Open or Distance Learning (ODL) system is an education system wherein teachers and learners do not need to be necessarily present either at the same place or at the same time. It is flexible in terms of modalities and timing of teaching and learning. The admission criteria are also liberal without compromising necessary quality considerations. In India, the ODL system comprises of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), State Open Universities (SOUs) and the institutions and universities that also include the Correspondence Course Institutes (CCIs) in the conventional dual mode. The powers on the ODL are currently vested with the University Grants Commission (UGC).
There has been a significant rise in the number of students who enroll in distance learning institutions. This enrollment is, in fact, considered important to improve the gross enrollment ratio in higher education in the country. These universities run under the regulations of the UGC and follow certain guidelines and standards set by the education body. There are many such universities in the country that are established in different states. Most of these universities have their regional or study centres in different states. IGNOU is the largest university that solely offers courses in distance learning education.
The universities provide undergraduate, post-graduate and other higher education courses. These universities offer certifications, diplomas and degrees. The courses offered belong to different disciplines such as arts, commerce and management and there are some vocational and technical courses.
The duration of the courses vary from six months to two or three years. However, different universities have separate norms and they sometimes expand the duration of the course up to five or six years.
Every university has its own admission criteria. On one hand, some universities give direct admissions to students, whereas on the other hand, some universities need to take an entrance test to give admissions.
The course fee varies with the type of course and the university offering it.
To know more about some of the prestigious distance learning universities, you can refer to the following table:
Distance Learning Universities in India
|University Name||Address||Contact Details||Website|
|Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi ||Maidan Garhi, IGNOU Rd, New Delhi, DL 110068 ||011 2957 1000 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.ignou.ac.in |
|Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik ||Gangapur to YCMOU Road, Near Gangapur Dam, Nashik, Maharashtra 422222 ||0253 223 1714 , borse_kb@|
|Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok ||National Highway 31A, Majitar, Sikkim 737136 ||, email@example.com ||www.smu.edu.in |
|IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute, Ghaziabad||A-16, Site-3, UPSIDC Industrial Area, Meerut Road, Ghaziabad-201003.||0120-6744744 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.imtcdl.ac.in|
|University of Mumbai, Mumbai ||Kalina, Santacruz, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400098 ||022 2654 3000 , email@example.com ||www.mu.ac.in |
|Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad ||Gachibowli, Hyderabad - 500 032 || 91-040-23006612/15 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.manuu.ac.in |
|Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad ||Prof.G.Ram Reddy Marg, Road No 46, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500033 ||040 2368 0000 , email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.braou.ac.in |
|Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune ||Symbiosis Bhavan, 1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road, Model Colony, Gokhale Rd, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411016 ||020 6621 1000 , ||www.scdl.net |
|Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad ||R.C. Technical Compound, Opp. Gujarat High Court, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, Sola, Ahmedabad-380 060.||+91 -079-27663748 , email@example.com ||www.baou.org |
|Annamalai University, Annamalainagar ||College Rd, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu 608002 || 04144 238 796 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||http://annamalaiuniversity.ac.in |
|Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata||Ghoshpara Station Rd, Block C, Kalyani, West Bengal || 033 2502 5066 , email@example.com ||www.wbnsou.ac.in|
|Osmania University, Hyderabad ||Osmania University Main Rd, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500007 ||040 2709 8043 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.oucde.ac.in |
|Shivaji University, Kolhapur ||Shivaji University Kolhapur, Vidya Nagar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra ||0231 260 9063 , email@example.com ||www.unishivaji.ac.in |
|Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal ||Kolar Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462016 ||0755 249 2105 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.bhojvirtualuniversity.com |
|Delhi University, Delhi ||5, Cavalry Lane, University of Delhi, Delhi - 110007. ||2766 7600, 2766 7166 , ||http://sol.du.ac.in|
|Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak || Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana 124001 ||1262-274327 , ||www.mdudde.net |
|Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur || Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh 522510 ||0863 234 6114 , email@example.com. ||www.nagarjunauniversity.ac.in |
|Shreemati Nathibai Daodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women's University, Mumbai ||Sir Vithaldas Vidyavihar, JUHU Road, Santacruz (West), Mumbai , MH, 400049, Daulat Nagar, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054 ||022 2660 6648 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.sndt.ac.in |
|Alagappa University, Karaikudi ||College Road, Alagappa Puram, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu 630004 || 04565 226 250 , registraralagappauniv @gmail.com ||www.alagappauniversity.ac.in |
|Andhra University, Visakhapatnam ||Karachettu Rd, AU North Campus, Andhra University North Campus, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530003 ||0891 275 4586 , vicechancellor@|
|University of Madras, Chennai ||Chepauk, Chennai City, , Tamil Nadu -600005|| 044 2539 9563 , email@example.com ||www.unom.ac.in |
|Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla ||Boileauganj to Summer hill, Summer Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005 ||0177 283 0912 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||http://hpuniv.nic.in |
|U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad||Shantipuram Awas Yojna, Sector-F, Phaphamau, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211013 ||0532 244 7035 , email@example.com ||www.uprtou.org.in|
|Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai ||No 577, Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600015 || 044 2430 6600 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.tnou.ac.in |
|Karnataka State Open University, Mysore ||14th Cross, 2nd Stage, Manasa Gangothri Campus, Gokulam, Manasa Gangothri, Mysore, Karnataka 570006 ||097 39 330033 , email@example.com ||www.ksoumysore.com |
|Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai ||Alagar Kovil Main Rd, Madurai, Tamil Nadu ||0452 245 8471 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.mkuniversity.org |
|Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota || Rawatbhata RoadKota - 324021 (Rajasthan) .. ||+91-0744-2470578, email@example.com. ||www.vmou.ac.in |
|Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra ||Kurukshetra University, Thanesar, Haryana 136119 ||01744 238 169 , firstname.lastname@example.org ||www.kuk.ac.in |
|University of Calicut, Kozhikode ||Korachankandy, Thenhipalam, Kerala 673635 || 0494 240 7227 , email@example.com ||www.universityofcalicut.info |
|Kakatiya University, Warangal ||NH 7, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh 506009 ||0870 246 1459 , firstname.lastname@example.org. ||www.kuwarangal.com |