Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) is an open university imparting distance education in eastern India. It is the 45th largest university in the world.
It was established in 1997 to commemorate the birth centenary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It has its headquarters at 1, Woodburn Park, Kolkata, once the residence of Netaji. Its medium of instruction are English and Bengali. Modeled on the Open University, UK and the IGNOU, it offers courses in different disciplines of taught graduate and post-graduate study and is one of the largest growing distance education universities in eastern India.
The University functions from the following campuses:
* Netaji Subhas Open University, 1 Woodburn Park, Kolkata 700020 (Headquarters of all administrative works)
* Netaji Subhas Open University, 2nd Floor, 134/1, Meghnad Saha Sarani, Kolkata 700029 (School of Professional and Technological Studies, Office of the Controller of Examinations and Centre for Language Studies)
* Netaji Subhas Open University, 24/8, Garcha 1st Lane, Kolkata 700019 (Transmission Centre of FM Channel Gyan Vani).
* Netaji Subhas Open University, 1st Floor, K2, Bidhan Nagar Fire Station, Sector-V, Salt Lake , Kolkata 700091 (School of Sciences , Publications, Online and Video-Conferencing Units)
* Ben Fish Bhavan, Salt Lake (another Print and Publication Section).
The University is developing a 15-acre integrated campus at Kalyani.
At present, the University is continuing its work with 160 Study Centres. In near future more Study Centres will be opened.
The following programms are offered by Netaji Subhas Open University.
* Undergraduate Honours Courses
o Humanities and Social Science: Bengali, English, History, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Public Administration.
o Science: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, Geography.
o Commerce: B.Com.
* Postgraduate Courses
o Humanities and Social Science: Bengali, English, English Language Teaching, History, Education, Social Work, Political Science.
o Science: Geography, Zoology, Mathematics.
o Commerce: M.com
o Interdisciplinary Science: Library Science.
o Computer Science: MCA.
o Business Administration: MBA.
* PhD Programmes
o Arts: all subjects
o Science: Mathematics, Geography, Environmental Science
o Computer Science/Application
o Distance Education
o Interdisciplinary Subjects
Besides NSOU offers various certificate, diploma and postgraduate diploma courses.
The Central library of Netaji Subhas Open University is located at the Golpark Campus of the University (2nd Floor, 134/1, Meghnad Saha Sarani, Kolkata-29). Library facilities are also available at its Study Centres.
* Recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC).
* Recognized by Distance Education Council, Govt. of India.
* Recognized by other State Universities in West Bengal.
* The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
* The University is a member of the Association of Asian Open Universities (AAOU).
* The University is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
Netaji Subhas Open University in collaboration with Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore has launched Bangla Online (an Online Language Teaching Course on Bengali Language) on March 24, 2004.
In 2006, Netaji Subhas Open University received Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA) from Commonwealth of Learning (COL) for institutional excellence.
Scholarships are grant-in-aid to a student who wants to pursue education at Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata