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Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna, Bihar


Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna, Bihar
Address:IIIrd Floor, Biscomaun Bhawan, West Gandhi Maidan
Patna (District Patna)
Bihar, India
Pin Code : 800-00

Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Open University.

Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar is also known as Nalanda Khulla Vishvavidayalaya.

Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar was established on / in March, 1987.

Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar is situated in Patna of Bihar state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Patna comes under Patna Tehsil, Patna District.

Fax # of Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar is 0612 2201001.

email ID(s) is Nalanda Open University (NOU) Patna Bihar

Website of Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar is www.nalandaopenuniversity.

Vice Chancellor : Vijai Shankar Dubey, IAS, (Former Chief Secretary, Bihar & Jharkhand).

Registrar : Dr. Sidheshwar Prasad Sinha.

Contact Details of Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar are : Telephone: +91-612-2201013, 2206916



1. Master of Computer Application (MCA)
2. M.A. (Economics)
3. M.A. (Geography)
4. M.Sc. (Geography)
5. M.A. (Hindi)
6. M.A. (History)
7. M.A. (Magahi)
8. M.A. (Political Science)
9. M.A. (Psychology)
10. M.A. (Sociology)
11. M.A. (Public Administration)
12. M.A. (Rural Development)
13. M.A. (Journalism & Mass Communication)
14. Master of Library & Information Science (One Year Course)
15. Master in Commerce (M.Com)
16. M.A. (Bhojpuri)
17. M.A. (Education)
18. M.A. (Urdu)
19. M.Sc. (Botany)
20. M.Sc. (Mathematics)
21. M.Sc. (Physics)
22. M.Sc. (Zoology)

23. Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
24. Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
25. Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
26. Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Studies


27. B.A. Honours (Economics)
28. B.A. Honours (Hindi)
29. B.A. Honours (History)
30. B.A. Honours (Pol. Science)
31. B.A. Honours (Psychology)
32. B.A. Honours (Sociology)
33. B.A. Honours (Social Work)
34. B.A. Honours (Geography)
35. B.A. Honours (Tourism)
36. B.A. Honours (Home Science)

37. B.Sc. Honours (Botany)
38. B.Sc. Honours (Chemistry)
39. B.Sc. Honours (Geography)
40. B.Sc. Honours (Mathematics)
41. B.Sc. Honours (Physics)
42. B.Sc. Honours (Zoology)
43. B.Sc. Honours (Home Science)


44. Bachelor of Commerce


45. Bachelor of Library and Information Science (One Year Course)
46. Bachelor of Computer Application
47. Bachelor of Education


48. Intermediate of Arts
49. Intermediate of Commerce
50. Intermediate of Science


51. Certificate in Computing
52. Certificate in Library Science
53. Certificate in Clinical Dental Technique
54. Certificate in Dental and Oral Hygiene
55. Certification in ECG Technique
56. Certificate in Laboratory Technique
57. Certificate in Medical Laboratory Technique
58. Certificate in Physiotherapy and Yoga Therapy
59. Certificate in Operation Theatre Assistant
60. Certificate in Clinical Dental Technique
61. Certificate in Dental Mechanic
62. Certificate in Radiography & Imaging Technique
63. Certificate in Basic Medical Assistance and Nursing Care
64. Certificate in Optometry & Ophthalmic Assistance

65. Certificate in Abolotion of Child Labour
66. Certificate in Bhojpuri Language
67. Certificate in Bio-fertilizer Production
68. Certificate in Buddhist Studies
69. Certificate in Child and Women Rights
70. Certificate in Child Psychology and Guidance
71. Certificate in Christian Studies
72. Certificate in Disaster Management
73. Certificate in Environment Studies
74. Certificate in Floriculture Technology
75. Certificate in Food and Nutrition
76. Certificate in Health and Environment
77. Certificate in Hindu Studies
78. Certificate in HIV and Family Education
79. Certificate in Indian Constitution and Panchayati Raj
80. Certificate in Insurance Services
81. Certificate in Islamic Studies
82. Certificate in Jain Studies
83. Certificate in Legal Awareness Among Women
84. Certificate in Magahi Language
85. Certificate in Maithili Language
86. Certificate in Medicinal and Aromatic Plant
87. Certificate in Nutrition and Child Care
88. Certificate in Pali Language
89. Certificate in Prakrit Language
90. Certificate in Sanskrit Language
91. Certificate in Sikh Studies
92. Certificate in Soil Health Management
93. Certificate in Urdu Language

94. Certification in Home Usages of Computers

Nalanda Open University (NOU), Patna Bihar runs course(s) in Computer Applications stream(s).

