About Open and Distance Learning Programme

Open and Distance Learning reflects both the fact that all or most of the teaching is conducted by someone removed in time and space from the learner, and that the mission aims to include greater dimensions of openness and flexibility, whether in terms of access, curriculum or other elements of structure. Contributing to social and economic development, Open and Distance Learning is fast becoming an accepted and indispensable part of the mainstream educational systems.

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar is accredited at A++ grade (highest level) by NAAC (as per modified criteria, notified on 27/07/2017), conferred ‘University with Potential for Excellence’ and ‘Category-I University’ by UGC, New Delhi.

As per the UGC notification F. No. 74-2/2018 (DEB-I) dated 18-10-2018 (attached below) and F.No. 1-8-2017 (CPP-II) “Categorization of Universities (Only) for Grant of Graded Autonomy Regulations, 2018” dated 12th Feb, 2018, Guru Nanak Dev University has been categorized as ‘Category-I University’. Guru Nanak Dev University, being Category-I University, has been given the privilege to run Open & Distance Programme without seeking the permissions from UGC as per below given notification:

As per clause 4.10 of UGC (Categorization of University (Only) for grant of graded Autonomy) Regulation, 2018, for Category-I Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) “University may offer courses in the open and distance learning mode, without approval of the commission, provided it satisfies all the conditions laid down under UGC (ODL) Regulation, 2017 and its amendments and norms issued by statutory bodies/councils from time to time".

Under this provision, with the permissions from DEB, UGC, New Delhi, and different academic bodies of University (Academic Council, Senate & Syndicate), Directorate of Open and Distance Learning, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar was established in the year 2018 in the main campus of GNDU, Amritsar. As per the provisions under ODL programme, new programmes have been introduced in the University, its Regional Campuses and its Colleges (Both University and Constituent) from Session 2020-21. W.e.f. session 2020-21, The Directorate is offering 15 different courses in areas of Computer Science, Business Management, Commerce, Languages, Humanities, Sports Nutrition and Journalism and Mass Communication.

The salient features of the courses offered under the Directorate of Open & Distance Learning includes:

  • Online Admission Process along with options for online fee payment

  • PCP Classes at Weekends for all subjects/courses

  • Provision of Self-Learning Materials (SLMs) on Student Portal for all candidates

  • Provision for SLMs in Hard Copy (Printed Format) also

  • All Courses are under Credit Based Semester System

  • Provision for 20% Internal Assessments in all Subjects/Courses

Developed By: Centre for IT Solutions, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar