UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
INSTITUTE OF DISTANCE AND OPEN LEARNING (IDOL)

(All Programmes Approved by Distance Education Council, New Delhi vide letter no.F.No. DEC /Univ / State/07/5620,dated 3-9-07)

The introduction of Correspondence Courses in the Mumbai University, in the year 1971-72,Was primarily for the benefit of students who. Would have otherwise been deprived of the access to higher education. The Annual Report of the University for the year 1970-71, submitted by the Syndicate to the Senate, states as follows."Correspondence Courses

The Syndicate at their meeting held on 26th September, 1970, considered proposal made by Shri A. N. Namjoshi, a member of the Syndicate, that the possibility of introducing Correspondence Courses and External Degree Courses in the University for the benefit of a large number of Students who cannot avail themselves of the facilities of Morning/Evening classes, be explored. The suggestion was referred by the Syndicate to the Academic Council and the Council appointed a committee to consider it.

The Academic Council, at its meeting held on 24th March, 1971, approved the report of its Committee and recommended to the Syndicate, inter alia, as under:

1. that Correspondence Courses in the Faculties of Arts and Commerce, with English as the medium of correspondence, instruction and examination, be started from June, 1971 for the First Year Arts and Commerce examinations and progressively thereafter up to the graduate level;

2. that enrolment be restricted to persons residing within the University area viz. Greater Bombay;

3.that eligibility requirements, the curricular content, the mode of examination and the Degree to be awarded be the same as for the regular day student of the University;

The recommendation has been accepted by the Syndicate"

The Correspondence Courses were, then introduced in the University with a nomenclature as "The Directorate of Correspondence Courses" for which correspondence instructions were to be given at the First Year Arts and First Year Commerce Examination to be held in the first half of the year 1972. Initially, it started with the meager registration of 845 students which has grown up to a staggering figure of about 69,792 students in the year 2008 2009

Principal A. N. Kothare was the first Hon. Director of the Directorate. Through his devotion and dedication, he nurtured and nourished the infant institution to lay down a strong formation. We record our deep sense of gratitude for the devotion of the founder Director in giving shape and direction to the Correspondence Courses of the University.

The Directorate of Correspondence Courses was up-graded as 'Directorate of Distance Education', in the year 1985. Dr. Kishore Valecha was the first full-time Director appointed by the University.With the up-gradation, the jurisdiction of Directorate was extended to cover the entire country. Earlier, the enrolment was restricted to persons residing within the University area. With the extended jurisdiction, enrollment showed a rising trend. Dr. Valecha endeavored to bring about improvement and reforms in accordance with the recommendations of the U.G.C. He did achieve a measurable success.


A notification was issued by the Registrar on 2nd June 1993 which read as follows.

It is hereby notified that, consequent upon assent accorded by the Chancellor to the Statute 504, A to G. The Directorate of Distance Education has been hereby designated as theInstitute of Distance Education with immediate effect.

With this notification, the institute acquired an independent status and it was no more a part of Registrar's office. The pioneering work for granting an independent status to the institute was undertaken during the tenure of Dr. (Ms.) M. D. Bangalee then Vice-Chancellor of the University.

She was assisted in the job by Prin. G. L. Abhyankar and Shri. M. N. Kane.

Courses and Enrolment

The Courses for Correspondence Study and examinations at B.A./B. Com. level were introduced from 1971-72. Subsequently, after gaining Confidence and to help the 'Correspondence' students to further persue their studies, post-graduate Courses viz M.A./M.Com./M.Sc. (Maths)/D.F.M. & D.O.R.M. were introduced from the year 1975-76. Thereafter, considering the need of teachers by the colleges of education, post-graduate course viz. M. Ed. was started from the year 1990-91.

The IDE has now entered in the arena of IT & Nautical Technology Courses by the distance mode.We have introduced five IT courses (B.Sc.IT/Computer Science,M.Sc.IT/Computer Science & MCA ) & B.Sc.Nautical Technology course from the academic year 2005-2006

The IDE has started the MA (Education ) course from 2006 - 2007.

The Institute is now renamed as Institute of Distance & Open Learning with effect from 13th February 2009. With this the Institute will be more Open and flexible in its approach.

We also intend to start courses in the field of MMS, Bachelor of Preparatory Programme (BPP),LLM, B.Ed in due Course of time for the benefit of the students.

DIRECTORS NAME

Sr.No.

Name

Period

1.

Prof.A.N.Kothare,M.Sc.

1971 - 1978

2.

Prof.S.M.Israni,MA

1978 - 1985

3.

Dr.Kishor Valicha ,MA,Ph.D.

1985 - 1991

4.

Dr.B.P.Lulla,MA,M.Ed,Ph.D.

1991 - 1993

5.

Dr.M.M.Moghe,M.Sc.,Ph.D.

1993 - 1995

6.

Prin.M.S.Kambli,MA

1995 - 1999

7.

Shri.S.C.Tanna,MA

1999 - 2004

8.

Dr.S.D.Pawar,MA,M.Phil,Ph.D.

2004 - 2007

9.

Dr.D.Harichandan,MA,MPS,Ph.D.

2007 -

 

THE TREND OF ENROLMENT

Year

Under graduate

Post graduate

Total

 

1971-72

845

-

845

1975-76

2,538

833

3,371

1980-81

3,768

3,988

7,756

1985-86

6,565

6,136

12,701

1990-91

6,971

8,392

15,363

1995-96

12,101

7,343

19,444

2000-01

24,760

13,779

38,539

2005-06

33,634

24,048

57,682

2006 - 2007

36,224

24,417

60,641

2007 - 2008

38,134

25,086

63,220

2008 - 2009

41,990

27,802

69,792

 

Students Enrollment in IDE of last five years.

Sr.

No.

Programme

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-

2009

1

BA

11,487

11,704

12,331

12,685

14,404

2

B.Com

22,025

21,656

23,009

23,458

25,303

3

B.Sc IT

---

200

737

1456

1913

4

B.Sc Comp.Sc

---

77

132

181

227

5

B.Sc

Nautical Tech.

---

56

15

354

143

6

MA

5656

5582

6146

5530

5575

7

MA Education

---

---

185

1738

2966

8

M.Com

18,247

17,919

16,749

16,116

16,999

9

M.Sc Maths.

192

152

158

115

112

10

M.Sc. IT

---

68

73

99

175

11

M.Sc.Comp.Sc

---

42

76

76

80

12

MCA

---

256

615

866

965

13

PGDFM

354

380

365

490

842

14

PGDORM

65

43

50

56

88

 

Grand Total

58,026

57,492,

61,641

63,220

69,792

 

SYSTEM OF EXAMINATION

Examinations are held each year for all courses. Learners who join in June-August are allowed to appear for the Examination in March/April of the following calendar year. Examinations are conducted at various centers in Greater Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts only. The Examinations are conducted by Examination unit of I.D.E. for F.Y. & S.Y.B.A./B.Com. Courses and Examination Section of the University for T.Y.B.A./B.Com., M.A., M.Sc.(Maths), M.Com., P.G.D.F.M. & P.G.D.O.R.M. in the month of March-April/May. Supplementary Examinations are also conducted for Ex-students of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses except PGDFM & PGDORM Courses during the month of October/November.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

1) UGC NAAC has awarded 5 STAR rating to the University of Mumbai. Amongst the 500 Universities in the World. University with Potential for Excellence.

2) Curricular content, mode of examination and the degree to be awarded are the same as applicable to the colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai.

3) Printed study materials are available in 240 subjects in English (also in Marathi in selected subjects only)

4) INTERNET & IVRS: - The information about admission, date of submission of exam form, exam time table, dates, centers, exam results and guidance lectures is released on Internet Website http//www.mu.ac.in

5) Audio-Visual Centre located at Vidyanagari provides for listening and viewing of Curriculum based Audio-Video cassettes.

6) Around every year 700 students have gone abroad for seeking higher Education.

7) All three toppers (First, Second and Third) of M.Com. Exam. of April, 2003, April 2005 & also two toppers (First & third) of M.Com. Exam. in April, 2004 were from IDE

8) Library : Independent one Library & two Reading Room facility for the IDE students with home lending facility. 36 thousandoks are available

9) Personal Contact Programmes (P.C.P.) : Guidance lectures are conducted every year at about 60 centers in Mumbai and around.

