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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 and renamed as 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.
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 centers: The institute organizes 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 centers 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.
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