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Netaji Subhas Open University

Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) is a distance education university located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was established in 1997 and named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a prominent freedom fighter of India. The university aims to provide quality education to those who cannot attend traditional full-time courses due to various reasons like work, distance, financial constraints, etc.

NSOU offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Arts, Science, Commerce, and Professional fields. It also offers a number of vocational courses, diploma courses, and certificate courses. The university uses various modes of delivery for its courses, such as print materials, audio-visual aids, personal contact programs, and online resources.

The university has several study centers across West Bengal, and it also provides study materials and support services to learners through its regional centers. The university has a dedicated faculty and a team of professionals to provide academic and administrative support to the learners.

NSOU has been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Distance Education Council (DEC) of India, and it is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).


NSOU offers undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma, certificate, and vocational courses in various fields such as Arts, Science, Commerce, and Professional courses.

The undergraduate courses offered by NSOU include

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA),
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.),
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.),
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS),
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW),
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA),
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), and
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.).

The postgraduate courses offered by NSOU include

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Bengali,
  • English,
  • History,
  • Political Science,
  • Public Administration,
  • Sociology,
  • Education,
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Mathematics,
  • Master of Commerce (M.Com.),
  • Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS),
  • Master of Social Work (MSW),
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), and
  • Master of Computer Applications (MCA).

NSOU also offers diploma courses in various fields such as

  • Early Childhood Care and Education,
  • Journalism and Mass Communication,
  • Women’s Studies,
  • Rural Development, and Human Rights.

Certificate courses offered by the university include

  • Spoken English,
  • Computer Applications, and
  • Web Designing.

Apart from the regular academic courses, NSOU also offers various vocational courses such as

  • Computer Hardware and Networking,
  • Beauty Therapy,
  • Fashion Designing, and
  • Photography.

The admission process for NSOU varies depending on the course and the eligibility criteria. Generally, admission is based on the candidate’s performance in the qualifying examination or entrance examination conducted by the university. The university also provides various scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students.