10) Virtual Learning Studio

COURSES OFFERED

1. B.A.(F.Y.,S.Y.& T.Y.): 3 Year's Degree Course with Study Material
Subjects:- History, Economics, Political Sc., Sociology, Psychology, Commerce, Education, Marathi, Hindi, English

2. B.Com. (F.Y., S.Y.& T.Y.): 3 Years Degree Course with Study Material
Subjects (T.Y.B.Com)-Accounts Group & Management Group

3. B.Sc. (Information Technology) Three Years (Six Semester) Degree Course

4. B.Sc. (Computer Science) Three Years Degree Course

5. B.Sc.(Nautical Technology) Three Years Degree Course

6. M.A. Two Years Post -Graduate Degree Course
Subjects offered: Sociology, History,. Economics, Politics, Philosophy, Languages viz Hindi, Marathi, English, Sanskrit, Urdu,Gujarati etc.

7. M.A. (Education) Two Years Post -Graduate Degree Course

8. M.Com. Two Years Post -Graduate Degree Course(With Study Material)
Subjects - Accounts & Management Group.

9. M.A/M.Sc.(Maths): 2 years Post-Graduate Degree Course(Without Study Material)

10. M.Sc. (Information Technology) Two Years

11. M.Sc. (Computer Science) Two Years

12. M.C.A. (Master of Computer Application) Three Years (Six Semester)

12. Post Graduate Diploma Courses in Management 2years (With Study Material)

(i) Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (P.G.D.F.M.)

(ii)Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Research for Management (P.G.D.O.R.M.)

OUR MERIT RANKERS

Year

Name

Exam. & Subject

Rank, Marks obtained

& Award

1999-2000

Kum.Shilpa Limaye

MA

(Hindi)

Chancellors Medal,

Shyam Sunder Gupta Gold Medal

2000-2001

Kum. Talekar Ujwala Tukaram

MA

(Marathi)

First Rank

N. C. Kelkar Gold Medal,

The late Smt. Saroj Sharad Dighe Memorial Gold Medal, Kailaswasini Saubhagyavati Hirabai R.Bhabad, Mumbai Vidyapith Marathi Vibhag Raupya Mahotsavi Varsh Paritoshik, The Yashwant Vishnu Rege Puraskar, The Shri Ramchandra Atmaram Donde Memorial Prize, Dr.M.G. Deshmukh Memorial Prize

Kum.Fatima Abid Fehmida Chhatriwalla

MA

(Socology)

 

Awarded with The G.R.Mamta Memorial Scholarship for Theoretical Anthropology Subject.

Kum.Juliet Cynthia Valerian M. Dsouza

MA

(Socology)

Awarded with The G.R.Mamta Memorial Scholarship for Theoretical Anthropology Subject.

2001-2002

Kum.Harshada Prabhakar Sarade

MA

(Sanskrit)

First Rank

The Dr.(Miss)Asha L.Datar Smarak Swarna Padak

Kum.Kamana Suryabhan Singh

MA

(Hindi)

First Rank

Shyam Sunder Gupta Gold Medal

2002-2003

Shri Kale Chintamani Mahadeo Uma

M.Com

First Rank

623/800 (77.88%)

Shri Kaustubh Arvind Arundhati Sontakke

M.Com

Second Rank

622/800 (77.75%)

Kum. Sharma Sapna Krishanchand N

M.Com

Third Rank

620/800 (77.50%)

2003-2004

Kum Phansalkar Pallavi Suresh Veena

M.Com

First Rank

599/800(74.88%)

Kum. Gada Manisha Babulal Kesarben

M.Com

Third Rank

587/800(73.38%)

Kum Shaikh Aqueel Ahmed Najma

T Y BA

(Urdu)

First Rank

429/600 (71.50%)

Kum.Singh Jayashree Brahmdeo Lalit

MA

(Hindi)

First Rank

Shyam Sunder Gupta Gold Medal

2004-2005

Sivaramakrishna Vijayaraghavan Ananthalakshmi

M.Com

First Rank

629/800 (78.63%)

Salunkhe Sunita Patangrao Vimal

M.Com

Second Rank

618/800 (77.25%)

Mahoowala Abdul Kader Abidhusein Zaineb

M.Com

Third Rank

608 /800 (76.00%)

2005-2006

Kum. Khan Asrar Ahmed

T Y BA

(Urdu)

Third Rank

(67.33%)

Kum Soni Jayesh

Kumar

M A

(Pali)

Ninth Rank

(70%)

2007-2008

Jhaveri Vidhi Kalpesh Ami

M.Com

Second Rank

626/800 (78.25%)

Sharma Jayesh Raghunandan Usha

M.Com

Third Rank

615/800 (76.88 %)

INFORMATION OF COURSES

Sr.

