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Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai

About Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai


Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai has been growing phenomenally for the last 14 years and offers around 113 programmes in various disciplines from the certificate to postgraduate level. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission [UGC], Distance Education Council [DEC], National Council for Teacher Education [NCTE] and Rehabilitation Council of India [RCI]. It is the only university to provide specialized programmes for mentally challenged and impaired children.

The university has a cumulative strength of 5,29,263 students along with 11 programs. The University has 13 academic schools, 5 Support Divisions, 1 Media Centre and 607 Learner Support and Service Centre. Application forms for the Tamil Nadu Open University Admissions are available on the official website. The university was the first in the state to have Credit-based Self-Learning Material. As of now, around 1,71,430 students have passed away from the University. It supports the Digital Learning System. The university has a strength of 65 teachings and 77 non-teaching staff. For Tamil Nadu, Open University is displayed on the official website.

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Tamil Nadu Open University Highlights:

Tamil Nadu Open University shall make possible innovative, culturally relevant educational prerequisites that are learner-centred, seamless and are of high quality by applying appropriate technologies to achieve in education, sustainable social transformation and composite national development. Below are the highlights of the university:

Type of University  Public
Year of Establishment 2002 
Recognitions University Grants Commission [UGC], Distance Education Council [DEC], National Council for Teacher Education [NCTE], Rehabilitation Council of India [RCI]
Tamil Nadu Open University Address Tamil Nadu Open University, No 577, Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai - 600 015
TNOU Facilities Amphitheatre, Art Gallery, Bank, Canteen, Playgrounds, Library, Language labs
Training Programs Non-Credit Courses for School Students on Computers, Automation and Multimedia
TNOU Courses Offered Certificate, Vocational Diploma, Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, PG Diploma and Philosophy Courses Tamil Nadu Open University Fees Structure
Tamil Nadu Open University Contact Number 044-24306600

Tamil Nadu Open University Courses:

Programmes conducted by the Tamil Nadu Open University have been recognized by the following statutory authorities.

  • University Grants Commission [UGC]
  • Distance Education Council [DEC]
  • National Council for Teacher Education [NCTE]
  • Rehabilitation Council of India [RCI]

Below are the courses and specializations offered by the University:

 Discipline Course  Specialization 
 Social Sciences BA  Sociology, Islamic Studies
B.Com Bank Management, Corporate Secretaryship, Accounting and Finance, Computer Applications
B.Sc Psychology
BSW Social Work
 MA Sociology, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Islamic Studies  
 MSW Social Work 
  M.Com
 M.Sc Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy 
PG Diploma  Psychological, Guidance & Counselling, Gerontology, Child Rights and Child Protection, Social Welfare Administration, School Counselling 
Humanities BA English, English and Communication, Urdu
BPA Drama and Theatre Studies
MA English, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Comparative Literature
PG Diploma  Spoken English
Diploma Drama and Theatre Acting, Film Acting, Television Acting, English Language Skills
M.Phil English
Ph.D English, Film / Theatre Studies
Computer Science BCA
B.Sc Computer Science
MCA
M.Lib.I.Sc
M.Sc Computer Science
PG Diploma Computer Applications, Software Quality Management, Information Security
Diploma Databases, Data Sciences and Big data Analytics, Cloud Computing
Vocational Diploma Computer Applications, DTP Operator, Computer Hardware Servicing
Politics & Public Administration BA Political Science, Public Administration, and Human Rights 
B.Sc Geography
MA Political Science, Public Administration, International Relations, Development Administration, Police Administration, Human Rights
M.Sc Geography
Special Education & Rehabilitation B.Ed Special Education (Visual Impairment / Hearing Impairment / Intellectual Disabilities)
Management Studies   BBA Computer Applications, Marketing Management, Retail Management
B.Sc Catering and Hotel Administration (Off-Campus)
MBA Shipping and Logistics Management, Hospital Administration, Logistics Management
PG Diploma Information Technology Management and Export Marketing
Diploma Management, Retail Management, Food Production (Off-Campus), Food & Beverage Service (Off-Campus), Bakery & Confectionery (Off-Campus)
Continuing Education BA Business Economics
Economics
B.Sc Apparel and Fashion Design
MA Economics
M.Sc Apparel and Fashion Design
Vocational Diploma Automotive Service Technician, Refrigeration & AC Technician, Plumbing, Welding Technology, Industrial Fitter, Fashion Design and Garment Making, Beautician, Fashion Boutique Designer, Industrial Safety, Fire Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Airport Ground Handling, Assistant Flight Dispatcher, Cabin Crew Management 
M.Phil Economics
Ph.D Economics
Tamil and Cultural Studies  BA Tamil
  Functional Tamil
MA Tamil
PG Diploma Tamil Research Methodology
Diploma Media Art, Theatre Arts
Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration BA Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration
MA Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration
Education B.Ed Education
M.Phil Education
Ph.D Education
Vocational Diploma Early Childhood Care and Education 
PG Diploma Teacher and Educational Management
Science B.Sc Mathematics, Mathematics (with Computer Applications), B.Sc Chemistry Botany, Zoology
M.Sc Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology
PG Diploma Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Vocational Diploma Mechanic (Electrical / Electronics / Instrumentation), TV Repair Technician, SmartPhones Repair Technician, Acupressure Therapist, Multi Cuisine Cook, General Duty Assistant
M.Phil Science
Ph.D Science
 Journalism and New Media Studies B.Sc   Visual Communication & Multimedia
 History and Tourism Studies     BA History, History and Heritage Management, Tourism and Travel Studies 
 MA History, Tourism and Travel Studies, Women Studies 
 Diploma Archaeology and Epigraphy, Museology and Conservation, Ticketing and Tour Operations, Wild Life Tourism 
 M.Phil History 
Archaeology 
 Ph.D History  
Archaeology  

Tamil Nadu Open University Departments:

The germination of the University during the past 16 years has been remarkable. With an aggregate student strength of 10,82,656 in 218 Programmes of study across multiple disciplines and skills at different levels from Certificate to Post- Graduate that is presented through 13 Academic Schools, 5 Support Divisions, 1 Media Centre and a robust network of 515 Learner Support and Service Centres across the State.

The University consists of the following departments:

  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Computer Science
  • Politics and Public Administration
  • Special Education and Rehabilitation
  • Management Studies
  • Continuing Education
  • Tamil and Cultural Sciences
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration
  • Education
  • Science
  • Journalism and New Media Studies
  • History and Tourism Studies

Tamil Nadu Open University Facilities:

The University has digitalized its learner support systems including admission, examination, material distribution, academic counselling, etc. So far, 1,86,774 students have passed out of the University and the current listing(2017–2018) stands at 38,004. With the sanctioned teaching staff strength of 65 and non–teaching staff strength of 77, the University is one of the 5, among the 15 Open Universities in the country, to have been accorded the 12B of the University Grants Commission (UGC). So, the university is improving a lot in terms of infrastructure and below are the given facilities at the university:

  • The University has a library which has 19,298 books from various disciplines.
  • A language lab is set up in the University with the aim of providing students with a command over many foreign languages like English, Chinese, French and German.
  • Video Conference Room
  • Smart Classroom
  • Electronic Media Production and Research Centre
  • Digital Library
  • Internet Facility

Tamil Nadu Open University Scholarships:

The students should apply for scholarships in the designated form to be taken from the Offices of Adi Dravidar/Tribal Welfare Department along with the helping document required, including the applicant’s Savings Bank Account No., Name of the Bank,Branch, etc., to the Director, SSSD,TNOU, after University fees are paid. After due scrutiny, the appeals for scholarships will be rerouted to the respective Government Departments for assent of the scholarships. The payment of the scholarship is subject to the conditions guided by the Government. The scholarships given by the university are:

  • SC/ST students are eligible for reimbursement of the non-refundable fees if they are not employed or if their family income is less than INR 1,00,000/-.
  • The University provides the scholarships to the SC/ST students under the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department. 
  • Differently-abled candidates are eligible for an exemption from tuition fees if they enclose a copy of the disability certificate to the bank Challan of INR 300/-.

Tamil Nadu Open University Fee Details:

There are plenty of programmes on offer right from the Certificate level up to the Doctoral level. These programmes are administered by the different schools of the University. You may check the list of programmes offered by TNOU from the website. The fee structure for some of the courses are given below:

  • For the BA (Psychology) course, the fee is INR 9,900/-.
  • The course fee for B.Com (Computer Applications) is INR 9,900/-.
  • M.Sc course fee costs about INR 8,800/-.
  • The fee structure for MBA (Logistics Management) is INR 24,000/-.
  • For BBA (Computer Applications), the course fee is INR 11,700/-.
  • The course fee for M.Sc is INR 20,000/-.

Tamil Nadu Open University MoUs:

 Following are the MoUs signed by TNOU:

  • There is a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with the National Skill Development Council [NSDC] for the Vocational Courses.
  • The university has an MoU with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University employing 4,000 unemployed youth in 2016-17.
  • The University has established Industrial Linkages with Commonwealth of Learning [COL], Asian Association of Open universities [AAOU] and the International Council for Distance and Open Learning [ICDE].
  • MoU with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University to offer its ODL Programme through TNOU Community Colleges.
  • MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation for Curriculum Alignment and offering Skill related Programme through Flexible Skill Training Mode.

Tamil Nadu Open University FAQs:

  1. Can I enroll in two-degree programmes simultaneously at TNOU University?
    - No. This is not permitted, as per the UGC guidelines.
  2. What is Counselling?
    - Counselling is the academic support given by the University through various modes.
  3. Is attendance mandatory for a counselling session?
    - Except for practical oriented sessions, attendance is not mandatory.
  4. I have not passed my SSLC or HSC. What courses can I take at TNOU?
    - TNOU is the only university that has been authorised by the Govt of Tamil Nadu to grant TNOU programmes under the non-formal stream. Those aspirants who have not successfully completed the HSC or equivalent examination but have completed 18 years of age may be accepted to UG programme and Diploma Programmes as offered by concerned programmes listed by TNOU for which you have to attend and complete TNOU bridge courses (BPP).
  5. Does the University provide study material?
    - Yes, TNOU provides study material in Self Learning format to the students for all its Programmes. The cost of this is embodied in the Programme Fees.
  6. From where can I receive the study material?
    - Generally, from the Learner Support Centre, you have selected. The Study Centre diffuses the study material after confirmation of the student’s admission.
  7. Are the TNOU degrees, diplomas and certificates recognised for Government Jobs?
    - Yes (if it is 10+2 for Degree for state government jobs and promotions. For Central Government jobs and promotions, the 10 + 2 pattern for a degree is not mandatory)

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Contact Details and Location


Address : Tamil Nadu Open University, No 577, Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai - 600 015
Website : http://www.tnou.ac.in/

Affiliation and Accreditation


The college is affiliated to Tamil Nadu Open University - [TNOU], Chennai and accredited by UGC.

Facilities


Library
Laboratory
Gym
Cafeteria
Sports
Medical
Hostel
Auditorium
Computer labs

Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure


Tamil Nadu Open University Eligibility Criteria:

Admission process will be around the year. The admission activities of the University have been carried out in two academic cycles viz i) Calendar Year – from January to December and ii) Academic Year – from July to June. It offers courses in Diploma, UG, PG, PG Diploma, M.Phil and Ph.D. The following are the courses and their eligibility criteria:

