Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai

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Updated On - May 25, 2022

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  • May 13, 2022 : Admissions for Ph.D are open until May 27, 2022. 

Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) was established in the year 2002 as a public university focusing on imparting education in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The campus of TNOU Chennai is located in Saidapet area of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu and is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and is recognized by national bodies like University Grants Commission (UGC), DEB, AAOU, ACU and many others. This university is known for offering diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level courses in the fields of science, arts, commerce, management, education, computer applications and vocational subjects - and many of them are offered in ODL mode.

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TNOU Quick Insights

TNOU has over 200 programs offered under various departments. Some of the key highlights of the university are given below, including the courses and their programme levels offered, type of university, recognitions, infrastructure etc.

Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai
Year of Establishment
Type of University
Program levels Offered
Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Doctorate
Number of Faculty
Infrastructure Facilities
Classrooms, Auditorium, Laboratories, Library, Medical centerlL

TNOU Courses

TNOU Chennai offers diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level courses in the fields of science, arts, commerce, management, education, computer applications and vocational subjects. Majority of these are offered in ODL Mode as well. Below given are the major courses offered under each faculty/department: 

Department Courses
Arts BA, BPA, B.Lit, MA
Commerce B.Com
Science B.Sc, M.Sc
Management BBA, MBA
Education Diploma 
Computer Diploma, BCA, MCA

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TNOU Departments

TNOU Chennai offers more than 200 courses under various departments. Each department has a team of faculty members who are specialised in that respective field. Below are the major departments that the university has: 

History and Tourism
Journalism and New Media
Library and Information Science
Politics and Public Administration
Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration
Tamil and Cultural Studies
Continuing Education
Social Sciences

TNOU Admission

TNOU admission 2022 are done online through the official website of the university. The form along with supporting documents like marksheets, certificates, applicant’s photo and signature etc. need to be submitted. Thereafter, admission into all the courses  are based on merit list issued by the university based on the marks obtained by the students in their qualifying exams.

TNOU Eligibility Criteria

All the applicants of admission into the courses offered by the university must satisfy the below mentioned eligibility criteria before applying for admission. Candidates failing to meet the eligibility criteria will not get through the admission process. 

TNOU MA Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from any recognized university or bachelor’s degree in tamil under part -I from any recognized university. 

TNOU M.Sc Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed their Bachelor degree from a recognized institution.

TNOU MBA Eligibility Criteria

  •  Candidates need to pass in bachelor’s examination in any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate.

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Why Choose TNOU?

TNOU offers 218 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in 7 streams. The university is approved by UGC and is located in Chennai. Placements are so good that it has placed more than 60,000 students successfully in well reputed companies. 

  • TNOU Chennai is one of the few universities that are well known for offering many courses in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.
  • Deserving students with disabilities, low family incomes and belonging to reserved categories are offered scholarships at TNOU Chennai.
  • Infrastructure of TNOU Chennai is focused on offering education of equal quality to the students face to face as well as in distance mode

TNOU Academic Advantages

TNOU has excellent team of teaching professionals who are well experienced in their respective fields. The university is known for the research activities done by several approved research supervisors. Some of the other academic advantages in this university are:

  • Student placements cell
  • Well equipped laboratories
  • Central library with numerous books and journals
  • Holistic learning environment

TNOU Results

TNOU results 2022 has been released on the official website of the university. Candidates who appeared for the Term End Exam can check TNOU Result on this page. An enrolment number is required to check the Tamil Nadu Open University, [TNOU] Chennai Result 2022. Below are the steps to be followed to check results: 

  1. Visit the official website of TNOU
  2. Click on Term End Exam June from the Examination section
  3. Click on the link of the desired course to check the result
  4. Enter the enrollment number.
  5. Click on the Submit button
  6. The result will be displayed and it can be downloaded for future use. 

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TNOU Chennai Infrastructure

TNOU Chennai offers sufficient infrastructure facilities to its students for their quality learning. Many of these facilities are targeted towards fulfilling the need of providing distance education. For instance, the Electronic Media Production and Research Centre (EMPRC) works to produce quality audio visual learning content for its distance learning students. It also does video conferencing for live interaction between students and experts/ faculties for knowledge exchange. The library of TNOU Chennai holds a collection of 25,780 books on different subjects. Other facilities at TNOU Chennai are given below.

