Netaji Subhash Open University, Kolkata

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Why Study in Netaji Subhash Open University

Netaji Subhas Open University is the premier State Open University in India. The year 1997 was the birth centenary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Chief Minister of West Bengal made an announcement at a State function that an Open University would be set up soon and dedicated to Netaji's hallowed memory. The Higher Education Minister, Govt. of West Bengal spearheaded the idea after his visit to the Open University in U.K. Under his instruction was set up a ten-member steering committee headed by late Dr. Bhaskar Ray Chowdhury, former Vice-Chancellor of Kolkata University.

Following this, a State Act (W.B. Act (XIX) of 1997 and Recognised by U.G.C.) was passed on the 20th August 1997 in favour of opening a University for imparting Distance Education. Netaji Subhas Open University was established by bifurcated Netaji Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and in terms of the Act of West Bengal State Legislative Assembly and is housed in Historic building of Sri Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother of Netaji. The University started functioning with effect from July 1998 Semester, only with the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Arts & Commerce to provide an opportunity of higher education in the vernacular medium to various disadvantaged groups of aspiring learners. It is the tenth Open University of the country and the ninth State Open University.

Professor Radharaman Chakraborty, the then Director of NIAS was appointed as the first Vice Chancellor of NSOU. An Advisory body, consisting of eminent educationists and senior administrators was constituted to plan and oversee the activity of the newly opened University. They executed the preliminary set-up necessary for the functioning of the Open University and from July 1998, 31 Study Centres started functioning under Netaji Subhas Open University with a Bachelor Degree Programme (BDP) in Arts & Commerce. Since January 1999 semester further 5 study centres were opened with Arts & Commerce Courses under the BDP.

The University has been experiencing exponential growth in several dimensions - the number of Study Centres has escalated to a height of as much as 120, several subjects of studies have been added to its list of courses. The University is engaged in the task of realizing its vision 'to reach the unreached'. Currently the University has attained the status of Mega University, with more than 2,50,000 learners in more than 72 courses.

List of Courses Offered

Medical Courses

S. No Subject / Course Degree
1 Amra Pari (Women studies & Women Empowerment Programme) Certificate
2 Apparel Designing and Fashion Technology PG Diploma
3 Bengali B.A (Hons)
4 Blood Donors' Motivation, Blood Science & Social Work Certificate
5 Botany B.Sc (Hons)
6 Cardiovascular Sonography PG Diploma
7 Chemistry B.Sc (Hons)
8 Community Based Health Management Diploma
9 a) Computer Hardware & Networking, b) Computer Operator & Programming and c) DTP Certificate
10 Development & Cultivation of Ornamental Fish and Fish Feed Certificate
11 Economics B.A (Hons)
12 Education M.A
13 Emergency Room Nursing PG Diploma
14 English B.A (Hons)
15 English Language Teaching M.A
PG Diploma
16 Entrepreneurship Development & Small Business Management Diploma
17 Financial Accounting System Certificate
18 Geography B.Sc (Hons)
19 History B.A (Hons)
20 Hospital Administration MHA
PG Diploma
21 Human Rights Certificate
22 Information Technology Applications Certificate
23 Journalism & Mass Communication PG Diploma
24 Library & Information Science BLISc
25 Mathematics B.Sc (Hons)
26 Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma
27 Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Cultivation and Vermicomposting Technology Certificate
28 Nature Therapy Diploma
29 Needlework & Knitting PG Diploma
30 Nephro Urology Nursing PG Diploma
31 Physician Assistant BPA
32 Physics B.Sc (Hons)
33 Political Science B.A (Hons)
34 Pre-Primary Teachers' Training Diploma
35 Psychological Counselling PG Diploma
36 Public Administration B.A (Hons)
37 Public Relations and Advertising PG Diploma
38 Retail Management PG Diploma
39 Shishu Shiksha Training Diploma
40 Social Work MSW
41 Sociology B.A (Hons)
42 Special Education - Distance Education B.Ed-SEDE
43 Sports & Competitive Yoga Diploma
44 Tailoring & Dress Designing Advance Certificate
Advanced Diploma
45 Taxation PG Diploma
46 Travel & Tourism Diploma
47 Yoga Therapy and Physiotherapy Diploma
48 Zoology B.Sc (Hons)

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