Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) was established in the year 2002 by the Government of Tamil Nadu for the introduction and promotion of Open Learning and Distance Education systems in the educational pattern of the State and for the co-ordination and determination of standards in such systems. Since its inception, the University has been providing open and distance learning (ODL) to groups such as those living in remote and rural areas including the working people, housewives, physically handicapped and SC/ST students. At present, with a cumulative student strength of 5,29,263 in 134 Programmes of study across various disciplines and skills at different levels from Certificate to Post Graduate that are imparted through 13 academic schools, 5 Support Divisions, 1 Media Centre and a network of 400 Learner Support and Service Centres across the state. It admits the students throughout the year under two admission cycles, viz., Calendar Year (Jan. – June) and Academic Year (July – Dec.).
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 Countinuous 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 durat io n can simultaneously register themselves for any one year Diploma Programme or Certificate Programme of six months duration . The University shall not, however, extend any concession, if there is clash of dates for counselling or examination schedules for the two Programmes.