About the institution: The university started its correspondence education on March 24, 1971. Earlier known as the Directorate of Correspondence Courses, in 1985 it was upgraded as the Directorate of Distance Education, renamed the Institute of Distance Education in 1993. In 2008-09, it was renamed the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL). Since its inception, IDOL has been introducing various traditional degree courses as well as technical and professional courses.
Fees range: BA - R2350 for the first two years; R2650 for the third year; reserved category - R120 for the first two years and R370 for the third year; MA part I - R5,500, part II - R4,300; MA education part I - R7,500, part II - R6,000; MA/MSc mathematics - R5400, part II - R4,300; BCom - R2350, third year - R2650; MCom part I - R5,300, part II - R4,300; PGDFM - R3,600 + R3,000; PGDORM - R3,600 + R3000; BSc computer science - R11,250 a year; BSc IT - R12,250 for the first two years and 12,350 for third year; MSc computer - R23,000 for two years; MSc IT - R12,000 + R10,800; MCA - R15,000 average for each year
Support systems/ facilities for students: The institute provides a reading hall and library facility for students at its building at Vidyanagari. During the examinations, the reading hall is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday except on the second and fourth Monday.
The AV Centre has more than 100 syllabus-oriented/ curriculum-based video cassettes on commerce and economics. A catalogue of the cassettes is available at the centre.
Study centres: The institute organises guidance lectures under personal contact programmes (PCPs) in certain subjects in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane for the benefit of students, generally in the evening from 6pm to 8pm or sometimes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Though the lectures are not compulsory, it is an attempt to provide guidance to students in solving their academic difficulties. These personal contact programmes are generally conducted one or two weeks before the examination. There are more than 20 such centres across Mumbai.
Enrollment: Admissions start in July and are held in two phases that last till September. Courses start in September or October.
Approval from DEC: All courses offered by the institute are approved by the Distance Education Council, New Delhi.
Programmes on offer
MA MA (education) MA/MSc mathematics MCom MSc IT and MCA
PG diploma in financial management
PG diploma in operations research for management
Name of the university: University of Mumbai, Kalina, Mumbai
Address: University of Mumbai, Kalina, Mumbai
Phone, Helpline no: 2652 6091 / 2652 6388
Year estd: 1971