Tamil Nadu Open University was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 2002 with the motto of extending education to 'anyone, anytime, anywhere'. Since its inception, the University has thus been catering to the learning needs of the disadvantaged and deprived in the society. The growth of the University during the past 15 years has been phenomenal.
The Tamil Nadu Open University is the first University in the state to have introduced the credit - based self - learning materials in print as early as 2003. While the round -the-year admission policy with examination schedules conveniently arranged on week -ends and the effective continuous assessment provision have sufficiently addressed the issue of quantity in the form of increasing higher education access, the University has been harnessing the advancements in ICT to continuously improve quality.
The University is one of the 5, among the 15 Open Universities in the country, to have been accorded the recognition under section 12B of the University Grants Commission (UGC). It is also one of the very few Universities in the country to have received approval of the UGC for offering all its academic Programmes through the distance mode. So far, 1, 71,430 students have passed out of the University and the current enrolment (2015 - 2016) stands at 29,351 with male students accounting for 14,206. With the sanctioned teaching staff strength of 65 and non - teaching staff strength of 77, the University has been ably addressing the learning needs of all the students. The Programmes conducted by the Tamil Nadu Open University have been recognized by the following statutory authorities:
i)University Grants Commission [UGC]
ii)Distance Education Council [DEC]
iii)National Council for Teacher Education [NCTE]
iv)Rehabilitation Council of India [RCI]
The academic activities of the University are carried out in two admission cycles, viz. Calendar Year cycle commencing from the month of January and Academic Year cycle commencing from the month of July. (It may be noted that B.Ed. Programmes are offered only during the Calendar Year Admission and the Hotel Management and Catering Programmes are offered only during Academic Year Admission)
As part of the automation, the University endeavours to carry out student admission process for various academic programmes inviting application along with fee payment directly from the candidates by online mode through this site.