List of approved Distance Education Universities in India

Distance learning institutes, Colleges, Universities in India is increasing in students enrolment crossing the 12 million mark. While experts in the distance and online education field give servey that it is wooming in the gross enrolment ratio in higher education (30 percent by 2025), it is the quality aspect in offering such courses which is of prime concern. Education After 12th  Team is providing to you the list of approved Distance Education universities in India/World.

In December 2012, Central Government has given the responsibility of undertaking the regulatory functions of the Distance Education  from Distance Education Council (DEC) to University Grants Commission (UGC). Thus, UGC is the main conducting body in the country for distance education and it has been providing approval to the institutes to offer courses that must follow certain norms, condition and guidelines.

It is highly advised that respective students who want to enroll into a Distance Education / Correspondence Course to confirm if the University and the course into which the student wishes to enroll is recognized Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi. The DEC is the body responsible for the direction and coordination of the Distance Education Universities and Distance Learning system, and for the determination of its standards. Students enrolling into courses of universities that are not DEC Recognized might be doing so on their own risk as the course could not be valid for some higher studies / job opportunities.

Advantages of  distance education Universities

The advantages of studying by distance education allow you to:

  • You can make your career after 12th and graduation without regular college wherever you are – rural, metropolitan or overseas
  • You can study with work, social or family commitments. You can even study at home.
  • It will suit your schedule -there is  full-time or part-time distance study available with many degrees
  • You can develop and demonstrate your autonomy through self-motivation and self-direction of your degree
  • You can be in  contact with other students through online learning environment, residential schools and through direct contact with your lecturers via the forum, email or by phone
  • have time to review your study materials without having to rush off to the next class.
  • You have not burden to being at lectures and tutorials at times that may not fit in with your lifestyle
  • have the Facility of course materials being bought and delivered to your home or office
  • In Distance Learning Education both full-time and part-time study options are available.

While choosing the institute for distance education and Learning, you must be careful to select the approved ones. For that, you sholud have a list of approved Distance Education universities in India.

Below Mentioned is list of approved Distance Education universities statewise

list of approved Distance Education universities in Delhi / NCR

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
AIMA, DelhiPrivate Institution2014-15www.aima–
Delhi University, DelhiCentral
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, DelhiState Government University2013-14www.dde–
Indira Gandhi National Open University, DelhiCentral University2014–
Institute of Rail Transport, New DelhiPrivate Institute2013–14www.irt–
Jamia Hamdard, New DelhiDeemed
Jamia Milia Islamia, New DelhiCentral
Rashtriya Sanskrit SansthanDeemed
TECNIA Institute of Technology, DelhiPrivate
TERI School of Advanced Studies, New DelhiDeemed to be University
Institute of Management and Development, New DelhiPrivate Institute TCV
National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, New DelhiGovernment Institute

list of approved Distance Education universities in ANDHRA PRADESH.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Acharya Nagarjuna University, GunturState Government University2014–
Andhra University, VisakhapatnamState Government University2014–
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, HyderabadState Open University2014–
Dravidian University, KuppamState Government University2014–
Gitam University, VisakhapatnamDeemed University2014–
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, HyderabadState Government University2014–
Kakatiya University, WarangalState Government University2014–
Maulana Azad National Urdu University, HyderabadCentral University2014–
NALSAR University of Law, HyderabadState Government University2014–15
Osmania University, HyderabadState Government University2014–
Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, HyderabadState Government University2014–15
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, TirupatiDeemed University2014–15
Rayalseema University, KurnoolState Government University2014–
Sri Krishnadevaraya University, AnantapurState Government University2014–
Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, TirupatiState Government University2014–
Sri Venkateswara University, TirupatiState Government University2014–
University of English & Foreign Languages, HyderabadCentral University2014–
University of Hyderabad, HyderabadCentral University2014–
ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, HyderabadDeemed to be University2014-15
National Institute of Rural Development, HyderabadCentral Government

list of approved Distance Education universities in ASSAM.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Dibrugarh University, DibrugarhState Government
Guwahati University, GuwahatiState Government
Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University, GuwahatiState Open
Don Bosco University Global, GuwahatiPrivate State
Assam University, SilcharCentral
Assam Down Town University, GuwahatiState Private
Tezpur University, TezpurCentral

list of approved Distance Education universities in ARUNACHAL PRADESH.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Rajiv Gandhi University, ItanagarCentral

