Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) – was established in the year 2000 by an Act (No.27 of 2002) of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of Tamil Nadu (TN). The University is the institution of India for open and distance learning. The University was established with the motto of providing education to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. he programmes offered in Tamil Nadu Open  University are recognized by University Grant Commission (UGC), Distance Education Education Council (DEC), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI).

Tamil Nadu Open University

Since the last 14 years, the growth of university has been outstanding. The University offers various programmes from Certificate to Post Graduate. There are total  08 Zonal Centre, 188 Learning Resource Centre (LRC), 19 Programme Study Centre (PSC), 201 Community College (CC) and 04 Partner Institutions(PI). The total number of teaching staff is 65 and non-teaching staff strength of 77. It admits the students throughout the year under two admission cycles, viz., Calendar Year (Jan. – June) and Academic Year (July – Dec.).

TNOU Study Centre

There is total of 8 study centre.

  • Chennai
  • Trichy
  • Madhurai
  • Coimbatore
  • Dharmapuri
  • Nilgiris
  • Tirunelveli
  • Villupuram

TNOU Schools of Study

There are total 13 Schools of Study established by the University.

  • School of Social Sciences (SOSS)
  • School of Management Studies (SOMS)
  • School of Education (SOE)
  • School of Humanities (SOH)
  • School of Continuing Education (SOCE)
  • School of Science(SOS)
  • School of Computer Science (SOCS)
  • School of Tamil and Cultural Studies (SOTCS)
  • School of Journalism and New Media Studies (SOJNMS)
  • School of Politics and Public Administration (SOPPA)
  • School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SOCCJ)
  • School of History and Tourism Studies (SOHTS)
  • School of Special Education and Rehabilitation (SOSER)

TNOU Programmes Offered

Tamil Nadu Open University offers 8 different programmes. Check the list of programmes offered at TNOU.

  • Master Degree Programmes
  • Bachelor Degree Programmes
  • Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
  • Diploma Programmes
  • Certificate Programmes
  • Catering and Hotel Administration Programmes
  • Preparatory Programmes
  • Vocational Diploma Programmes (offered through Community Colleges)

UG Approved Programmes

Courses Offered at School of Study

Check the courses offered at TNOU School of Study.

School of Social Sciences (SOSS)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate Programmes B.A Sociology 3 years
B.A Social Work 3 years
B.A Criminology And Criminal Justice Administration 3 years
B.A. Islamic Studies 3 years
B.Sc. Psychology 3 years
B.Com 3 years
B.Com (Bank Management) 3 years
B.Com (Corporate Secretaryship) 3 years
B.Com (Accounting and Finance) 3 years
B.Com (Computer Applications) 3 years
Post Graduate Programmes M.A Sociology 2 years
M.A – Social Work 2 years
M.A Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration 2 years
M.A Anthropology 2 years
M.A. Gender Studies 2 years
M.A. Islamic Studies 2 years
M.Com 2 years
M.Sc Psychology 2 years
M.Sc Counselling and Psychotherapy * Through PSCs 2 years
M.Sc Counselling and Psychotherapy (Lateral Entry) 2 years
PG Diploma P.G Diploma in Psychological Counselling 1 year
P.G Diploma in Guidance & Counselling 1 year
P.g Diploma in Gerontology 1 year
P.G Diploma in Child Rights and Child Protection 1 year
P.G Diploma in Social Welfare Administration 1 year

School of Management Studies (SOMS)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate Programmes BBA 3 years
BBA (Computer Application) 3 years
BBA (Marketing Management) 3 years
BBA (Retail Management) 3 years
B.Sc in Catering and Hotel Administration (Off – Campus) 3 years
Post Graduate Programmes MBA 2 years
MBA (Shipping and Logistics Management) Admission through PSC 2 years
MBA (Hospital Administration ) Admission through PSC 2 years
MBA (Logistics Management) 2 years
PG Diploma Programmes Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 1 year
Post Graduate Diploma in Export Marketing 1 year
Diploma Programmes Diploma in Management 1 year
Diploma in Retail Management 1 year
Diploma in Food Production (Off – Campus) 1 year
Diploma in Food & Beverage Service (Off – Campus) 1 year
Diploma in Bakery & Confectionary (Off Campus) 1 year
Certificate Programmes Certificate in NGO Management 6 months
Certificate in Customs Clearance Procedure and Practices 6 months
Certificate in Liner Shipping and Freight Forwarding 6 months

School of Education (SOE)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate B.Ed 2 years
Vocational Diploma Programme Vocational Diploma Early Childhood Care and Education

