Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai

Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU), Chennai was founded in the year 2002 by the Government of Tamil Nadu under the Act (No.27 of 2002) of Tamil Nadu Legislature. It offers a wide array of post graduate, undergraduate, diploma, post graduate diploma, certificate, and vocational courses to cater to specific needs and goals of students. The medium of study is either English or Tamil, and the admission system is completely merit-based. Students can purchase the application form and prospectus for all the courses from study centers in the city for Rs. 100 only. The eligibility and fee structure are different for each program, and all the information is mentioned in the prospectus. The university follows a three-tier system of evaluation that includes:

  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Assignments or open book
  • Term-end examinations or project work

Unique features
The institute provides cost-effective modular programs that are truly flexible in terms of time as well as location. The certificates and degrees awarded by this university are recognized internationally and hence, students can definitely hope for a bright future. Some unique features of TNOU, Chennai are:

  • Flexible admission rules and examination system
  • Use of cutting-edge technologies
  • Student support services
  • Self-instructional printed study material
  • Counseling sessions
  • Assignments
  • Term-end examinations

Programs offered by the university:

Post graduate programs
  • Master of Arts – M.A. (English, Tamil, History, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Mathematics)
  • Master of Commerce – M.Com
  • Master of Computer Application – M.C.A
  • Master of Business Administration – MBA
Under graduate programs
  • Bachelor of Arts – B.A.(English, Tamil, History, Public Administration, Economics)
  • Bachelor of Commerce – B.Com
  • Bachelor of Science – B.Sc. (Mathematics)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – BBA
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications – BCA
  • Bachelor of Tourism – BTS
Diploma programs
  • Diploma in Management (DIM)
  • Diploma in Food Production
  • Diploma in Bakery and Confectionery
Post graduate diploma programs
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Spoken English (PGDSE)
Certificate programs
  • Certificate Program in Environmental Studies (CES)
  • Certificate Program in Food and Nutrition (CFN)
  • Certificate Program in Computer Application(CAS)
  • Certificate Program in Rural Development (CRD)
  • Certificate Program in Teaching of English
  • Certificate Program in Teaching of Primary School Mathematics (CTPM)
  • Certificate Program in Empowering Women through Self-Help Groups (CWDL)
  • Certificate Program in Computing (CIC)
  • Certificate Program in Desk Top Printing (CDTP)
  • Certificate Program in House Electrician (CHE)
  • Certificate Program in Plumbing Technician (CPT)
  • Certificate Program in Catering Assistant (CCA)
  • Certificate Program in Refrigeration & Air-Conditions Technician (CRAT)
  • Certificate Program in Four Wheeler Mechanic (CFM)
Vocational programs
  • Diploma in DTP Operator (DDTP)
  • Diploma in Catering Assistant (DCA)
  • Diploma in House Electrician (DHE)
  • Diploma in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician (DRAT)
  • Diploma in Plumbing Technician (DPT)
  • Diploma in Fashion Design and Garment Making (DFGM)
  • Diploma in Four Wheeler Mechanism (DFWM)
  • Diploma in Beautician
  • Diploma in Health Assistant (DHA)
  • Diploma in Pre-Primary (Kindergarten) Teacher Training (DPTT)

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