  • Classrooms
  • Auditorium
  • Laboratories
  • Medical center
  • CCTV

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TNOU Chennai Placements

TNOU has 'Student Placement Cell (SPC)' that was set up in July 2016 with the aim of providing employment opportunities to the students of TNOU Chennai. These employment opportunities are not only for the final recruitments but it is also for internship placements. The placement cell organizes Placement Camps the students at different Regional Centres. Candidates who are seeking a job can fill the registration form for job seekers.

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TNOU Chennai Scholarships

TNOU offers scholsraships for all eligibilbe candidates under various categories. Differently abled students pursuing education at this university are eligible for tuition fee exemption. The candidate must apply for the same along with the disability certificate. Moreover, the SC/ ST students pursuing formal distance education are eligible for reimbursement of fees, if they are not employed and if the annual income of their parents is less than Rs. 1 Lakh. The students should apply for scholarships in the prescribed form available at the Offices of Adi Dravidar/ Tribal Welfare Department, which is to be submitted along with the supporting document required.

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TNOU Chennai Distance Education

TNOU Chennai is one of the few colleges that are known for offering many of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in arts, education, science and other fields in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. Most prominent ones of these include B.Ed in Special education, MA in Anthropology, M.Sc in Geography, B.Ed (General) and many others. For offering these courses, the TNOU Chennai has also gained recognition from UGC - Distance Education Bureau.

TNOU Chennai Alumni

TNOU Chennai has a dedicated alumni association and the alumni of the university can get themselves registered on the same via the official alumni cell registration. This alumni association of TNOU aims at bringing out the developmental changes for the benefit of the student community. The alumni association of the university is also responsible for increasing the networking and engagement among the alumni. Students passing out from here bloom out to be successful professionals in their field. Some of the notable alumni are: 

Notable Alumni Profession
Maragatham.K Former Member of Lok Sabha
M.Udhayakumar Lawyer and Politician

TNOU Highlights

Institution Type Public
Total Faculty 60+
Year of Establishment 2002
Genders Accepted Co-Ed


Does the university campus have hostel facility?

Yes, there are separate residential blocks for boys and girls. It also has a dining that serves healthy food. Also, there is a food court available.

Is open university degree valid for UPSC?

Yes, it is valid as UPSC has not specified any university for qualification.

What are the courses available in TNOU?

TNOU offers UG and PG courses in streams like arts, science, commerce, management, computer, etc. Some of the main courses include B.A., B.Com, B.Sc., BBA, MBA, MCA, M.A. and M.Sc.

Is TNOU degree valid for Govt jobs?

Yes, it is valid for government jobs and well as further studies.

Is open degree equal to regular degree?

Recently, UGC has clarified that open degree has to be treated and considered equal to regular degrees.

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Jennifer | Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com], batch of 2012

Reviewed on Dec 01, 2020

  • 3.5
  • Placements & Internships 3.5
  • Fees and Scholarship 3.5
  • Academics & Faculty 3.5
  • College Infrastructure 3.5
  • Clubs & Associations 3.5
Placements & Internships

Companies like Accenture, Dell, HP, HSBC hire graduates from TNOU The highest salary for a graduate is INR 5,00,000 PA.

Fees and Scholarship

The scholarships are provided by the university. Candidates who apply for it can avail the scholarship.

Jennifer | Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com] (Accountancy), batch of 2018

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

  • 4.5
  • Placements & Internships 4.5
  • Fees and Scholarship 4.5
  • Academics & Faculty 4.5
  • College Infrastructure 4.5
  • Clubs & Associations 4.5
Placements & Internships

Most of the students were placed in the top MNC companies. The average salary offered ranges between INR 15,000 to 40,000 per month.

Top companies like TCS, Accenture, Cognizant, and IBM have visited the college for campus recruitment, and on average, 50% of the students were offered internships.

Fees and Scholarship

Scholarship options are available for students, and on average, 40% of the students get scholarships.

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