School of Humanities (SOH)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate B.A English 3 years
B.A. English and Communication 3 years
B.A. Urdu 3 years
BPA (Drama and Theatre Studies) 4 years
Post Graduate Programmes M.A English 2 years
M.A (Linguistics) 2 years
M.A.(Translation Studies) 2 years
MA (Comparative Literature) 2 years
PG Diploma Post Graduate Diploma in Spoken English (PGDSE) 1 year
Diploma Diploma in Drama and Theatre Acting 1 year
Diploma in Film Acting (DFA) 1 year
Diploma in Television Acting 1 year
Diploma in English Language Skills (DELS) 1 year
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 3 months

School of Continuing Education (SOCE)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate Programme B.A Economics 3 years
B.A Business Economics 3 years
B.Sc Apparel and Fashion Design 3 years
Post Graduate Programmes M.A Economics 2 years
M.A Apparel and Fashion Design 2 years

School of Science(SOS)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate Programmes B.Sc Mathematics 3 years
B.Sc Mathematics (with Computer Applications) 3 years
B.Sc Physics 3 years
B.Sc Chemistry 3 years
B.Sc Botany 3 years
B.Sc Zoology 3 years
Post Graduate Programmes M.Sc Mathematics 2 years
PG Diploma PG Diploma in Mathematics 1 year
PG Diploma in Applied Mathematics 1 year
Vocational Diploma Vocational Diploma in Mechanic (Electrical / Electronics / Instrumentation) 1 year
Vocational Diploma in TV Repair Technician 1 year
Vocational Diploma in Smart Phones Repair Technician 1 year
Vocational Diploma in Acupressure Therapist 1 year
Vocational Diploma in Multi Cuisine Cook 1 year
Vocational Diploma in General Duty Assistant 1 year
Certificate Programmes Certificate Programme in Climate Change 6 months
Certificate Programme in Aquaculture 6 months

School of Computer Science (SOCS)

Programmes Courses Durations
Undergraduate Programmes Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) 3 years
Bachelor of Computer Application (Lateral Entry) (BCA) 2 years
Bachelor of Computer Application (Simultaneous Registration ): BCA (SE) 3 years
Bachelor of Science (Computer Science): (B.Sc – CS) 3 years
Post Graduate Programmes Master of Computer Application:(MCA) 3 years
Master of Computer Application (Lateral Entry): (MCA – LE) 3 years
Master of Science in Computer Science: M.Sc (CS) 2 years
Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) 1 year
PG Diploma Programmes PGDCA (Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application ) 1 year
Post Graduate Diploma in Software Quality Management (PGDSM) 1 year
Post Graduate Diploma in Information Security) 1 year
Diploma Programmes DDB (Diploma in Databases) 1 year
Diploma in Data Sciences and Big Data Analytics 1 year
Diploma in Cloud Computing 1 year
Vocational Diploma Programmes Vocational Diploma in Computer Applications 1 year
Vocational Diploma in DTP Operator 1 year
Vocational Diploma in Computer Hardware Servicing 1 year

School of Tamil and Cultural Studies (SOTCS)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate Programme B.A. Tamil 3 years
B.A Functional Tamil 3 years
B.Lit 3 years
Post Graduate Programme M.A Tamil 2 years
PG Diploma Programme PG Diploma in Tamil Research Methodology 1 year
Diploma Programme Diploma in Media Art 1 year
Diploma in Theatre Arts 1 year

School of Journalism and New Media Studies (SOJNMS)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate Programmes B.Sc(Visual Communication) 3 years
B.Sc (Multimedia) 3 years
Certificate in Community Radio Technology (CCRT) 6 months

School of Politics and Public Administration (SOPPA)

Programme Courses Duration
UG Programmes B.A Political Science (English & Tamil Medium) 3 years
B.A Public Administration (English & Tamil; Medium)
B.Sc Geography (English & Tamil Medium)
PG Programmes M.A Political Science (English & Tamil Medium) 2 years
M.A Public Administration (English & Tamil Medium)
M.A International Relation (English Medium)
M.A Development Administration (English Medium)
M.Sc Geography (English Medium)
M.A Human Rights (English & Tamil Medium)

School of History and Tourism Studies (SOHTS)

Programme Courses Duration
Undergraduate Programmes B.A History 3 years
B.A Tourism and Travel Studies
B.A History and Heritage Management
Post Graduate Programmes M.A History 2 years
M.A Tourism and Travel Studies
M.A Women Studies
Diploma Programmes Diploma in Archaeology and Epigraphy 1 year
Diploma in Museology and Conservation
Diploma in Wildlife Tourism

School of Special Education and Rehabilitation (SOSER)

  • B.Ed in Special Education [Visual Impairment / Hearing Impairment / Intellectual Disabilities] for 2 ½ years ( 5 semesters).

