Student Support Services Division

Genesis

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.

Functions

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 counseling, 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, The Nilgiris, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai and Vilupuram 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 Tiruchirappalli (Srirangam) 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 The Nilgiris and Vilupuram vide G.O (Ms). No. 100 dated 26.04.2017 with the partial grant from the Government in 2017. The Tirunelveli Regional Centre was set up as per the announcement made by the Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education during the Higher Education Department Demand 2017-18.

While the Vilupuram Regional Centre is functioning on our own building, the University has got the free land allotments for the Madurai and the Nilgiris Regional Centres from the Government. The land obtaining process for the rest of the Regional Centres are under process.

The details of TNOU Regional Centres are as shown below:
Sl.No. Regional Centres/ Headquarters Jurisdiction Address and Contact Details
1 Chennai Chennai, Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur (4 Districts) Administrative Block Tamil Nadu Open University No.577, Anna Salai, Saidapet Chennai-600 015 Mob. No: 93459 13385 E-mail : chennaizonal@gmail.com
2 Coimbatore Coimbatore, Erode and Tiruppur (3 Districts) KPR College Arts, Science and Research, Administrative Block, Arasur Post Coimbatore – 641 407 Mob.No.: 93459 13386 E-mail: coimbatorezonalcentre@gmail.com
3 Dharmapuri Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Tirupathur (3 Districts) Mechanical Block (Behind Main Building) Govt Engineering College Settikkarai Village Dharmapuri – 636 704 Mob.No.:93459 13387 E-mail: tnoudpi@gmail.com
4 Madurai Dindigul, Madurai, Theni and Virudhunagar (4 Districts) Jeyam Building, Opposite Jayaraj Nadar Hr. Sec.School Madurai to Theni Main Road Nagamalaipudukkottai Madurai – 625 019 Mob.No.:93459 13388 Ph.No.:0452-2458966 E-mail: zone1.tnou@gmail.com
5 Mayiladuthurai Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai (4 Districts) No 23, II Structure, Ground Floor Velayudam Nagar Behind Ratna Theatre Kumbakonam Main Road Mayiladuthurai- 609 001 Mob.No.: 93459 13393 Ph. No.: 04364 291898 E-mail: tnoumyldrc@gmail.com
6 The Nilgiris The Nilgiris(1 District) Susy Villa No.7/403, Good Hope Compound Donnington Road, Kotagiri – 643 217 Mob.No.: 93459 13386 E-mail: nilgiriszc@gmail.com
7 Salem Salem and Namakkal (2 Districts) Old No:7, New No:4 Ground Floor Thiruvallur Street Subramaniya Nagar Salem-636 005 Mob.No.: 93459 13373 Ph. No.: 0427 2919373 E-mail: tnousalemrc@gmail.com
8 Sivagangai Sivagangai, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram (3 Districts) No 591 Thiruppathur Main Road Near Kanjirangal Pillaiyar Kovil Kanjirangal Sivagangai-630 562 Mob.No.: 93459 13375 Ph. No.:04575 299260 E-mail: tnousivagangairc@gmail.com
9 Tiruvannamalai Tiruvannamalai, Ranipet and Vellore (3 Districts) No 32G Gandhi Nagar Bye pass Vettavalam Road, Near Vijaya Mall Tiruvannamalai-606 601 Mob.No.: 93459 13374 Ph. No.:04175 299119 E-mail: tnoutvmalairc@gmail.com
10 Tiruchirappalli Ariyalur, Karur, Perambalur and Tirurchirappalli (4 Districts) 15 D Mc Donalds Road Kalaiarangam Complex Contonment Tirurchirappalli- 620 001 Mob.No.: 93459 13391 Ph. No.:0431 2412567 E-mail:trytnou@gmail.com
11 Tirunelveli Kanniyakumari, Tenkasi, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli (4 Districts) No.37, Jothi Nagar North Street Palayamkottai Tirunelveli – 627 002 Mob.No.: 93459 13392 Ph. No.: 0462-2500456 E-mail: tvltnou@gmail.com
12 Vilupuram Cuddalore, Kallakurichi and Vilupuram (3 Districts) No.101, Sarveyar Nagar, Salamedu, Behind Theivanai Ammal College, Near SC/ST Hostels, Kandamanadi (P.O) Vilupuram – 605 401 Mob.No.: 93459 13380 Ph. No.:04146 290567 E-mail: villzonal@gmail.com
Learner Support Centres (LSCs)

The University has it’s Learner Support Centres (Study Centres) only in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) affiliated to various Universities in the State, adhering to the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020. At present, 188 Study Centres are recognized by the University. In addition, the University has run recognized Work Centres for specialized Programmes.

As a model in the Open and Distance Learning in India, the University has established it’s Learner Support Centres in 132 Government Arts and Science Colleges in the State, for which the Government of Tamilnadu has issued two G.Os such as G.O. (Ms). No. 150 dated 23.10.2020 and G.O. (Ms). No. 48 dated 25.02.2021. This initiative massively supports the learners to get quality education at a par with on campus education.

In addition, the University also runs 12 Constituent Learner Support Centres at 12 Regional Centres to widen the quality learning opportunity for the learners.

Staff:

Dr. R. Mahendran
Dr. R. Mahendran
Director (i/c)
Student Support Services Division

Dr. N. Saravanakumar
Dr. N. Saravanakumar
Deputy Director (i/c)
Student Support Services Division

Mr. N.R. Rajinikanth
Mr. N.R. Rajinikanth
Junior Assistant
Student Support Services Division

Contact:

Dr. R. Mahendran
Director (i/c)
Student Support Services Division
Second Floor, Administrative Block
Tamil Nadu Open University
No.577, Anna Salai, Saidapet
Chennai- 600 015
Mobile: 9345913376
Email: tnousssd2019@gmail.com