Tamil Nadu Open University(TNOU) is a University established by the government of Tamil Nadu, India. It offers subjects in the Open pattern. There is a minimum set of qualifications for entry. Diplomas, certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered. It is modelled on the lines of the Indira Gandhi National Open University. It has ease of entry and a flexible examination system as the main advantages. Its vocational courses are useful for knowledge as well as job opportunities. It is situated at Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu Open University was established by an Act (No.27 of 2002) of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of Tamil Nadu 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. In the main, it aims to reach the hitherto unreached. The University offers many Programmes in various disciplines.
Towards becoming a Centre of Excellence in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) by offering quality programs to meet the current and emerging needs of the adult population, by widening the access to higher education and by functioning as a catalyst to bridge social, including digital divides and to build a developed India, Tamil Nadu Open University shall:
Evolve flexible and robust curricula to widen educational access, deepen knowledge frontiers and create entrepreneurial skill sets.
Reach the rural communities through lifelong learning programmes for livelihood improvement.
Establish networked environments for quality assurance.
Foster private-public partnerships.
Bridge the digital divide and implement 'anywhere, anytime' learning environments.
Become a digital repository for ODL in the State facilitating Research and Development for new knowledge creation.