TNOU Fee Structure

Check the fee structure of all the courses offered in TNOU.

Course Fees
Year – I Year – II Year – III
Master Degree Programmes
M.B.A 10,500 10,500
M.C.A 14,700 14,700 14,700
M.C.A (Lateral Entry) 14,700 14,700
M.A. History 3,300 3,300
M.A. Public Administration 3,300 3,300
M.A Sociology 3,300 3,300
M.A. Economics 3,300 3,300
M.A. Tamil 3,300 3,300
M.A. English 3,300 3,300
M.A Translation Studies 3,300 3,300
M.A Linguistics 3,300 3,3000
MSW Social Work 4,400 4,400
M.A Tourism and Travel Studies 3,300 3,300
M.A Women Studies 3,300 3,300
M.A. Criminology & Criminal Justice Administration 3,300 3,300
M.A. Human Rights 3,300 3,300
M.A. Development Administration 3,300 3,300
M.A. International Relations 3,300 3,300
M.A. Police Administration 3,300 3,300
M.A Anthropology 3,300 3,300
M.A. Gender Studies 3,300 3,300
M.A Islamic Studies 3,300 3,300
M.Com 3,300 3,300
M.Sc Psychology 4,400 4,400
M.Sc Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • 9,500( Master Course in Psychology)
  • 9,900 (Bridge Course in Psychology )
  • 9,500( Master Course in Psychology)
  • 9,900 (Bridge Course in Psychology)
M.Sc Counselling & Psychotherapy (Lateral Entry-LE) 9,500
M.Sc mathematics 3,300 3,300
M.Sc Computer Science 11,000 11,000
M.Sc Geography 5,600 6,500
M.Sc. Apparel and Fashion Design 10,900 10,900
M.A Comparative Literature 4,200 4,200
M.L.I.Sc 5,000
M.B.A. (Logistics Management) 12,200 12,200
Bachelor Degree Programmes
B.A Urdu 2,200 2,200 2,200
B.A English 2,200 2,200 2,200
B.A English and Communication 2,200 2,200 2,200
B.A History 2,200 2,200 2,200
B.A. Criminology & Criminal Justice Administration 2,200 2,200 2,200
B.Sc Mathematics with Computer Applications 3,300 3,300 3,300
B.Sc Psychology 3,300 3,300 3,300
B.Sc Geography 3,300 3,300 3,300
B.Sc Computer Science 9,900 9,900 9,900
B.Sc Visual Communication 12,300 12,300 12,300
B.Sc Multimedia 37,100 37,100 37,100
BCA 8,400 8,400 8,400
BCA (Simultaneous Registration – SE) 1,800 5,200 5,200
BCA (Lateral Entry) – LE) 8,100 7,800
B.Sc in Apparel and Fashion Design 8,200 8,200 8,200
B.Sc in Apparel and Fashion Design( lateral Entry -LE) 7,800 7,800
BPA in Drama and Theatre Studies 6,500 6,500 6,500
B.Sc Physics 6,000 6,000 6,000
B.Sc Chemistry 6,000 6,000 6,000
B.Sc Botany 6,000 6,000 6,000
B.Sc. Zoology 6,000 6,000 6,000
Catering and Hotel Administration Programmes
Diploma in Food Production (OFF Campus) 25,300
Diploma in Food and Beverage Service (Off-Campus) 15,300
Diploma in Bakery and Confectionary (off-campus) 25,300
B.Sc. in Catering and Hotel Administration for Ex-Diploma Holders (Distance Mode) 10,440
B.Sc in Catering and Hotel Administration for Diploma Students (Dual Mode)
  • 3,680 (Dual Mode – 1)
  • 3,380 (Dual Mode-1)
  • 7,060 (Dual Mode-2)
  • 3,380(Dual Mode 1)
  • 3,380 (Dual Mode 2)
  • 10,440(Dual Mode 3

Fee Structure of Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma, Certificate, Preparatory, and Vocational Diploma Programmes.

