Nalanda Open University

Nalanda Open University
Nalanda University
Established 1987
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Sidheshwar Prasad Sinha
Vice-Chancellor Mr. Vijay Shankar Dubey
Location Patna, Bihar, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC



Nalanda Open University (NOU) is a university at Patna in Bihar state in India. The university was established in March, 1987. It is named after the famous Buddhist University of Nalanda, the ancient seat of learning. In 1995 the Nalanda Open University Act was passed, and the University came under the jurisdiction of that law. It is the only University in Bihar providing education through Distance and Open education. With a vision of providing education to those who have been deprived of formal education, it follows the norms of flexibility with respect to eligibility, admission and course structure. Nalanda Open University has 28 Study Centers all over Bihar. They are situated in the more important cities like Jamshedpur and Ranchi and also in small towns like Katihar and Bettiah, thus catering to the educational needs of every section of the society.


Degree courses at undergraduate level and degree as well as diploma courses at post graduate level are offered. Certificate courses for 6 or 9 months are also provided in this university. Nalanda Open University is the only university where various courses on Bihari Languages (Magahi, Bhojpuri, Maithili) are offered.

Courses offered [1] :

Post Graduate Degree Programs

The university offers a Master of Arts(M.A) in Magahi, Bhojpuri, Rural Development, Economics, Geography, Hindi, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration, Journalism & Mass Communication, Education and Urdu.

The university offers a Master of Science in Geography, Botany and Mathematics.

The university also offers Master of Computer Application (MCA), Master of Library & Information Science (One Year Course), and Master in Commerce (M.Com).

Post Graduate Diploma Programmes

The university offers post graduate diploma programmes in Marketing Management, Financial Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Yogic Studies and Disaster Management.

Graduate or Degree Programmes

The university offers B.A. Honours in Economics, Hindi, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Geography, Tourism, and Home Science.

The university offers Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology, and Home Science.

The university also offers Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Library and InformationScience (One Year Course), and Bachelor of Computer Applications.


  • Intermediate of Arts
  • Intermediate of Commerce
  • Intermediate of Science


The university offers a nine-month certificate programme in Computing, Library Science, Clinical Dental Technique, Dental and Oral Hygiene, ECG Technique, Laboratory Technique, Medical Laboratory Technique, Physiotherapy and Yoga Therapy, and Operation Theatre Assistant.

The university also offers a six-month programme in the languages of Magahi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Pali, Prakrit, Sanskrit, Urdu and the fields of Disaster Management, Indian Constitution and Panchayati Raj, Abolotion of Child Labour, Bio-fertilizer Production, Buddhist Studies, Jain Studies, Child and Women Rights, Child Psychology and Guidance, Christian Studies, Environment Studies, Floriculture Technology, Health and Environment, Food and Nutrition, HIV and Family Education, Insurance Services, Hindu Studies, Islamic Studies, Sikh Studies, Legal Awareness among Women, Medicinal and Aromatic Plant, Nutrition and Child Care and Soil Health Management.

The university also offers a four-week Certification Programme in Home Usages of Computers.


The University has been organized to function through the following Schools of Learning:

  • School of Management Studies & physical Sciences
  • School of Health & Environmental Sciences
  • School of Commerce & Social Sciences
  • School of Indian Languages & Religion
  • School of Computer & Information Sciences
  • School of Teachers Education

See also

  • List of Open Education Institutions


External links

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