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Distance Education and Open Universities In India

I have tried to give some best education sites and address of leading distance education institutions and open universities in India  for those visitors who could not complete their higher education for some reasons or who wants to improve their qualifications along with their present profession and job.

Leading open university in India (IGNOU)

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Indira Gandhi National Open University is a  reputed, popular and leading Open Universities not only in India but also in Asia. It is established by Indian Parliament as a central University. The university offers varieties of courses i.e. UG, PG and Ph.d  level Degrees in Science, Humanities and Computer Science, Management programs, MBA, Library Sciences, Journalism, Various type of Diploma courses, and Certificate programs.  For details click on the above link.

Department of Secondary & Higher Education

You can find here all the details about Secondary & Higher Education as well as the list of  open universities and courses offered by them. Click the above link to logon the site.

Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU)

Dnyanagangotri, Near Gangapur Dam, Nashik-422005,
Maharashtra, India

Tel.: 91-253-340228
Fax: 91-253-341716
E-mail : ycmou@vsnl.com
Website : www.ycmou.com
Total Enrollment in 2000 : 397881


  • Ph..D. Programmes in Communication; Educational Communication Distance Education
  • M.Phil
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Science
  • Master of  Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • B.Ed (for In-service Teachers) Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of  Library Science
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diplomas & Certificate programs

National Open School (NOS)


This is the best Institute in India for distance  secondary education. Log on to view courses offered by them, online results, Examination schedules, Study centre details and admission   schedules etc.


Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (1982)

Road No.46, Jubilee Hills,
Hyderabad - 500033, Andhra Pradesh, India
Tel.: 91-40-3544910
Fax: 91-40-3544830
E-mail : braouap@hdl.dot.net.in
Website :
Total Enrollment in 2000 : 318650

  • PhD in Development Studies
  • M.Phil  in Development Studies
  • Master’s Degree in History
  • Master’s  Degree in Economics
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration
  • Master’s Degree in Political Science
  • Master’s Degree in Mathematics
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Master’s Degree in Library Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Arts
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Library & Information Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations

Himachal Pradesh University Shimla (ICDEOL)

Directorate of Distance Education of Himachal Pradesh University  also offers UG and PG level courses through distance education system. The university  conducts the exam in almost all the major cities in India. Click the above link to visit the University Site.

Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University (1991)

Red Cross Bhawan, Shivaji Nagar, Bhopal-462016,
Madhya Pradesh,India
Tel.: 91-755-550606
Fax: 91-755-550606
E-mail : rr@rbubhop.mp.nic.in
Website :
Total Enrollment in 2000 : 55912

Kota Open University (1987)

Rawatbhata Road, Akhelgarh, Kota-324010,
Rajasthan, India
Tel.: 91-744-421254
Fax: 91-744-421769
E-mail :
Website :
Total Enrollment in 2000 : 8793

Nalanda Open University (1987)

Camp. Office, 9 , Adarsh Colony, Kidwaipuri, Patna - 800001, Bihar, India
Tel.: 91-612-234330
Fax: 91-612-228513

Courses on the Offer

  • M.A. in Political Science
  • M.A. in Psychology
  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor in Library & Information Science
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
  • Certificate in Computing
  • Certificate in Food & Nutrition

U.P.Rajarshi Tandon Open University (1998)

17, Maharshi Dayanand  Marg (Thornhill Road), Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Tel.: 91-532-2621840, 2623250
Fax: 91-532-2624368
E-mail : uprtou_alld@hclinfinet.com
Website : www.uprtou.com
Total Enrollment in 2004 : 22172

List of Some Other State Open Universities

  1. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), Hyderabad, A.P.
  2. Vardhman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU), Kota, Rajasthan
  3. Nalanda Open University (NOU). Patna, Bihar
  4. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharahstra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik, Maharashtra
  5. Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University (MPBOU), Bhopal, M.P.
  6. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU), Ahmedabad, U.P.
  7. Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore, Karnataka
  8. Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU), Kolkata, W.B.
  9. U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), Allahabad, U.P.
  10. Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  11. Pt. Sunderlal Sharma Open University (PSSO), Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
  12. Uttaranchal Open University, Haldwani-263141, Nainital


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