Nalanda Open University Patna


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.

The University is recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC), University Grants Commission, and Ministry of HRD, Government of India for imparting education through distance mode.

 Nalanda Open University is a State Open University duly established under the Act of Bihar Government and is also recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi since 1997 vide their letter Nos. :

DEC/Univ/State/2007/5583 dated 31.8.2007,
DEC/OU/Recog/2008/7829 dated 08.4.2008,
DEC/Recog/NOU/2008/17385 dated 18.12.2008

Courses Offered


1. Master of Computer Application (MCA)
2. M.A. (Economics)
3. M.A. (Geography)
4. M.Sc. (Geography)
5. M.A. (Hindi)
6. M.A. (History)
7. M.A. (Magahi)
8. M.A. (Political Science)
9. M.A. (Psychology)
10. M.A. (Sociology)
11. M.A. (Public Administration)
12. M.A. (Rural Development)
13. M.A. (Journalism & Mass Communication)
14. Master of Library & Information Science (One Year Course)
15. Master in Commerce (M.Com)
16. M.A. (Bhojpuri)
17. M.A. (Education)
18. M.A. (Urdu)
19. M.Sc. (Botany)
20. M.Sc. (Mathematics)
21. M.Sc. (Physics)
22. M.Sc. (Zoology)


23. Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
24. Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
25. Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
26. Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Studies


27.  B.A. Honours (Economics)
28. B.A. Honours (Hindi)
29. B.A. Honours (History)
30. B.A. Honours (Pol. Science)
31. B.A. Honours (Psychology)
32. B.A. Honours (Sociology)
33. B.A. Honours (Social Work)
34. B.A. Honours (Geography)
35. B.A. Honours (Tourism)
36. B.A. Honours (Home Science)



37. B.Sc. Honours (Botany)
38. B.Sc. Honours (Chemistry)
39. B.Sc. Honours (Geography)
40. B.Sc. Honours (Mathematics)
41. B.Sc. Honours (Physics)
42. B.Sc. Honours (Zoology)
43. B.Sc. Honours (Home Science)

44. Bachelor of Commerce

45. Bachelor of Library and Information Science (One Year Course)
46. Bachelor of Computer Application
47. Bachelor of Education


48. Intermediate of Arts
49. Intermediate of Commerce
50. Intermediate of Science

51. Certificate in Computing
52. Certificate in Library Science
53. Certificate in Clinical Dental Technique
54. Certificate in Dental and Oral Hygiene
55. Certification in ECG Technique
56. Certificate in Laboratory Technique
57. Certificate in Medical Laboratory Technique
58. Certificate in Physiotherapy and Yoga Therapy
59. Certificate in Operation Theatre Assistant
60. Certificate in Clinical Dental Technique
61. Certificate in  Dental Mechanic
62. Certificate in Radiography & Imaging Technique
63. Certificate in Basic Medical Assistance and Nursing Care
64. Certificate in Optometry & Ophthalmic Assistance


65. Certificate in Abolotion of Child Labour
66. Certificate in Bhojpuri Language
67. Certificate in Bio-fertilizer Production
68. Certificate in Buddhist Studies
69. Certificate in Child and Women Rights
70. Certificate in Child Psychology and Guidance
71. Certificate in Christian Studies
72. Certificate in Disaster Management
73. Certificate in Environment Studies
74. Certificate in Floriculture Technology
75. Certificate in Food and Nutrition
76. Certificate in Health and Environment
77. Certificate in Hindu Studies
78. Certificate in HIV and Family Education
79. Certificate in Indian Constitution and Panchayati Raj
80. Certificate in Insurance Services
81. Certificate in Islamic Studies
82. Certificate in Jain Studies
83. Certificate in Legal Awareness Among Women
84. Certificate in Magahi Language
85. Certificate in Maithili Language
86. Certificate in Medicinal and Aromatic Plant
87. Certificate in Nutrition and Child Care
88. Certificate in Pali Language
89. Certificate in Prakrit Language
90. Certificate in Sanskrit Language
91. Certificate in Sikh Studies
92. Certificate in Soil Health Management
93. Certificate in Urdu Language


94. Certification in Home Usages of Computers

Admission Process

General Instructions

Any eligible person can apply for admission in one of the courses of his choice, offered by the University. The admission from (Annexure-A) and prospectus may be obtained, on payment of Rs.150.00, from the sales counters of the University or by sending the demand draft of Rs.200 by registered post, drawn in favour of Nalanda Open University. 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 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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.

Study Centers:

1. A B M College Jamshedpur
2. Deoghar College Deoghar
3. D A V College Siwan
4. Gopalganj College Gopalganj
5. Jagannath Jain College Koderma
6. Jagdam College Chhapra
7. M L T College Saharsa
8. Mahila College Khagaria
9. M J K College Bettiah
10. M S College Motihari
11. M V College Buxar
12. Markham College Hazaribagh
13. M J M College Katihar
14. Nalanda College Biharsharif
15. Patna Training College Patna
16. Patna College Patna
17. Purnia College Purnia
18. T K Roy Memorial College Dhanbad
19. Parvati Vigyan College Madhepura
20. Ranchi Womens College Ranchi
21. R D & D J College Monghyr
22. S B P College Bhabhua
23. S S College Jehanabad
24. St. Xavier College of Education Digha, Patna
25. S S College Sasaram
26. T N B College Bhagalpur
27. Womens Training College Patna
28. Zakir Hussain Teachers Training College Darbhanga


Nalanda Open University

3rd Floor,
Biscomaun Bhawan,
West Gandhi Maidan,
Patna 800 001,

Tel : 0612- 2201019, 2206916
Fax : 0612-2201001
Email : [email protected]
Website :

VC: Shri Vijay Shankar Dubey
Reg: Dr. S P Sinha