Distance Education in India

The revolution in information technology has changed the way distance education is perceived both in India and abroad. Distance education in India is managed by 40 correspondence directorates and two clearly defined types of universities open-mode and dual mode. The Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi is a national university and the others are state universities that function in collaboration with laws and regulations formed by IGNOU.

Advantages of correspondence studies in India

Traditionally considered as inferior to regular college education, distance education in India has changed over the years to a mode of learning that facilitates higher studies and specialization for professionals who work and at the same time wish to continue with further studies.

This perhaps is the greatest advantage of online study courses. There are no time restrictions on the student. Candidates are spared the trouble of traveling to college campuses daily and attending regular classes. The same level of instruction and quality is now being disseminated through online media, audio visual techniques, virtual classes etc.

Financially viable
Most of the distance learning programs are nominally priced courses. Besides most of the course material is available online through computer based trainings, and other technology facilitated interactive material.

24 *7 Support
Distance education in India has changed a lot as institutions are adopting Internet and application technology to provide support to students. They can access study material through the net and can join virtual forums for clarification of doubts and interaction with subject experts.

Greater Outreach
This mode of education has turned into a boon for students who live in areas that still lack educational infrastructure and lack of good teachers. Students today can easily decide on when and where to take an online class. Studies are no more dependent on the presence of a teacher, instructor and classroom.

List of Distance Learning Universities in India

Names of the University Contact Details
Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education DDE Building,Chidambaram,

Annamalai Nagar,

Tamil Nadu – 608002


Fax: +91-4144-238987

Tel: +91-4144-237160, 238610

Website: annamalaiuniversity.ac.in/distance_edu.htm

Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya Institute of Open & Distance Education Bhopal,Madhya Pradesh,


Website: bubhopal.nic.in/iode.htm

Acharya Nagarjuna University Center for Distance Education Nagarjunanagar,Guntur,

Andhra Pradesh,


Website: anucde.info

Delhi University School of Open Learning (DUSOL) South Study Center, South Moti Bagh,Old Moti Lal Nehru College Building,



Fax: +91-11-2410 4027

Tel: +91-11-2688 2897

Website: https://sol.du.ac.in/

Kurukshetra University Directorate of Correspondence Courses Kurukshetra University Campus,Kurukshetra,



Website: kukinfo.com

Fax: +91-1744-238628

Tel: +91-1744-238518

Tamil Nadu Open University DOTE Campus,Guindy,


Tamil Nadu,


Fax: +91-44-22200601

Tel: +91-44-2235 2898, 2235 3522, 2220 0506

Website: tnou.ac.in

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Maidan Garhi,Delhi- 110 068


Fax: +91-11-2953 2312

Tel: +91-11-2953 5924-32

Website: ignou.ac.in

Anna University Chennai Centre for Distance Education Tamil Nadu, India.Email: distanceprog@annauniv.edu/ dirdistance@yahoo.co.in/ enquiry@distanceannauniv.org

Website: http://www.annauniv.edu/

Tel: +91-44- 64502506, 22203112

Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University 17 Maharshi Dayanand Marg (Thornihill Road),Allahabad,

Uttar Pradesh,


Email: sanyal@nde.vsnl.net.in

Website: uprtou.org.in

Tel: +91-532-2623250, 242270

Nalanda Open University 2nd/3rd Floor, Biscomaun Bhawan,Gandhi Maidan,




Fax: +91-612-2201001

Website: nalandaopenuniversity.com

Tel: +91-612-2201013

Email: nalopuni@sancharnet.in

Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University Rawat Bhata Road,Akhelgarh,




Fax: +91-744-426159

Tel: +91-744-426971 /421254

Email: root@kou.raj.nic.in

Website : vmou.ac.in

Madurai Kamraj University Directorate of Distance Education Palkalai Nagar,Madurai,

Tamil Nadu,


Fax: +91-452-2458265

Tel: +91-452-2458471

Email: mkudde@mkudde.org

Website: mkudde.org / mkuniversity.org

Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University Red Cross Bhavan,Shivaji Nagar,


Madhya Pradesh,


Fax: +91-755-340553

Tel: +91-755-4972017, 2784102, 4972018

Website: bhojvirtualuniversity.com

Netaji Subhas Open University 1, Woodburn ParkKolkata,

West Bengal,


Email: nsou@cal2.vsnl.net.in

Fax: +91-33-2283-5082

Tel: +91-33-2283-5157

Website: wbnsou.com

Maharashi Dayanand University Directorate of Distance Education Rohtak,Haryana,


Fax: +91-1262-431132

Tel: +91-1262-43133/432327

Website: mduonline.org

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University R.C. Technical Campus,Opposite Gujarat High Court,

Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway,




Website: baou.org

Fax: +91-79-27663751

Tel: +91-79-27663747

Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University Near Gangapur Dam,Nashik,



Fax: +91-253-2231716

Tel: +91-253-2231714 /2230459 / 2230470/ 2231715 /2230228

Email: registrar@ycmou.com/ openuniv@bom6.net.in

Website: ycmou.com

Andhra University School of Distance Education Waltair,Visakhapatnam,

Andhra Pradesh,


Website: andhrauniversity.info/sde/index.html

Tel: +91-891-2552158/2554966

Karnataka State Open University Manasagangotri,Mysore,



Website: ksoumysore.edu.in

Fax: +91-821-2500847, 2500846

Tel: +91-821-251 9941 / 251 9948

Email: bkd30165@yahoo.co.in/ vcksou@etc.net

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Directorate of Open and Distance Education Kashmere Gate,Delhi,


Website: dde-ipu.com

Fax: +91-11-23900111, 2385941

Tel: +91-11-23900168, 23900100, 23900167, 23900166

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