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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 :
Website :

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