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Tamil Nadu Open University TNOU


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The Tamil Nadu Open University was established by an Act (No.27 of 2002) of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of Tamil Nadu to benefit those who have been  deprived of and/or denied the access to higher education especially destitute, physically challenged, working men and women, economically weaker sections of the society, and those who discontinued education for various reasons, etc. In the main, it aims to reach the hitherto unreached. The University offers many Programmes in various disciplines.

The efforts of independent learning would be adequately supported through Study Centres, which have been identified in 10 important towns of Tamil Nadu, viz., Chennai, Viluppuram, Trichy, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Salem, Coimbatore and Nagapattinam. The University has also established 334 Information Centres at Taluk Levels, to enable those who are longing for but are forced to remain away from the folds of Higher Education. In all the Study and Information Centres week-end counselling sessions will be organized regularly through experienced faculties to ensure student-faculty interaction and for processing of the assignments submitted by the students for internal assessment.

The University has also been recognised internationally when the University became a member of South Asian Foundation and Asian Association of Open Universities. The memberships will help the University to share the resources on Distance Education scheme throughout Asia. Besides, the University has been recognised by Govaty Foundation of France and has awarded “ France India Heritage” recently