Established in the year 2002, Tamil Nadu Open University is the first open university at Chennai located in the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. The main objective of the university is to provide benefits to the people who are not able to afford higher education. The courses offered by the University are recognized by UGC, NCTE, RCI, and DEB.

The University offers several UG and PG programmes such as B.A., B.Com, B.Sc., BBA, MBA, MCA, M.A. and M.Sc. TNOU also offers Certificate and Vocational courses to the candidates along with full-fledged courses. It has around 218 Programmes of study across various disciplines. It is also the first University in the state to have introduced the credit-based self – learning materials in print.

Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) PhD Admission 2021 selection has been declared online on the official website: tnou.ac.in, on February 2, 2021. Selected candidates have to apply for PhD admission by February 9, 2021. Selected candidates can register for Admission process till April 30, 2021.

The University is one of the 5, among the 15 Open Universities in the country, to have been accorded the 12B of the UGC. 

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TNOU Chennai Highlights 2020

Establishment 2002
Type of Institute Open University
Approved by UGC, DEB
Selection Process Merit-Based
Facilities Library, Hostel, Canteen, etc.
Official website  http://www.tnou.ac.in/programmes/
Courses Offered UG, PG, Diploma
Counseling At the University Level

TNOU Chennai Courses

TNOU provides undergraduate programs, postgraduate programs, PG Diploma as well as Certificate programs. The duration of UG courses is for three years and PG courses are for 2 years. Some of the major courses are tabulated below:

Course Specializations Eligibility Selection Criteria
B.Sc Mathematics 10th exam as well as 12th (HSC) examination or Equivalent or PUC or TNOU BPP or 10th +3 Years Diploma or 11th+2 Years TTC or 10th +2 Years ITI Based on HSC examination or TNOU BPP, followed by counseling.
Mathematics with Computer Applications
Physics
Chemistry
Botany
Zoology
Psychology
Geography
Multimedia
Computer science
Apparel and Fashion Design
BCA - 10th or 12th (HSC) examination or equivalent or PUC or TNOU BPP Based on 10+2 examination or TNOU BPP followed by counseling.
BBA General 10+2 examination from a recognized board. Based on merit in HSC examination or TNOU BPP followed by counseling.
Marketing Management
Retail Management
Computer Applications
MCA - Graduate in any stream with Mathematics in 10+2 or Graduation level On the basis of merit in the qualifying examination
MBA General Any UG degree with at least 50% marks in aggregate. Selection will be based on merit followed by counseling.
Hospital Administration
Logistics Management
Shipping and Logistics Management
M.Com - B.Com or any other equivalent degree Merit based followed by counselling
PG Diploma Spoken English Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University. Merit based followed by counselling
Psychological Counselling Bachelor’s/ Master’s Degree in Psychology or any Graduate applicants.

Apart from the above listed courses, TNOU Chennai also offers BA, B.Lit, B.Com, BSW, BPA, MA, M.Sc, MSW, M.LI. Sc., Diploma Courses, Vocational Diploma courses and one certificate programme in Entrepreneurship Development.

TNOU Chennai Admission Process

Students applying for Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate, Diploma, and PG Diploma programs offered by the Tamil Nadu Open University must visit the specified study centers to get the application forms and prospectus. The final selection of the candidates is based on the completion of the qualifying exam followed by counseling.

How to Apply?

  • The candidates have to visit the official website namely www.tnou.ac.in
  • On the home page, click on Online Admission and you will be redirected to another page.
  • For new candidates, they have to click on register and then register providing their personal and educational details.
  • The candidates are requested to fill in correct information by duly checking their eligibility criterias as fees once paid will not be refunded.

Documents required are:

  • Passport size photographs.
  • Signature of the candidate
  • 10th Standard Mark Sheet or equivalent in support of Date of Birth
  • 12th Standard Mark Sheet (wherever applicable).
  • UG Degree Certificate (wherever applicable).
  • Community Certificate in respect of SC/ST/OBC (NCL) candidates.

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TNOU Chennai Results

TNOU annual examinations are conducted in the month of June every year. TNOU Results are always published on its official website.

How to check results?

  • Visit the official website of Tamil Nadu Open University and click on the ‘Results’ section under quick links.
  • Click on the relevant Result Link among the Links available to the candidates.
  • The candidates will be required to login with their roll number.
  • Results will be shown on the computer screen and can also be saved or downloaded for further use.

Tamil Nadu Open University Exam Timetable, TNOU Hall Ticket, and TNOU Consolidated Mark Sheet can also be downloaded from the official website of the University.

For more details check:  TNOU Chennai Result

TNOU Chennai Scholarships

TNOU University provides the facilities to reserved category and disabled candidates in the form of exemption from tuition fees. The following are the scholarships available to the students:

  • SC/ ST students who are pursuing distance education are eligible for reimbursement of fees if they are not employed and if the annual income of their parents does not exceed INR 1,00,000. The students should apply for scholarships in the prescribed form to be obtained from the Offices of Adi Dravidar/ Tribal Welfare Department along with the supporting documents.
  • Differently-abled students studying a Program at the University are eligible for tuition fee exemption. 

TNOU Chennai Placements

The University Placements are offered to all the candidates through its dedicated Placement Portal which has been specially designed to meet up the requirements of the recruiters and the students. Up to now TNOU has successfully placed more than 60,000 students and is continuously working to bring the best placement opportunities for the students. TNOU offers a range of Seminars, Guest Lectures, webinars, Conferences, Corporate Meets, Personality Development & Communication Skills Programs, and Counselling Sessions to make the candidate's ready for the placement in the society.

