Education Campus, Guindy, Chennai-600 025||Phone: 044-22351414|
Fax: 044 2220 0601
|11.||Pt. Sunderlal Sharma Open University (PSSOU), Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh – (2005)||Near Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Park, Vayapar Vihar, Bilaspur (Chattisgarh) -495001||Phone No: 07752 – 514255|
Telefax : (0771) 2221259
|12.||Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, Distt. Nainitall, Uttarakhand||Teenpani Bypass Road, Transport Nagar, Haldwani-263139, Distt. Nainital, Uttarakhand||Tel: +91 5946 261122, +91 5946 261123|
Fax: +91 5946 264232
Toll Free No.18001804025
|13.||Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University, Guwahati, Assam||Housefed Complex, Last Gate, Dispur, Guwahati – 781006, Assam||Ph. No: (0361) 2235971, 2235642|
Fax: (0361) 2235398
A step-by-step guide to a typical Open University Course
- Choose your (courses work like modules)
- Register and pay – you could be eligible for help with fees
- Your course materials delivered
- You will have access to a course website and can contact your tutor and other students on your
- You study in your own time at home, at work, or on the move
- Your tutor may organise a tutorial so that you can meet other students
- Submit your assignments when they are due. Your tutor will send you feedback
- Some students organise informal study groups to support each other
- Your course may have an online alternative
- All your assignments are complete, and then, it is time to revise
- Complete your end-of-course assessment or take your examination
- Now, it is a good time to start thinking about your next course
- You have passed !
- Choose and register for your next