Courses Total Fees
Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
PG Diploma in Information Technology Management 6,000
PG Diploma in Spoken English 3,300
PG Diploma in Psychological Counselling
  • 9,500 (Psychology)
  • 9,500(Preparatory Programme) in Psychology
PG Diploma in Mathematics 3,300
PG Diploma in Applied Mathematics 3,300
P.G.D.C.A 9,500
PG Diploma in Information Security 9,500
PG Diploma in Software Quality Management 9,500
PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling 5,300
PG Diploma in Gerontology 2,500
PG Diploma in Child Rights & Child Protection 2,500
PG Diploma in Social Social Welfare Administration 2,500
PG Diploma in Library Automation & Networking 5,000
PG Diploma in School Counselling 5,000
Diploma Programmes
Diploma in Management 5,280
Diploma in Databases 5,280
Diploma in Retail Management 3,190
Diploma in Archaeology and Epigraphy 5,600
Diploma in Museology and Conservation 5,600
Diploma in Film Acting 21,000
Diploma in Television Acting 15,800
Diploma in Drama and Theatre Acting 10,500
Diploma in Data Sciences and Big Data Analytics 10,500
Diploma in Yoga for Human excellence 850
Diploma in Cloud Computing 10,500
Diploma in Customs Clearance and Forwarding 6,750
English Language Skills 3,800
Wild Life Tourism 7,500
Certificate Programmes
Certificate in Community Radio Technology 5,600
Certificate in Yoga for Human Excellence 550
Certificate in Customs Clearance Procedure and Practices 3,600
Certificate in Linear Shipping and Freight Forwarding 3,600
Certificate Programme in Proficiency in English 1,000
Certificate Programme in Climate Change 1,300
Certificate Programme in Aquaculture 1,300
Preparatory Programmes
Preparatory Programme for Elementary (PPE) 500+300
Preparatory Programme for Secondary (PPS) 500+300
Preparatory Programme for Higher Secondary (PPH) 1000+300
Vocational Diploma Programmes (Offered through Community Colleges)
Vocational Diploma in Agricultural Marketing and Management 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Biofertilizer and Biocontrol Agents Production Technology 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Commercial Cultivation of Flowers 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Integrated Farming Systems 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Mushroom Production 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Nursery Techniques 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Organic Farming 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Kitchen and Terrace Garden management 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Seed Production of Agricultural Crops and Supply Chain Management 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Industrial Fitter 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Design Thinking 7,200
Vocational Diploma in Design Beautician 7,200 + Consumables
Vocational Diploma in Fashion Design and Garments Making 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technician 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Automotive Service Technician 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Plumbing 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Fashion Boutique Designer 7,200
Vocational Diploma in DTP Operator 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Computer Applications 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Hardware Servicing 4,200
Vocational Diploma in General Duty Assistant 7,200
Vocational Diploma in Multi Cuisine Cook 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Mechanic (Electrical/ Electronics/ Instrumentation) 4,200
Vocational Diploma in TV Repair Technician 4,200
Vocational Diploma in Acupressure Therapist 8,800
Vocational Diploma in Animation 7,200
Vocational Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Kindergarten) 7,200
Vocational Diploma in Industrial Hygiene 10,000
Vocational Diploma in Fire Safety 10,000
Vocational Diploma in Airport Ground Handling 30,000 + Training Fee
Vocational Diploma in Assistant Flight Dispatcher 30,000 + Training Fees
Vocational Diploma in Cabin Crew Management 30,000 + Training Fees

TNOU Credit System

The University follows the “Credit system” for its Programme. Each credit in the system is equivalent to 30 hours of student study comprising all learning activities (i.e., reading and comprehending the print material, attending to face-to-face counselling sessions, teleconference sessions where available and writing assignment responses/open book tests). Thus, for example, a four-credit Course expects120 hours of study from the student. Credit System helps the learners to understand the academic effort they have to put in to successfully complete a Course/Programme. Completion of an academic Programme requires successfully clearing the requirements of both Continuous Assesment and the Term-End Examination of each Course in a Programme.

TNOU Credit Exchange and Transfer

Under the scheme of Credit Exchange/Transfer in force at the University, students who had partly completed an approved Programme of study at the Indira Gandhi National Open University [IGNOU] or other Open Universities in India or at a University in Tamil Nadu recognized by the University Grants Commission, can carry forward the credits they had accumulated in the Programme of study concerned and continue the studies at the Tamil Nadu Open University, subject to the conditions laid down by the University (see Section 2.5 below).

TNOU Dual Registration

Students who are already enrolled in a Programme of one year or longer duration can simultaneously register themselves for any one-year Diploma Programme or Certificate Programme of six months duration. University shall not, however, extend any concession, if there is clash of dates for counselling or examination schedules for the two Programmes.
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