Tamil Nadu Open University

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Tamil Nadu Open University
Tamil Nadu Open University logo.jpg
MottoEducation for all and ever
ChancellorBanwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu
Vice-ChancellorV C Committee
AffiliationsUniversity Grants Commission (India)

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. 30 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Tamil Nadu Open University: UG/PG Practical Examination March 2014 Hall Tickets Download". Jagran Josh.com. 25 February 2014.
  3. ^ Jagran Josh (22 September 2015). "Tamil Nadu Open University got UGC recognition". Jagran Josh.com.
  4. ^ Anupama Mili (23 November 2017). "Kerala: Out of state varsities flout rules". Deccan Chronicle.
  5. ^ Ashmita Gupta (10 January 2016) [5 September 2015]. "VCs upset over UGC's stand on online courses". Deccan Chronicle.
  6. ^ Anisha Singh (6 April 2017). "Distance Education: Where To Pursue Courses In Distance Mode In India". NDTV.
  7. ^ "About the University". Tamil Nadu Open University. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  8. ^ "67-year-old defies odds to pursue her MA". The Times of India. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Five-decade-old dream comes true for 67-year-old". The Hindu. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  10. ^ A Selvaraj (7 July 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