Tamil Nadu Open University

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Tamil Nadu Open University
Tamil Nadu Open University logo.jpg
Motto Education for all and ever
Type Public
Established 2002
Chancellor Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu
Vice-Chancellor M. Bhaskaran
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Campus Urban
Affiliations University Grants Commission (India)
Website www.tnou.ac.in

Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) is an Indian institution for open and distance learning established by the government of Tamil Nadu, India. It was founded in 2002 and is based in Chennai.

The university was established by the Legislative Assembly of the government of Tamil Nadu in Act 27 of 2002 to provide access to higher education for those who had been previously unable to pursue it.[1] It opened in 2003,[2] was recognized by the University Grants Commission in September 2015,[3] and is one of five universities approved to offer distance learning outside its state of establishment.[4] As of January 2016 it was one of 14 state open universities in India, which also has one national open university, Indira Gandhi National Open University;[5] as of April 2017 it was one of 111 distance learning institutions in the country.[6] As of December 2017 it offers 113 programmes of study at levels from certificate to post graduate and has 13 academic schools, five support divisions, a media centre and more than 600 learner support centres across Tamil Nadu.[7]

Students are admitted under two admission cycles, calendar year (January to June) and academic year (July to December). They include those living in remote and rural areas, working people, handicapped students, housewives and retirees such as a 67-year-old woman who later completed an MA in history with Madras University,[8][9] and prisoners.[10]


  1. ^ "Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai invites application for recruitment to various vacant posts". India Today. August 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tamil Nadu Open University: UG/PG Practical Examination March 2014 Hall Tickets Download". Jagran Josh.com. February 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jagran Josh (September 22, 2015). "Tamil Nadu Open University got UGC recognition". Jagran Josh.com. 
  4. ^ Anupama Mili (November 23, 2017). "Kerala: Out of state varsities flout rules". Deccan Chronicle. 
  5. ^ Ashmita Gupta (January 10, 2016) [September 5, 2015]. "VCs upset over UGC's stand on online courses". Deccan Chronicle. 
  6. ^ Anisha Singh (April 6, 2017). "Distance Education: Where To Pursue Courses In Distance Mode In India". NDTV. 
  7. ^ "About the University". Tamil Nadu Open University. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "67-year-old defies odds to pursue her MA". The Times of India. November 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Five-decade-old dream comes true for 67-year-old". The Hindu. November 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ A Selvaraj (July 7, 2017). "6,030 prisoners completed their academic courses in 2016-17 academic year, ADGP says". The Times of India. 

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Coordinates: 13°00′36″N 80°13′54″E / 13.009879°N 80.231711°E / 13.009879; 80.231711