Course

Duration

Eligibility

1.

B.A.(Hist, Pol.Sc,

Socio,Eco,Psy,Com,

Eng,Mar,Hindi,

Urdu,Education)

3 Years

H.S.C.(Xll Std.) Or Equivalent Exam. Passed for admission to F.Y.B.A.

2.

B.Com

(Accounts OR

Management Group)

3 Years

H.S.C (Xll Std) Commerce or Equivalent Exam. Passed for admission to F.Y.B.Com.

3.

B.Sc.

(Information

Technology)

3 Years

(Six Semester)

HSC (XII) with Mathematics with minimum 45% marks (minimum 40% for reserved category) / Diploma in Engineering * or equivalent.

4.

B.Sc.

(Computer Science)

3 Years

HSC (XII) Science with Mathematics or equivalent.

5.

B.Sc. **

(Nautical

Technology)

3 Years

XII Science with PCM & English & Sponsored by a shipping company for providing 24 months a practical structured ship-board training as an officer trainee in the Nautical Department of a sea- going ship as approved sea-going service.

6.

M.A. .(Hist, Pol.Sc,

Socio,Eco,Eng,Mar,

Hindi,Urdu)

2 Years

Any Bachelor Degree from a Statutory University.

7.

M.A.

(Education)

2 Years

B.Ed / B.A.(Education) Degree

8.

M.Com

(Accounts OR

Management Group)

2 Years

B.Com / BMS Degree

9.

MA/M.Sc.

(Mathematics)

2 Years

B.A./ B.Sc with minimum 6 papers in Mathematics.

10.

M.Sc.

(Information

Technology)

2 Years

B Sc. with Comp. Sc. or B Sc. IT. Or BCS or B.E. in any branch

11.

M.Sc.

(Computer Science)

2 Years

B Sc. with Statistics or Physics or Mathematics or B.Sc. Comp. Sc. or B Sc. IT

12.

M.C.A. ***

(Master of Computer

Application)

3 Years (Six Semester)

Graduate in any faculty of a statutory University with minimum 45% marks (minimum 40% for reserved category) and Mathematics at XII or higher level. There will be an aptitude test for the admission in MCA course

13.

PGDFM/PGDORM

( Diploma in Financial

Management &

Diploma in Operational

Research for

Management)

2 Years

Graduate in any faculty with 2 years work experience in any Organization or must have a recognized professional qualification with at least five years professional experience. Defence persons who are not degree holders are admitted to the course.

* Diploma in Engg. Pass Students are eligible for S.Y. B.Sc. IT Course.

* * Diploma in Nautical Technology from only BITS Pilani Pass Students are eligible for T.Y.B.Sc. Nautical Technology Course.

* * * Admission through Entrance Test. Entrance Test will be held on Every Year Month of May/June

Final Year Degree Students will be allowed to appear the Entrance Test.

IDE AT A GLANCE

1. Enrollment (2008-2009 ) :- 69,792
2. Female Students (2008-2009 ) :- 36,072
3. Male Students (2008-2009 ) : 33,720
3. Courses offered :- 34
4. Printed Study Material :- 225
5. Subjects offered :- 400
6. Books in IDE Library :- 36,000
7. Reading Room facility :- 2
8. IDE students went to Foreign studies(2007-2008) :- 381
9. PCP (Guidance Lectures/Practicals) Centers :- 55
10. Admission Centers. :- 17
11. Regional Centre (Ratnagiri) :- 1
12. Virtual Learning Centre/ Studio :- 1
13. Audio-Video Cassettes :- 200
14. Academic Counsellors :- 1209