Profile of Nalanda Open University (NOU)

The Nalanda Open University is the only University in the State of Bihar meant for imparting learning exclusively through the system of distance education. The University was established in March, 1987 by an ordinance, promulgated by the Government of Bihar. Later, Nalanda Open University Act, 1995 was passes by the Bihar Legislature, replacing the Ordinance, and the University came under the authority and jurisdiction of the new Act automatically. The University is named after the famous Nalanda University of Ancient India. At present, the University is functioning from its camp office at Biscomaun Bhawan, 2nd and 3rd Floors, Patna 800 001. The University has established at its camp office at Patna a well equipped and fully automated modern office in an area of approximately 30,000 sq. feet, which houses an examination centre for about 550 students, a state of the art Library with about 30,000 titles and a computer laboratory of about 40 IBM Pentium-4 computers, apart from administrative offices and other infra-structures. The University is recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC), University Grants Commission, and Ministry of HRD, Government of India for imparting education through distance mode.

Aims & Objectives
To Provide educational opportunities to those who are unable to take up formal education and are still desirous to upgrade their educational qualifications and acquire knowledge in various fields of learning through the print medium (correspondence course), contact programmes, study centres and mass media.

To provide flexibility in matters of eligibility for enrolment for higher education, age of entry, choice of course, methods of learning, conduct of examination and operation of programmes.

To offer degree and diploma courses and to make provision for research for advancement and dissimination of knowledge.

To provide special facilities to groups like, elderly people, in-service personnel, housewives, people living in remote areas, socially disadvantaged people of the society and all others who wish to upgrade their skill and acquire higher academic qualification through distance education.

To lay emphasis on vocational, as well as, conventional courses, leading to award of degrees and certificates.

To create awareness for self-sufficiency and equip people with knowledge and higher qualification to enable them to become suitable for new job opportunities.

To provide course for rural, agricultural, industrial and commercial needs of people and design learning material for improving socio-economic condition of the masses.

To bring awareness in women, children and down-trodden of their social rights, duties and legal status in society.

Towards the Southeast of Patna, the Capital City of Bihar State in India, is a village called the Bada Gaon , in the vicinity of which, are the world famous ruins of Nalanda University. Founded in the 5th Century A.D., Nalanda is known as the ancient seat of learning. 2,000 Teachers and 10,000 Students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied at Nalanda, the first Residential International University of the World. A walk in the ruins of the university, takes you to an era, that saw India leading in imparting knowledge, to the world - the era when India was a coveted place for studies. The University flourished during the 5th and 12th century.

Although Nalanda is one of the places distinguished as having been blessed by the presence of the Buddha, it later became particularly renowned as the site of the great monastic university of the same name , which was to become the crown jewel of the development of Buddhism in India. The name may derive from one of Shakyamuni s former births , when hewas a king whose capital was here. Nalanda was one of his epithets meaning "insatiable in giving. This place saw the rise and fall of many empires and emperors who contributed in the development of Nalanda University. Many monasteries and temples were built by them. Kingarshwardhana gifted a 25m high copper statue of Buddha and Kumargupta endowed a college of fine arts ere. Nagarjuna- a Mahayana philosopher, Dinnaga- founder of the school of Logic and Dharmpala- the Brahmin scholar, taught here.
The famous Chinese traveller and scholar,Hieun-Tsang stayed here and has given a detailed description of the situations prevailing at that time. Careful excavation of the place has revealed many stupas, monasteries,hostels,stair cases,meditation halls, lecture halls and many other structures which speak of the splendour and grandeur this place enjoyed,when the place was a centre of serious study. A large number of ancient Buddhist establishments, stupas, chaityas, temples and monastery sites have been excavated and they show that this was one of the most important Buddhist centres of worship and culture.Regarding the historicity of Nalanda, we read in Jaina texts that Mahavira Vardhamana spent as many as fourteen rainy seasons in Nalanda.

