Netaji Subhash Open University

Netaji Subhas Open University, abbreviated as NSOU, is one of the most widely-accepted open universities imparting distance education in the entire eastern region of India. Founded in the year 1997, this university has achieved the status of ‘Mega University’ with a total of 191 study centers with over 250000 students. It is the 58th largest university across the globe and has 6 campuses in Kolkata.

Official recognition and partnership

NSOU is a proud member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Asian Open Universities (AAOU), and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Moreover, it is recognized and approved by the following authorities:

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • The Distance Education Council, Govt. of India
  • The Government of West Bengal

That is why, the diplomas, degrees, and certificates awarded by the university are granted across the country. On the other hand, it is working in collaboration with the subsequent organizations in order to grow and develop as one of the premier open universities in the country:

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
  • Enterprise Development Institute (EDI)
  • NIC Institute of Technology
  • ACE Business Academy
  • Learning and Living Resources Society
  • Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS)
  • Rabindranath Tagore  Centre for Human Values (RTCHV)
  • Pranavananda Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT)
  • Sriniketan Santiniketan Development Authority (SSDA)


In NSOU, a large number of undergraduate, graduate, post graduate, post graduate diploma, and certificate courses are offered through distance education. Students are provided personalized support with the help of:

  • Self instructional study materials
  • Audio and video cassettes of course programs
  • Personal Contact Programs (PCP)
  • Gyan Vani FM, Kolkata on 105.4 MHz
  • Interactive Radio Counseling (IRC) through All India Radio (AIR)

List of courses offered by NSOU:

Undergraduate programs
  • Humanities and Social Science: B.A. (in Bengali, Economics, English, Sociology, History, Education, Political Science, and Public Administration)
  • Science: B.Sc. ( in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, and Geography)
  • Commerce: B.Com
  • Interdisciplinary Science: BLIS (in Library & Information Science)
Post Graduate Degree Programs (PGDP)
  • Humanities and Social Science: M.A. (in English, Bengali, History, English Language Teaching, Social Work, Education, Public Administration, and Political Science)
  • Science: M.Sc. (in Geography, Zoology, and Mathematics)
  • Commerce: M.Com
  • Interdisciplinary Science: MLIS (in Library & Information Science)
  • Business Administration: MBA
  • Computer Science: MCA
PhD programs
  • Arts: all subjects
  • Commerce
  • Science: Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics
  • Management
  • Computer Science/Application
  • Distance Education
  • Interdisciplinary Subjects


Netaji Subhas Open University achieved the Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA) from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in the year 2006 for its brilliant academic performances.

Name of the Institution Netaji Subhas Open University
Type of Institution Open University
Location Kolkata
Ownership Government
Affiliation Recognized by UGC
Courses offered Bachelor degree program, Second degree program, Post Graduate degree program, preparatory courses, Innovative and Vocational courses, professional courses, Post Graduate diploma courses, diploma courses, and certificate courses
Admission Procedure Merit List
Departments Arts, Science, Commerce, Education, Taxation,
Year of Establishment Provision for setting up the university was decided upon in August 1997.
Facts and Figures Few activities that are arranged include Blind Friendly Programs, Employment News, Career Counseling, Adult Education, Rural Development, Women’s Empowerment, Community Development, Health Care, Mother and Child Care, and Consumer Protection programs.
Events Seminars and Convocation
Fee Structure Depends on the courses opted for
Distance Learning/Online education It is an Open University