list of approved Distance Education universities in CHHATTISGARH.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Dr. CV Raman University, BilaspurPrivate State
MATS University, RaipurPrivate State
Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, RaipurState Government
Pt. Sunderlal Sharma (Open) University, BilaspurState Open

list of approved Distance Education universities in BIHAR.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, MuzaffarpurState Government
Lalit Narayan Mithila University, DarbhangaState Government University2014-15
Magadh University, Bodh GayaState Government
Nalanda Open University, PatnaState Open
Patna University, PatnaState Government
Jai Prakash University, Chhapra State Government University2014-15

list of approved Distance Education universities in GUJARAT.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, AhmedabadState
Gujarat Vidyapith, AhmedabadDeemed
Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, VadodaraDeemed
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, AhmedabadPrivate
Saurashtra University RajkotState

list of approved Distance Education universities in HARYANA.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Chaudhary Devilal University, SirsaState Government
Guru Jambheshwar University, HisarState Government
JK Business School, Gurgaon, HaryanaPrivate
Kurukshetra University, KurukshetraState Government
Maharishi Dayanand University, RohtakState Government
Maharshi Markandeshwar University, AmblalaDeemed
Manav Rachna International UniversityDeemed
IILM Institute of Higher Education, GurgaonPrivate

list of approved Distance Education universities in KARNATAKA.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Gulbarga University, GulbargaState Government
Kannada University, HampiState Government
Karnataka State Open University, MysoreState
Karnataka University, DharwadState Government
Kuvempu University, ShimogaState Government
Mangalore University, MangaloreState Government
National Law School of India University, BangaloreState Government
Swamy Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Sansthan, BangaloreDeemed
Visvesvaraya Technological University, BelgaumDeemed
Bangalore University, BangaloreState
Manipal University, Manipal [Formerly Manipal Academy of Higher Education]Deemed to be

Bhartiya Vidya Foundation, International School of Business & Research, Bangalore

Karnataka State Women’s University, BijapurState
Tumkur University, TumkurState
IFIM, Business School, BangalorePrivate

list of approved Distance Education universities in MAHARASHTRA.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, PuneDeemed
Dr. D Y Patil University, PuneDeemed University2014-15
Indian Institute of Material Management, Navi MumbaiPrivate
Indira International Distance Education Academy, IGI, PunePrivate
International Institute for Population Sciences, MumbaiDeemed
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, WardhaCentral
NMIMS University, MumbaiDeemed
Padmashree Dr. DY Patil University, Navi MumbaiDeemed
Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, AmravatiState Government
Shivaji University, KolhapurState Government
Shreemati Nathibai Daodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University, MumbaiState Government
Sinhgad Technical Education Society, PunePrivate
Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, NandedState Government
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, PunePrivate
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MumbaiDeemed
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, PuneDeemed
University of Mumbai, MumbaiState Government
Welingkar Institute of Management Studies, MumbaiPrivate
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, NashikState Open
Balaji Institute of Modern Management, PunePrivate
Mumbai Education Trust, MumbaiPrivate
Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, WardhaPrivate
MIT School of Distance Education, PunePrivate
PSB Educational Foundation, PunePrivate

list of approved Distance Education universities in KERALA.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Kannur University, KannurState Government
Mahatma Gandhi University, KottayamState Government
University of Calicut, KozhikodeState Government
University of Kerala, ThiruvananthapuramState Government

list of approved Distance Education universities in J&K.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
University of Jammu, JammuState Government
University of Kashmir, SrinagarState Government

list of approved Distance Education universities in MADHYA PRADESH.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Awadhes Pratap Singh University, RewaState Government
Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, BhopalState Government
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, IndoreState Government
Dr Harisingh Gour V V , SagarCentral
Jiwaji University, GwaliorState Government
M.G. Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, ChitrakootState Government University2014-15www.ruraluniversity–
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, BhopalState Open
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya, KatniState Government
Rani Durgawati University, JabalpurState Government

list of approved Distance Education universities in HIMACHAL PRADESH.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Himachal Pradesh University, ShimlaState Government

list of approved Distance Education universities in UTTAR PRADESH.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Aligarh Muslim University, AligarhCentral
Amity University, NoidaPrivate State
Dayalbagh Education Institute, AgraDeemed
IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute, GhaziabadPrivate
Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, Bhadohi, UPState Government Institution2011–
NIMT, Greater NoidaPrivate Institution2013-14
Shobhit Institute of Engg. & Tech., MeerutDeemed
Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, MeerutPrivate State University2011–
U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University, AllahabadState Open
University of Allahabad, AllahabadCentral
Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, (Deemed

University), Allahabad [Formerly, Allahabad Agricultural Institute]

Deemed to be
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, AgraState
Jagadguru Rambhadrachary Handicapped University, ChitrakootState Private
BLS Institute of Management, GhaziabadPrivate
NIMT Institute of Technology and Management, GhaziabadPrivate
Teerthankar Mahaveer University, MoradabadState Private
Integral University, LucknowState Private
Graduate School of Business and Administration, Greater NoidaPrivate

list of approved Distance Education universities in TRIPURA.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
ICFAI University, AgartalaPrivate
Tripura University, AgartalaCentral

list of approved Distance Education universities in UTTARAKHAND.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, HaridwarPrivate State
ICFAI University, DehradunPrivate State
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, DehradunPrivate State
Uttarakhand Open University, HaldwaniState Open
Kumaun University, NainitalState
Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, HaridwarDeemed to be

list of approved Distance Education universities in TAMIL NADU.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Alagappa University, KaraikudiState Government
Annamalai University, AnnamalainagarState Government University2014-15
Bharathiar University, CoimbatoreState Government University2014-15www.b–
Bharathidasan University, TiruchirapalliState Government
Karpagam University, CoimbatoreDeemed
Madurai Kamaraj University, MaduraiState Government
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, TirunelveliState Government
Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research

(Meenakshi University), Chennai

Deemed UniversityTCV
Mother Teresa Women’s University, KodaikanalState Government
Periyar University, SalemState Government
St. Peter’s University, ChennaiDeemed
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, CoimbatoreState Government
Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, ChennaiState Government University2014-15
Tamil Nadu Open University, ChennaiState Open
Tamil University, ThanjavurState Government
University of Madras, ChennaiState Government
Vinayaka Missions University, SalemDeemed
Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, ChennaiPrivate
Gandhigram Rural Institute, GandhigramDeemed to be
Shanmugha Arts Science, Technology & Research Academy, ThanjavurDeemed to be
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswamahavidyalaya, KanchipuramDeemed to be
Sri Ramachandra University, ChennaiDeemed to be
Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science & Technology, ThanjavurDeemed to be
Periyar Maniammai University, ThanjavurDeemed to be
Karunya Institute of Technology & Sciences, CoimbatoreDeemed to be
Confederation of Indian Industry of Logistics, ChennaiPrivate

list of approved Distance Education universities in SIKKIM.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
ICFAI University, GangtokPrivate
Sikkim Manipal University, GangtokPrivate State
EIILM University, JorethangState
Vinayaka Mission’s Sikkim University, GangtokState

list of approved Distance Education universities in RAJASTHAN.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Bhagwant University, AjmerPrivate State
Jagan Nath University, JaipurPrivate State
Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, LadnunDeemed
Jaipur National University, JaipurPrivate State
Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University, JaipurPrivate State
JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, UdaipurDeemed
NIMS University, JaipurPrivate State
Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, KotaState Open
Institute of Advance Studies in Education, SardarsharDeemed to be
Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, PilaniDeemed to be
Suresh Gyan Vihar University, JaipurState
Jodhpur National University, JodhpurState

list of approved Distance Education universities in PUNJAB.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Guru Nanak Dev University, AmritsarState Government
Lovely Professional University, PhagwaraPrivate State
Panjab University, ChandigarhState Government
Punjab Technical University, JalandharState Government
Punjabi University, PatialaState Government
Thapar Instt. of Engineering & Technology, Patiala (Thapar University)Deemed

list of approved Distance Education universities in WEST BENGAL.

list of approved Distance Education universities in ODISHA.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Jadavpur University, KolkataState Government
Netaji Subhas Open University, KolkataState Open
Rabindra Bharati University, KolkataState Government
University of Burdwan, BurdwanState Government
University of Kalyani, KalyaniState Government
University of North Bengal, DarjeelingState Government
Vidyasagar University, MidnaporeState Government

list of approved Distance Education universities in NAGALAND.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
The Global Open University, DimapurState Private University

list of approved Distance Education universities in MIZORAM.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
ICFAI, AizawlState Private

list of approved Distance Education universities in PONDICHERRY.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Pondicherry University, PondicherryCentral

list of approved Distance Education universities in MEGHALAYA.

University/InstitutionCategoryApproval UptoWebsite
Mahatma Gandhi University, Khana ParaPrivate State
NEHU, ShillongCentral

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