Courses Eligibility
BCA
  • The candidates should have passed the 10+2/ Diploma/ITI examination or TNOU BPP.
BA
  • The students should have completed the 10+2/ Diploma/ITI examination or TNOU BPP.
B.Sc
  • The candidates should have cleared the 10+2/ Diploma/ITI examination or TNOU BPP.
BPA
  • The candidate must have passed 10+2 examination from any recognized board.
MCA
  • The candidate should have completed his Bachelor's Degree in the relevant field from a recognized University.
M.Sc
  • The candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in the relevant field from a recognized University.
MA
  • The candidates should have completed a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized University.
M.Com
  • The candidate should have a BBA/ B.Com/ CS/ ACA/ AICWA/ ACS degree from a recognized university.
MBA 
  • candidates with 50% aggregate in graduation from recognized University/Institution.
M.Lib.I.Sc
  • The candidate should have a B.Lib.I.Sc. degree from recognized University/Institution.
M.Phil
  • The candidates should have passed the Postgraduation with a minimum aggregate of 55%.
Ph.D
  • The candidate should have passed a Master's Degree with a minimum of 55% [50% for SC/ ST/ OBC students] or an equivalent grade point.
  • If the students have appeared for GATE/UGC NET/CSIR NET/SET, they will be exempted from writing the Entrance Test.
Post Graduation Diploma
  • The candidate should have completed Graduation in the relevant Discipline
Diploma
  • The candidate must have passed the 10+2 from any recognized board.
Certificate Course
  • The candidate must have completed 10+2 from any recognized board or
  • The candidate should have passed the TNOU BPP exam.

Tamil Nadu Open University Admissions:

The application form can be obtained from the University Sales Counter, Study Centres and Zonal Centres at the fee of INR 100/-. The application form can be obtained from the Deputy Registrar by issuing a Demand Draft of INR 150/- in his name. The documents for the eligibility are to be attested by a Governing authority/ person. Admission will only be possible if all eligibility criteria are met. Students can download Tamil Nadu Open University hall ticket from the official website.


Courses and Fees Structure of Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai

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Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Management Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Business Administration [BBA]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 10,538
Diploma in Business Management  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 4,235
Master of Business Administration [MBA]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 21,750
Post Graduate Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,000

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Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Commerce Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,600
Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,750
Master of Commerce [M.Com]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,600

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Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Science Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 15,700
Certificate Course  6 month(s), Full Time
Diploma in Science  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 7,200
Master of Library and Information Science [M.Lib.I.Sc]  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 5,000
Master of Science [M.Sc]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 13,680
Master of Science [M.Sc]  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 9,500
Post Graduate Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 2,550

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Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Humanities and Arts Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Arts [BA]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,600
Bachelor of Literature [B.Lit]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,600
Bachelor of Performing Arts [BPA]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 19,500
Bachelor of Social Work [BSW]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,600
Certificate Course  6 month(s), Full Time
Certificate Course  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 1,000
Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,113
Diploma in Humanity Arts  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 11,567
Master of Arts [MA]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,682
Master of Social Work [MSW]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,600
Post Graduate Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 4,231
Preparatory Programme  6 month(s), Full Time
Preparatory Programme  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 1,300

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Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Fashion Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 24,600
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 15,600
Master of Science [M.Sc]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 21,800
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Animation Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Diploma in Animation  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 7,200
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Mass Media and Communications Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 28,200
Certificate Course  6 month(s), Full Time Rs. 5,300
Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 11,500
Post Graduate Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 9,500
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Hospitality Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc]  1 year(s), Distance Learning Rs. 10,440
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 52,380
Diploma in Hospitality  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 15,300
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Computer Applications Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Computer Application [BCA]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 25,200
Bachelor of Computer Application [BCA]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 15,900
Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 10,500
Diploma in Computer Applications  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 4,740
Master of Computer Application [MCA]  3 year(s), Full Time Rs. 44,100
Master of Computer Application [MCA]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 29,400
Post Graduate Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 9,500
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Education Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Certificate Course  6 month(s), Full Time
Diploma in Education  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 7,200
Post Graduate Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 5,000
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Agriculture Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Diploma in Agriculture  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 25,300
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Vocational Courses Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,129
Diploma in Vocational Courses  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 30,000
Post Graduate Diploma  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 3,300
Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Aviation Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Diploma in Aviation  1 year(s), Full Time Rs. 30,000

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