(A State Open University established by the Tamil Nadu Government ,
Recognised by UGC-DEB, Accorded with 12(B) status by UGC
Member in Asian Association of Open Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities)
As per section (40), clause (2) (a) of the Statutes of the Tamil Nadu Open University, the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) is listed one of the Operating Divisions of the University. The SSSD now operates 12 Regional Centres and 188 Learner Support Centres (Study Centres) across the State to provide seamless learner support services.Vision
To ensure seamless learner support services at close vicinity to learners through robust network of Regional Centres and Study Centres, including Special Study Centres for special learners, facilitate timely, continuous and learner-centric academic supports, and redress grievances instantly adopting cutting-edge technology towards sustainable quality Open, Distance and Online Learning.Mission
In accordance with the section (45) (a) of the Statutes of the Tamil Nadu Open University, the functions of Student Support Services Division (SSSD) include establishing and maintenance of Study Centres/ Learning Resource Centres/ Learner Support Centres, satisfying the learning needs of the students and attending to student grievances, arranging for counselling, assignment evaluation, orientation for counsellors and co-ordinators and attending to students needs and such other matters as may be prescribed by the Syndicate or Vice-Chancellor. Accordingly, the SSSD is constantly supporting the Regional Centres and the Learner Support Centres for transforming quality education for the learners at their close proximity.Establishment of Regional Centres (RCs)
The University with the due approval of the Government of Tamilnadu has established 12 Regional Centres, each one in Chennai, Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Madurai, Mayiladuthurai, Salem, Sivagangai, Kothagiri (The Nilgiris), Srirangam (Tiruchirappalli), Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram for the benefit of the learners as well as the Study Centres.
In 2021, the University has established four new Regional Centres at a time in Mayiladuthurai, Salem, Sivagangai and Tiruvannamalai in accordance with G.O (Ms) No.192 dated 11.10.2021 with a view to providing learner support services at their close vicinity.
In 2012, the University set up the Regional Centres in Srirangam (Tiruchirappalli) and Coimbatore vide G.O (Ms). No. 70 dated 18.05.2012. Following this, in 2013, the Regional Centres in Chennai, Dharmapuri and Madurai came into being in accordance with the G.O (Ms). No. 109 dated 25.06.2013. Subsequently, it established the Regional Centres in Kothagiri (The Nilgiris) and Villupuram vide G.O (Ms). No. 100 dated 26.04.2017 with the partial grant from the Government. The Kothagiri Regional Centre is predominantly serving the tribals. The Tirunelveli Regional Centre was set up as per the announcement made by the Honble Minister for Higher Education during the Higher Education Department Demand 2017-18.
While the Villupuram Regional Centre is functioning on our own building, the University has got free land alienations for the Madurai and the Kothagiri Regional Centres from the Government. The land obtaining process for the rest of the Regional Centres are under process.
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