Pali Buddhist Literature , too, has ample references to Nalanda, which used to be visited by Lord Buddha. During the days of Mahavira and Buddha,Nalanda was apparently a very prosperous temple city, a great place of pilgrimage and the site of a celebrated university. It is said that King Asoka gave offerings to the Chaitya of Sariputra at Nalanda and erected a temple there.Taranath mentions this and also that Nagarjuna, the famous Mahayana philosopher of the second century A.D., studied at Nalanda. Nagarjuna later became the high-priest there. The Gupta kings patronised these monasteries, built in old Kushan architectural style, in a row of cells around a courtyard. Ashoka and Harshavardhana were some of its most celebrated patrons who built temples and monasteries here. Recent excavations have unearthed elaborate structures here. Hiuen Tsang had left ecstatic accounts of both the ambiance and architectureof this unique university of ancient times. Modern historians have tentatively dated the founding of a monastery at Nalanda as being in the fifth century. However, this may not be accurate. For example,the standard biographiesof the teacher Nagarjuna, believed by most historians to have been born around 150 AD, are quite specific about his having received ordination at Nalanda monastery when he was seven years old. Further, his teacher Rahulabhadra is said to have lived there for some time before that. We may infer that there were a monastery or monasteries at Nalanda long before the foundation of the later Great Mahavihara.
At the time Hsuan Chwang stayed at Nalanda and studied with the abbot Shilabhadra, it was already a flourishing centre of learning. In many ways it seems to have been like a modern university. There was a rigorous oral entry examination conducted by erudite gatekeepers, and many students were turned away.To study or to have studied at Nalanda was a matter of great prestige. However, no degree was granted nor was a specific period of study required. The monks time, measured by a water clock, was divided between study and religious rites and practice.There were schools of study in which students received explanations by discourse, and there were also schools of debate, where the mediocre were often humbled, and the conspicuously talented distinguished. Accordingly, the elected abbot was generally the most learned man of the time.
The libraries were vast and widely renowned, although there is a legend of a malicious fire in which many of the texts were destroyed and irrevocably lost. During the Gupta age, the practice and study of the mahayana, especially the madhyamaka, flourished. However, from 750 AD, in the Pala age, there was an increase in the study and propagation of the tantric teachings.This is evidenced by the famous pandit Abhayakaragupta, a renowned tantric practitioner who was simultaneously abbot of the Mahabodhi, Nalanda and Vikramashila monasteries. Also Naropa, later so important to the tantric lineages of the Tibetan traditions, was abbot of Nalanda in the years 1049-57.

Much of the tradition of Nalanda had been carried into Tibet by the time of the Muslim invasions of the twelfth century. While the monasteries of Odantapuri and Vikramashila were then destroyed, the buildings at Nalanda do not seem to have suffered extensive damage at that time, although most of the monks fled before the desecrating armies. In 1235 the Tibetan pilgrim Chag Lotsawa found a 90 year old teacher, Rahula Shribhadra, with a class of seventy students. Rahula Shribhadra managed to survive through the support of a local brahmin and did not leave until he had completed educating his last Tibetan student.

General Instructions
Any eligible person can apply for admission in one of the courses of his choice, offered by the University. The admission from (Annexure-A) and prospectus may be obtained, on payment of Rs.150.00, from the sales counters of the University or by sending the demand draft of Rs.200 by registered post, drawn in favour of Nalanda Open University. No money order or postal order is accepted. The demand draft must be made in the name of Nalanda Open University payable at Patna. The sales counters of the University function on all working days from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The admission form, supported by the photo copy of the following documents, must reach the Registrar, Nalanda Open University, 3rd Floor, Biscoumann Bhawan, Patna 800 001, Bihar, before the last date for submission of form, either personally or by registered post.

Document required with the admission form :
Photocopy of the mark sheet of the qualifying examination, which has been prescribed as eligibility condition by the University for getting admission in the desired course and certificate of marticulation.

Caste certificate, issued by DM/DC/SDO or any other person authorised to issue such Certificate for SC/ST/BC/OBC candidates, seeking admission on reserved quota.
Things to be kept in mind :

Original documents (marks sheet of qualifying examination and certificate of marticulation exam). The original document will be returned to the candidate immediately after verification and comparison with the attested photocopy submitted by the candidate and the attested photocopy of the document will be kept by the University for record. A verification fee of Rs.100 per candidate will be charged by the University, for which a valid receipt will be issued by the University authorities to the concerned candidates. Three self addresses envelops of size 10x4.5 inch each. One ticket-size photograph will be affixed on the admission form at the space provided. Another photograph will be pasted on the identity card and the third will be required for identity card register. All the three photographs must be attested by a competent authority. Candidates are required to write their name on the reverse of the unpasted photographs.
The candidate selected for admission must pay the required charges in full at the time of admission, including examination fee given in Annexture-I. The payment must be made through demand draft in favour of Nalanda Open University, payable at Patna.
25% fee concession to Woman seeking admission in any course in 2008.
On the reverse side of the Demand Draft, the candidate must write his/her name, admission form number and the name of the course he has applied for.
Candidates are advised to retain photocopy of the demand draft for their own record

Guidelines for Examination
General guidelines:
For any information, guidance or help required during the period of study, a candidate may write to the Registrar (Examination), Nalanda Open University, 3rd Floor, Biscomaun Bhawan, Gandhi Maidan, Patna 800 0001, or may contact him on phone no. 2201013 between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on any working day. The callers from outside Patna must use the STD telephone code of Patna which is 0612. The information regarding examination programme will be sent to the student by post and also announced through newspapers. The information may also be obtained from the study centres of the University.

No candidate is permitted to study, at the same time, more than one course in one session simultaneously.