TNOU Chennai Facilities

  • Library: The College has an air-conditioned well-designed and spacious library hall with a vast collection of 55,000 reference books, textbooks, and journals in total.
  • Hostel: TNOU provides separate accommodation facilities for both boys and girls with furnished single occupied, twin sharing, and three sharing accommodation. The hostel's mess has good hygiene conditions with healthy food.
  • Food Court: There is a food court that serves hygienic food and has cleaned kitchens and dining halls.
  • Transportation: The College provides buses that are well connected with all the geographical locations of surrounding areas so that students can commute safely.
  • Environment: The university has a big area campus surrounded by greenery and pollution-free landmass. 
  • Sports: It promotes all sports activities and participation in competitive sports events. The university has achieved several accolades in sporting events in Rowing, Boxing, Powerlifting, Taekwondo, Rollball, and more at national and international levels. 
  • Hospital: It has a highly qualified medical team that attends to all medical needs of the students, faculty, and staff on campus. The medical team is well equipped and provides an ambulance for emergencies. There is also a pharmacy on campus that offers medicines and other healthcare necessities
  • Laboratories: TNOU has highly equipped labs more than 40 for the students in order to apply their knowledge practically to gain real-time exposure.

TNOU Chennai Faculty

The faculty is well qualified and has a great experience of teaching for more than 15 years. They are very good in nature too and solve all the queries of the students related to the course and they help in every matter. Some of the faculty members are:

Name Designation Qualification
Dr.G.Rita Goretti Lourdes HOD Professor Department Of Education MA, M.Ed, PGDHE, PhD
Dr.K.Murugan HOD Professor Department Of Humanities MA,PGDTE,M.Litt, PhD
Dr.M.Manivannan HOD Professor Department Of Special Education Rehabilitation MA, M.Ed, PGDHE, PhD
Dr.M.Murugan HOD Professor Department Of Science M.Sc,M.phil,PGDCA,PhD

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TNOU Chennai FAQs

Ques. How is TNOU as an educational institution? 

Ans. Tamil Nadu Open University is the first open university at Chennai located in the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. The main objective of the university is to provide benefits to the people who are not able to afford higher education. It has around 218 Programmes of study across various disciplines. It is also the the first University in the state to have introduced the credit – based self – learning materials in print.

Ques. What are the courses offered by TNOU? 

Ans. The courses offered by the University are recognized by UGC, NCTE, RCI, and DEB. The University offers several UG and PG programmes such as B.A., B.Com, B.Sc., BBA, MBA, MCA, M.A. and M.Sc. TNOU also offers Certificate and Vocational courses to the candidates along with full-fledged courses.

Ques. What documents are required during admissions at TNOU? 

Ans. The documents required are:

  • Passport size photographs.
  • Signature of the candidate
  • 10th Standard Mark Sheet or equivalent in support of Date of Birth
  • 12th Standard Mark Sheet (wherever applicable).
  • UG Degree Certificate (wherever applicable).
  • Community Certificate in respect of SC/ST/OBC (NCL) candidates.

Ques. How is the placement avenue at TNOU? 

Ans. The University Placements are offered to all the candidates through its dedicated Placement Portal which has been specially designed to meet up the requirements of the recruiters and the students. Up to now TNOU has successfully placed more than 60,000 students and is continuously working to bring the best placement opportunities for the students.

Ques. Does TNOU have hostel facilities? 

Ans. Yes, TNOU provides separate accommodation facilities for both boys and girls with furnished single occupied, twin sharing, and three sharing accommodation. The hostel's mess has good hygiene conditions with healthy food. There is a food court that serves hygienic food and has cleaned kitchens and dining halls.

Ques. What are the facilities available on campus at TNOU? 

Ans. The range of facilities available at TNOU are - 

  • Transportation: The College provides buses that are well connected with all the geographical locations of surrounding areas so that students can commute safely.
  • Environment: The university has a big area campus surrounded by greenery and pollution-free landmass. 
  • Sports: It promotes all sports activities and participation in competitive sports events. 
  • Hospital: It has a highly qualified medical team that attends to all medical needs of the students, faculty, and staff on campus. 
  • Laboratories: TNOU has highly equipped labs more than 40 for the students in order to apply their knowledge practically to gain real-time exposure.
  • Library: The College has an air-conditioned well-designed and spacious library hall with a vast collection of 55,000 reference books, textbooks, and journals in total.

Ques. Is the TNOU a recognized university?

Ans. Yes, Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) was established by an Act (Act No.27) of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of Tamil Nadu in 2002. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given recognition to the TNOU under Sec.12-B of the UGC Act, 1956.

Ques. Is the TNOU student (Formal Stream) eligible for UPSC examinations?

Ans. Yes, because TNOU is a recognized university established by the Govt. of Tamilnadu, the students are eligible to appear for any kind of government examination.

Ques. Does Distance Education at TNOU Chennai have the same status as conventional education?

Ans. Yes, distance education is the accepted model adopted by a number of universities the world over. Almost all these universities use the conventional mode too.

Ques. Where are the Regional Centres of TNOU University located?

Ans. The Regional Centres of TNOU Chennai are located in the following districts in Tamil Nadu: i. Chennai, ii.Dharmapuri, iii.Madurai, iv.Trichy, v.Coimbatore, vi.Villupuram, vii. Nilgiris and viii.Tirunelveli.

Ques. Does the University provide study material?

Ans. Yes, TNOU provides study material in Self Learning format to the students for all its Programmes. The cost of this is included in the Programme Fees.