Top Distance Education Universities in India

Location Map of Top Distance Education Universities in India

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).

Distance Learning Universities in India

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.

Courses Offered

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.

Advantages of Distance Learning Universities:

  • These universities give an ample opportunity to the drop-out students to continue their education.
  • One can work and study simultaneously though distance learning mode.
  • These universities save the classroom time.
  • Most of these universities provide study materials that are not only useful for the students but also act as a self guide for them.

To know more about some of the prestigious distance learning universities, you can refer to the following table:


Distance Learning Universities in India

University NameAddressContact DetailsWebsite
Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi Maidan Garhi, IGNOU Rd, New Delhi, DL 110068 011 2957 1000 ,
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 ,
IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute, GhaziabadA-16, Site-3, UPSIDC Industrial Area, Meerut Road, Ghaziabad-201003.0120-6744744 ,
University of Mumbai, Mumbai Kalina, Santacruz, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400098 022 2654 3000 ,
Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad Gachibowli, Hyderabad - 500 032 91-040-23006612/15 ,
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad Prof.G.Ram Reddy Marg, Road No 46, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500033 040 2368 0000 ,
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 ,
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad R.C. Technical Compound, Opp. Gujarat High Court, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, Sola, Ahmedabad-380 060.+91 -079-27663748 ,
Annamalai University, Annamalainagar College Rd, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu 608002 04144 238 796 ,
Netaji Subhas Open University, KolkataGhoshpara Station Rd, Block C, Kalyani, West Bengal 033 2502 5066 ,
Osmania University, Hyderabad Osmania University Main Rd, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500007 040 2709 8043 ,
Shivaji University, Kolhapur Shivaji University Kolhapur, Vidya Nagar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 0231 260 9063 ,
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal Kolar Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462016 0755 249 2105 ,
Delhi University, Delhi 5, Cavalry Lane, University of Delhi, Delhi - 110007. 2766 7600, 2766 7166 ,
Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana 124001 1262-274327 ,
Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh 522510 0863 234 6114 ,
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 ,
Alagappa University, Karaikudi College Road, Alagappa Puram, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu 630004 04565 226 250 , registraralagappauniv
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 ,
Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla Boileauganj to Summer hill, Summer Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005 0177 283 0912 ,
U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University, AllahabadShantipuram Awas Yojna, Sector-F, Phaphamau, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211013 0532 244 7035 ,
Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai No 577, Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600015 044 2430 6600 ,
Karnataka State Open University, Mysore 14th Cross, 2nd Stage, Manasa Gangothri Campus, Gokulam, Manasa Gangothri, Mysore, Karnataka 570006 097 39 330033 ,
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai Alagar Kovil Main Rd, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 0452 245 8471 ,
Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota Rawatbhata RoadKota - 324021 (Rajasthan) .. +91-0744-2470578,
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra Kurukshetra University, Thanesar, Haryana 136119 01744 238 169 ,
University of Calicut, Kozhikode Korachankandy, Thenhipalam, Kerala 673635 0494 240 7227 ,
Kakatiya University, Warangal NH 7, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh 506009 0870 246 1459 ,

State wise Distance Universities in India

Andhra PradeshMaharashtra
Arunachal PradeshMeghalaya
himachal PradeshTamil Nadu
Jammu and KashmirTripura
KeralaUttar Pradesh
Madhya PradeshWest Bengal

Last Updated on : July 8, 2015