The rules and regulations given in the prospectus may be amended by the University whenever necessary.

In any information given by the candidate is found to be wrong, the admission shall be cancelled and the charges paid shall be forfeited.

All controversies regarding admission and evaluation shall be subject to the jurisdiction of Patna courts.

Pattern of Examination
Each course consists of theory and/or theory and practical papers. Each theory paper shall consist of two parts:

Written examination carrying 70 marks and Evaluation of assignments, carrying 30 marks. The examination in written part of each theory paper shall be of 3 hours duration. Each examinee shall have to submit three assignments in each paper separately, and, out of them, two best assignments shall be evaluated for the purpose of examination. However, in case of non submission of required number of assignment, i.e. three, the assignments submitted will not be evaluated.

Practical classes shall be arranged at the study centres or at any other suitable place arranged by the University. Each practical paper shall carry 100 marks, except M.A. in Psychology, in which the duration of practical examination will be of six hours; all other practical papers will be of three hours duration. Question for CFN/Agriculture based and UNICEF sponsored courses will be in Hindi and for PGDFM, PGDMM, PGJMC and CIC in English only.

In other courses, the questions will be both in English and Hindi. Candidates may answer either in Hindi or English.

Nalanda Open University is a State Open University duly established under the Act of Bihar Government and is also recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi since 1997 vide their letter Nos. :

DEC/Univ/State/2007/5583 dated 31.8.2007,
DEC/OU/Recog/2008/7829 dated 08.4.2008,
DEC/Recog/NOU/2008/17385 dated 18.12.2008

Nalanda Open University Degree /Diploma /Certificates are eligible for higher studies, public & private sector employment and service promotions.


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Office of pro-vice chancellor redundant: Academicians

PATNA: The office of the pro-vice-chancellor in most of the universities of Bihar has become quite redundant these days. Having very little say in the university administration, the pro-VCs are often subjected to humiliation at the hands of the powers that be, say academicians.

B N Mandal University vice-chancellor and Magadh University acting VC Arun Kumar was recently given the additional charge of Nalanda Open University (NOU) VC despite the fact that NOU has a duly appointed pro-VC. The office of the NOU VC remained vacant for more than fortnight and ultimately, under an ad-hoc arrangement, the VC of another university was asked to officiate.

Similarly, following the removal of Magadh University vice-chancellor Arbind Kumar in the light of the Supreme Court judgment, the VC of B N Mandal University was given additional charge of MU, ignoring the claims of its pro-VC Bilat Paswan Shastri. In January 2011, when Patna University VC Shyam Lal completed his three-year term, pro-VC S I Ahson was not made acting VC. Instead, PU social science faculty dean Sudeepto Adhikari was made the acting VC of PU.

Academics fail to understand the rationale behind ignoring pro-VCs while appointing acting VCs of universities even for a temporary period. After all, what is the role of pro-VCs? They are next only to VCs in the university hierarchy and they are also supposed to administer an university in the absence of VC.

Academics also say that in many universities VCs and pro-VCs do not have harmonious relations. Petty ego clashes between the VC and the PVC, ultimately, do an irreparable damage to the university. While pro-VCs are supposed to work in unison with the VCs for ensuring smooth functioning of the university, pro-VCs often turn anti-VCs, they say.

Section 12(5) of the Bihar State Universities Act, 1976, as amended upto date provides, The pro-VC shall be responsible for admission and conduct of the examination upto bachelor-level degree course and the publication of the result of the examination conducted by the university. But, in most of the cases, the entire examination work is conducted by the controller of examinations in consultation with the VC. Similarly, the students welfare dean and the VC look after the student welfare activities.

Section 12(4) of the Act provides, Subject to the provisions of the Act, the pro-VC shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed or as may be conferred or imposed on him, from time to time, by the VC. Again, in most cases, pro-VCs are seldom assigned any important work by their VCs, the academics say.

Some time back, they pointed out, the Haryana government scrapped the post of pro-VCs from all state universities. Nearly a year later, the Punjab cabinet also decided to do away with the post of pro-VC from all state universities. It is high time, a similar move is initiated in Bihar too, with a view to ensuring smooth functioning of the universities and saving the state exchequer from unwarranted expenditure.

Hindi litterateur Kumar Vimal dead

Eminent Hindi litterateur Kumar Vimal died after a protracted illness at a private hospital here, on Saturday.

He was 80 and is survived by his widow, four daughtersand two sons, family sources said. Several of his poems were translated into English, Bengali,Telugu, Marathi, Urdu and Kashmiri.

Among his important books are Mulya and Mimansa and books of poems Angaar and Sagrmatha. Vimal was ex-vice chancellor of Nalanda Open University, besides former Chairman of Bihar Public Service Commission and ex-chairman of Bihar Intermediate Education Council.

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