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Madras University Distance Education

The University of Madras – Institute of Distance Education, is one of the largest Universities in the state of Tamil Nadu, offering courses under both Distance Education and Open University modes. The Institute of Distance Education (IDE), University of Madras was started in the year 1981.
The Institute of Distance Education conducts courses by providing printed learning materials,  wide network of study centers in India and abroad, personal contact programs (PCP), experienced teachers from various colleges conduct PCP classes, and study material in the self-learning format (SLM).
The Institute has study centers located in several states in India and in seven other countries abroad, namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Srilanka, Singapore, Nepal, and United Arab Emirates. It provides courses at undergraduate and post graduate levels in Arts, Commerce, and Science streams. The medium of instructions for the courses are either Tamil or English or both.

Courses offered:

The university offers courses for Bachelors in Arts, Science, Commerce, Multimedia Animation, Business Administration, Computer Applications and Music. They also provide Post Graduation in Arts, Science, Music and Commerce. They have professional courses in Business Administration, Computer Applications and Information technology.


The applications are to be downloaded from the website and printed. The candidates have to fill the form with relevant details and attach all the required documents and fees to it. The candidates then have to send the applications by post to any of the center nearby, the list of which is given in the website. (Go to Contact Info)

Contact Info:

The Director
Institute Of Distance Education
University Of Madras
IDE Building, Chepauk
Chennai – 600 005
Telephone : 044-25613716
Telegram : OPENLEARN
Fax : 044-25360865
Email : [email protected],[email protected]
Website :

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