Nalanda Open University

The Nalanda Open University is the only University in the State of Bihar meant for imparting learning exclusively through the system of distance education. The University was established in March, 1987 by an ordinance, promulgated by the Government of Bihar. Later, Nalanda Open University Act, 1995 was passes by the Bihar Legislature, replacing the Ordinance, and the University came under the authority and jurisdiction of the new Act automatically. The University is named after the famous Nalanda University of Ancient India.

Nalanda Open University (NOU) Updates:

At present, the University is functioning from its camp office at Biscomaun Bhawan, 2nd and 3rd Floors, Patna 800 001. The University has established at its camp office at Patna a well equipped and fully automated modern office in an area of approximately 30,000 sq. feet, which houses an examination centre for about 550 students, a state of the art Library with about 30,000 titles and a computer laboratory of about 40 IBM Pentium-4 computers, apart from administrative offices and other infra-structures. The University is recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC), University Grants Commission (UGC), and Ministry of HRD, Government of India for imparting education through distance mode.

Eligibility Criteria:

The following are the minimum requirement for admission to various courses:

Sl. No. Name of the Course Eligibility /Qualification Duration of the course
1. Ph.D. (Program is suspended till further order) Post Graduation in Relevant Area*
2. Master's Degree in Arts Subjects Bachelor or equivalent Degree in any subject 2 Years
3. Master's Degree in Science Subjects Bachelor or equivalent Degree in the concerned Science subject 2 Years

1 Year

5. MJMC Bachelor Degree or equivalent Degree in any subject or PGDJMC

2 Years

6. MCA BCA/ B.Sc.(Computer Science) or Bachelor's Degree with Mathematics as subject + Certificate in Computing 3 Years
7. Master's Degree in Commerce Bachelor's Degree in Commerce

2 Years

8. P.G.Diploma Courses Bachelor's Degree or equivalent*

1 Year

9. B.Ed Courses Bachelor's Degree in any subject with atleast 45% marks at graduate level plus 2 Years teaching experience 2 Years
10. BLIS Bachelor Degree or equivalent*

1 Year

11. Bachelor's Degree in Arts Subjects Intermediate in any stream 3 Years
12. Bachelor's Degree in Science Subjects Intermediate in Science 3 Years
13. Bachelor's Degree Courses (B.Com) Intermediate in any stream

3 Years

14. BCA Intermediate with Maths or I.A with Certificate in Computing

3 Years

15. Intermediate Matriculation or Equivalent

2 Years

16. Certificate Courses Matriculation or Intermediate as per requirement of each programme

9/6 Months

*Conditions Apply

Note : Only such degrees and certificates will be considered as equivalent which have been recognized as such by the Academic Council of the Nalanda Open University

Admission Process

Any eligible person can apply for admission in one of the courses of his choice, offered by the University. The admission form (Annexure-A) and prospectus may be obtained through Demand Draft of Rs. 300.00 from the sales counters of the University or by sending the demand draft of Rs.350.00 by registered post, drawn in favour of Nalanda Open University, Payable at Patna. No money order or postal order is accepted. The demand draft must be made in the name of Nalanda Open University payable at Patna. The sales counters of the University function on all working days from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The admission form, supported by the photo copy of the following documents, must reach the Registrar, Nalanda Open University, 3rd Floor, Biscoumann Bhawan, Patna 800 001, Bihar, before the last date for submission of form, either personally or by registered post.

Document required with the admission form :

  • Attested Photocopy of the mark sheet of the qualifying examination, which has been prescribed as eligibility condition by the University for getting admission in the desired course and Attested certificate of marticulation for proof of age.
  • Attested Caste certificate, issued by DM/DC/SDO or any other person authorised to issue such Certificate for SC/ST/BC/OBC candidates, seeking admission on reserved quota.
  • Candidates, applying for B.Ed. course, must deposit all prescribed documents along with the admission form, as per requirement of that course which shall be intimated to them separately.

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Phone Numbers: 
Telephone : 0612-2201013,0612-2206916
NALANDA OPEN UNIVERSITY2nd/3rd Floor,Biscomaun Bhawan,Gandhi Maidan,Patna 800 001 (BIHAR)
Institute Details
Regular Course
Distance Learning
Fee Structure: 
0 - 2 lacs
Kind of courses: 
Under Graduation
Post Graduation
Available Courses: 
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