Correspondence courses offered by Netaji Subhas Open University, West Bengal

Netaji Subhas Open University is the only Open University of West Bengal. It started functioning in 1998. Now, the University has expanded its operation. This article provides the details of correspondence courses offered by the University. Read to know.

Netaji Subhas Open University is the only Open University of West Bengal. During the birth centenary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in 1997, the State Government declared that a University would be set up in the memory of one of the greatest freedom-fighters of the country. The University started functioning in July, 1998 semester. The University has been set up in accordance with the West Bengal Act (XIX) of 1997 and recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The University started functioning from the house of Sarat Chandra Bose at Woodburn Park, the elder brother of Netaji Subhas in 1998. Later, it shifted to Salt Lake of Kolkata.

Courses offered by the University

Initially, the University used to offer only two courses. Now, there are six Schools, viz., School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, School of Sciences, School of Vocational Studies, School of Education and School of Professional Studies, of the University. More than sixty courses of different durations are being offered by Netaji Subhas Open University. More than 130 study centres of the University are operating all over the state of West Bengal. Another important aspect of the University is that it offers study materials of many courses in Bengali for the benefit of the rural students. All the courses are approved by UGC, AICTE and DEC. In this article, we will discuss the courses offered by the University under various Schools.

Courses offered by the School of Humanities

The School of Humanities runs various Graduation, Post-Graduation, Post-Graduate Diplomas, Diplomas and Certificate courses. The courses run under this School are:-
B.A (Bengali), B.A (English), M.A (Bengali), M.A (English), M.A (English Language Teaching), Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication, Post-Graduate Diploma in Advertising & Public Relations, Diploma in English Language Teaching and Certificate in Communicative English.

The eligibility conditions for admission to the courses are:-
  • B.A (Bengali) and B.A (English): X+II (Science or Commerce) with 45% marks.
  • M.A (Bengali) or M.A (English): Graduation. The subject must have been studied at Graduation level
  • M.A (English Language Teaching): Graduation with English/Linguistics.
  • Post Graduate Diplomas: Graduation
  • Diploma in English Language Teaching : X+II. Preferably teachers.
  • Certificate in Communicative English : Xth Pass

Courses offered by the School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences runs various Graduation, Post-Graduation and other courses. The courses run under this School are:-
B.A (History), B.A (Political Science), B.A (Sociology), B.A (Public Administration), B.A (Education), M.A (History), M.A (Political Science), M.A (Public Administration), Short-term Course on Research Methodology in Social Sciences.

The eligibility conditions for some of the courses are:-
  • Graduate level courses : X+II (Science or Commerce) with 45% marks.
  • Post-Graduate level courses : Graduation. The student must have studied the concerned subject at Graduation level.

Courses offered by the School of Sciences

The School of Sciences runs various Graduation and Post-Graduation courses. The courses run under this School are:-
  • B. Sc. with Honours in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany and Geography.
  • M.Sc. in Mathematics, Zoology and Geography.

The eligibility conditions for admission to these courses are:-
  • B.Sc.: X+II in Science stream including the concerned subject.
  • M.Sc.: B.Sc. with the concerned subject.

Courses offered by the School of Vocational Studies

The School of Vocational Studies runs various Post-Graduate Diploma, Diploma and other short-term courses on various vocational subjects. Some of these courses are:-
  • Post-Graduate Diplomas in Export-Import Management, Psychological Counselling, Taxation, Modern Office Management, Apparel Design & Fashion Technology, Front Office Management, Retail Management, Disaster Risk Management, Travel & Tourism, Needle-work & Knitting, Sports & Competitive Yoga
  • Diplomas in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Safety Skills & Security Management, Tailoring & Dress Designing, DTP & Networking,

The eligibility condition for admission to these Post-Graduate Diploma courses is Graduation and that for admission to Diploma courses is X+II. These courses are very helpful for jobs and independent business.

Courses offered by the School of Education

The School of Education runs various Graduation, Post-Graduation, Post-Graduate Diplomas, Diplomas and Certificate courses. The courses run by this School are:-
  • B.A in Education
  • M.A in Education
  • B.Ed (Special Education) [through entrance examination]
  • Certificate course on Inclusive Education

The eligibility for admission in these courses are:-
  • B.A in Education: X+II (Science and Commerce) with 45% marks.
  • M.A in Education: B.A in Education or B.Ed.

Courses offered by the School of Professional Studies

The School of Professional Studies runs various Graduation, Post-Graduation, Post-Graduate Diplomas, Diplomas and Certificate courses. The courses run under this School are:-
  • B. Com and Bachelor of Economics
  • M.Com, MSW, MLISc
  • BLISc

The eligibility for admission to these courses are:
  • B.Com and Bachelor of Economics : X+II
  • BLISC : Graduation or Post-Graduation with 50% marks.
  • M.Com : B.Com or BBA
  • MSW : Graduation with Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, History, Political Science, Economics or Public Administration
  • MLISc : BLISc/Graduation in Information Science

Contact information

Address of the headquarter of the University: DD-26, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064.
Telephone No.:033-40663220

Summing up

Netaji Subhas Open University has been expanding its reach and scope very rapidly. The University is also revamping its PhD programmes in accordance with UGC guidelines and these programmes will be resumed very soon. In addition, various other academic and vocational courses are also being included.

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Author: Sheo Shankar Jha26 Oct 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

Netajee Subhas University has included several courses which should prove to be a boon for the aspirants while pursuing the courses with their devotion to their regular jobs. In that way, it is not likely to hamper their regular jobs and a degree of their choice (English/Bengali) can be achieved through the distance mode. There are several diploma courses which would be useful to them. The university is expanding its horizon by introducing the doctorate degree as well from the upcoming year keeping in view of the wide coverage of the aspirants. The aspirant would do well by going through this content in order to reap the benefits imparted by this open university.

Author: Partha K.27 Oct 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Thanks to Mr. Jha for reading this article. NSOI started functioning in 1998 and over a period of 20 years, this Open University has spread its reach in every corner of West Bengal. It is now competing with IGNOU in respect of a number of courses. The study materials are well-developed and examinations are being held in time. Further, the vocational courses of the University (some of which are in collaboration with George Telegraph Training Institute) are very useful. The PhD curricula have been revamped and the PhD programmes in various Schools is going to be re-started very soon, most probably by next academic year.

I wish NSOI further spreads its wings and helps the underprivileged students to continue their education.

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