Netaji Subhas Open University

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Netaji Subhas Open University
Established 1997
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Professor Subha Shankar Sarkar
Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC

Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) is an open university imparting distance education in eastern India.


It was established in 1997 to commemorate the birth centenary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It has its headquarters at 1, Woodburn Park, Kolkata - 700020, once the residence of Netaji. Its medium of instruction are English and Bengali. Modeled on the Open University, UK and the IGNOU, it offers courses in different disciplines of taught graduate and post-graduate study and is one of the largest growing distance education universities in eastern India.



The university functions from the following campuses:

NSOU Sector-V, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
  • Netaji Subhas Open University, 1 Woodburn Park, Kolkata 700020 (Headquarters of all administrative works)
  • Netaji Subhas Open University, 2nd Floor, 134/1, Meghnad Saha Sarani, Kolkata 700029 (School of Professional and Technological Studies, Office of the Controller of Examinations and Centre for Language Studies)
  • Netaji Subhas Open University, 24/8, Garcha 1st Lane, Kolkata 700019 (Transmission Centre of FM Channel Gyan Vani).
  • Netaji Subhas Open University, 1st Floor, K2, Bidhan Nagar Fire Station, Sector-V, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700091 (School of Sciences, Publications, Online and Video-Conferencing Units)
  • Ben Fish Bhavan, Salt Lake (another Print and Publication Section).

The university is developing a 15-acre (61,000 m2) integrated campus at Kalyani.

At present, the university is continuing its work with 192 Study Centres. In near future more study centres will be opened.


Programmes offered[edit]

The following programmes are offered by Netaji Subhas Open University.

Besides NSOU offers various certificate, diploma and postgraduate diploma courses.


The Central library of Netaji Subhas Open University is located at the Golpark Campus of the University (2nd Floor, 134/1, Meghnad Saha Sarani, Kolkata-29). Library facilities are also available at its Study Centres.

Accreditation & Recognition[edit]

Teaching methods[edit]

To provide individualized support to its students, NSOU has large number of Study Centres throughout West Bengal.

NSOU uses a variety of methods for distance learning:

1. Self Instructional Material: Self instructional study materials are distributed to the students through the Study Centres.

2. Audio-Video CD: Audio and video cassettes of a specific programme are supplied to the Study Centres. The audiotapes are run and video cassettes are screened at the Study Centres.

3. Personal Contact Programme: Instruction are imparted through self-instructional study materials and Personal Contact Programme. The Personal Contact Programme is generally held on Saturdays and Sundays.

4. Gyan Vani FM Channel: NSOU started the Gyan Vani FM, Kolkata, a radio channel on 105.4 MHz.

5. Interactive Radio Counselling: The University broadcasts different subjects on 4th Sunday of every month through All India Radio (AIR) at Kolkata B. Apart from the regular classes various topics on Awareness Programme; Support Services Special Programme of National importances are also broadcast.


In 2006, Netaji Subhas Open University received Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA) from Commonwealth of Learning (COL) for institutional excellence.[1]


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