Tamil Nadu Open University(TNOU) is the 10th Open University in the country, was established in 2002 by the government of Tamil Nadu, India. This university aims at benefitting the sections of people who have been deprived of and/or denied access to higher education. The community of the deprived includes the destitute, the physically challenged, the working men and women, the economically weaker and marginalised people, and the drop-outs owing to various reasons. In nutshell, it aims at reaching the hitherto unreached. Within a decade, since its existence, the TNOU has remarkably catered to the learning needs of more than 5 lakh students with over 100 programmes, through 13 schools and 7 divisions. It has a well-knitted network of student support services with 4 University Co-ordinating Centres (UCC), 152 Learning Resource Centres (LRC), 165 Computer Programme Centres, 195 Community Colleges, 10 General B.Ed. Programme Study Centres (PSC), 13 Special B.Ed. Programme Study Centres, 9 Special Centres in Prisons, 33 Off-campus Centres, 3 Counselling and Psychotherapy Centres. In addition, the University has entered into a MoU with various Virtual Study Centres (VSCs).
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 No.577,Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai-15.