Student Support Service Courses offered (ODL) Courses offered (Online) Approved LSCs PCP Schedule Contact Guide
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Warm Greetings from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. I welcome you on behalf of School of Distance Education of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

The School of Distance Education (SDE) of Bharathiar University was established during the academic year 1991-1992. All the courses offered by SDE are approved by University Grants Commission, Distance Education Council (UGC-DEC) and then Distance Education Bureau (UGC-DEB), under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. School of Distance Education of Bharathiar University is strictly adhering the UGC-DEB regulations as and when amended in the Gazette of Government of India.

Now-a-days, distance education plays a vital role for the communities which strive to pursue higher education. The Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system in India has been an important mode for providing Higher Education (HE) to diverse sections of society for the past six decades under the regulations notified by UGC. The School of Distance Education of Bharathiar University has been providing the HE via ODL mode for the past three decades.

Due to the advancement of information technology, the changing dynamics of the distance education, and, in view of post-Covid 19 global educational scenario, the role and significance of online learning has become inevitable. In this context, the SDE of Bharathiar University launches online degree programmes by providing quality education as per the UGC-DEB regulations, from the academic year 2022-2023.

With a dedicated team of faculty who have a rich experience in teaching and research are sharing their domain knowledge as Programme and Course Co-ordinators, mentors and dedicated and experienced administrative staff, the University has emerged as one of the strong pillars of higher education not only in the state and the nation but also around the globe.

Salient Features of The Distance Education Programmes

  • Provision for an opportunity for the deprived students, by exposing them to every area of academic environment available.
  • Students undergoing regular programme are also permitted to join another ODL/OL programme (dual degree programme).
  • Degrees awarded through ODL/OL at the under graduate and post graduate level and post graduate diplomas are in conformity with UGC notification through Open and Distance Learning mode and Online mode (ODL/OL) shall be treated as equivalent to the corresponding awards of the degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level and post graduate diplomas offered through conventional mode (as per UGC notification).
  • Hassle-free online admissions are made twice in a year during January and July, via online portal of SDE of Bharathiar University, Spot admission can be made at SDE of BU and ID card and Books are issued on the spot. Certificates, etc. are issued through online.
  • The SDE has Learner Support Centres (LSCs), are established in affiliated colleges/institutes of Bharathiar University to conduct the Personal Contact Programmes (PCP).
  • Soft copies of study materials for all the courses are available (downloadable PDF format) in the SDE web portal.
  • An exclusive dynamic website for conventional distance education and a separate one for Online Learning programmes are indigenously designed, developed, implemented and maintained by the SDE computer centre with its own servers equipped at its computer centre premise.
  • An exclusive 24 x 7 portal for Student Support Services (SSS) also functions to serve the SDE students and Learner Support Centres.
  • Indigenous e-governance system has been automated.
  • Proctored Examinations are conducted twice a year as per schedule through the COE of our University for OL programmes.
  • Grievances are redressed through email ( and also at the SDE office.

How to Reach the School of Distance Education From Coimbatore

The Bharathiar University is well connected to various Bus / Train / Air terminus. Bus (Public Transport) is available frequelty from various terminus of Coimbatore City to Maruthamalai. Especially, Gandhipuram Bus Stand to Maruthamalai having the facility at evey 10 minutes and the distance between various terminus of Coimbatore City to Bharathiar University is given below.

Airport 25 km Gandhipuram Bus Stand 12 km Ukkadam Bus Stand 15 km
Railway Station 13 km Singanallur Bus Stand 23 km    
Bus Stop: Bharathiar University Second Gate

Working Hours of the School of Distance Education

  1. All Working Days (Monday – Friday) : 9.45am to 5.30pm
  2. All Saturdays : 9.45am to 4.00pm for the purpose of providing information and sale of Application Form and Prospectus