Yashwantrao Chavan Open University, Mumbai

Once it was said by A. Bartlett Giamatti that “A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.” In India, Maharashtra has always been the pioneer in educational reforms. There were activists like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh, Swami Ramanand Teerth, Bhaurao Patil who were directly involved with several educational reform movements and were dedicated to take education to everyone’s disposal. Yashwantrao-Chavan Open University is one such educational center, which was set up with a vision to make education liberal and convenient for everyone.

Yashwantrao-Chavan Open University is the fifth distance learning university in India which was established on July 1st of 1989 under the Act XX of 1989. The whole set up was accomplished under the supervision of the State Legislature of Maharashtra. The Open University was named after the great political personality, activist and the framer of modern Maharashtra Yashwantrao Chavan. The university is approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). In 2002, this center of distance education was conferred with Global Jurisdiction and Institutional Excellence Award, presented in association with University by Commonwealth of Learning, Canada.

Study centers of the University

        The University has a number of study centers. The names of these centers are given below


  • 1.Aathavale Samajkarya College in Bhandara
  • Aanandniketan Krushi Mahaviddhyalay in Warora
  • Aadhuneek Dyan Prasarak Shikshan Sanstha Addrotise Institute in Mumbai
  • Datta Meghe Institute of Management & Research in Nagpur
  • Parashuram Hospital Lote in Ratnagiri
  • Sanchlit Arts & Commerce in Taloda
  • Aadarsh Arts and Commerce College in Hingoli
  • A.V.E.W College of Education in Sinar
  • Aabad Arts, Lodha Commerce and S.P.D Surana College in Chandwad
  • A.S.C College in Panvel


Given below are highlights of the main courses offered by the different schools of the University.

Academic programs offered by School of Agricultural Science

Certificate Diploma Degree
  • Foundation in Agricultural Science
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Agro Journalism
  • Floriculture & Landscape Gardening
  • Fruit Production
  • Agri- Business Management
  • B.Sc in Horticulture
  • B.Sc in Agriculture

Academic programs offered by School of Commerce and Management

Certificate Diploma Degree Post Graduate
  • Preparatory
  • Fire & Safety Engineering Management
  • Co-Operative Management
  • Co-Operative Management Dairy
  • Co-Operative Management Agro based
  • Co-Operative Management Banking
  • Fire & Safety Engineering Management
  • Co-Operative Management Self Employment Services Co-operative Institutions
  • B.Com Marathi Medium
  • B.Com English Medium
  • B.Com Finance & Accounts
  • B.Com Fire and Health Safety Environment
  • Bachelor in Co operative Management
  • MBA- General, Marketing & Finance, HRD
  • M.Com
  • MBA Public Policy and Management

Academic programs offered by School of Continuing Education

Certificate Diploma Degree Post Graduate  
  • Beauty Parlor Management
  • Tailoring
  • Soft Skills
  • Information Technology for School Students
  • Japanese Language
  • Chinese Language
  • Arabic Language
  • Spanish Language
  • English Language
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Mobile Repairing
  • Motor Rewinding
  • Domestic Wireman
  • Fashion Design & Boutique Management
  • Public Services
  • Mechanical Techniques
  • Civil Supervisor
  • Paithani Handicraft and Modern Garments
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Fabrication
  • Cyber Security
  • Automobile Techniques
  • Electrician & Domestic Appliance Maintenance
  • Printing Technology and Graphic Arts
  • Computer Hardware Maintenance & Networking Technologies
  • B.Sc in Hospitality Studies & Catering Services
  • B.Sc in Hospitality & Tourism Studies
  • B.Sc in Media Graphics & Animation
  • B.Sc in Interior Design
  • B.Sc in Fashion Design
  • B.A in Public Services
  • B.A Fine Arts
  • M.Sc in Hospitality and Tourism Studies
  • M.Sc in Food Science
  • MBA Fashion Management
  • M.Sc Fashion Design
  • M.A Public Services
  • M.Sc Environment Science

Academic programs offered by School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Certificate Diploma Degree Post Graduate
  • Preparatory
  • Human Rights
  • Gandhi Vichar Darshan
  • Mass Communication & Journalism
  • B.A
  • B.A in Defence and Paramilitary Forces
  • B.A in Transport Administration
  • B.A in Police Administration
  • Bachelor of Library & Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Social Welfare

There are other Schools belonging to the University that offer their own academic programs at the diploma, degree, and post graduate level. Certificate and post graduate diploma is also offered by few of these schools. The names of these schools are as follows-

  • School of Education
  • School of Architecture, Science and Technology
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Computer Science

Address Details:


Near Gangapur Dam




Pin Code: 422222

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

Fax: +91-253-2231716

Official Website / Institution home page: ycmou.com

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