The Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) was established by the Act No.14 of 1994 passed by the Gujarat State Legislature, and assented to by the Governor of Gujarat on 27th July, 1994. The BAOU is the seventh Open University in the country in terms of their establishment. The University offers 72 programmes with an enrolment of more than 1,00,000 learners.
The headquarters of the university is located at Ahmedabad. The University has established Regional Centre on the campus of South Gujarat University, Rajkot and has initiated the process of another establishing Regional centre on the campus of North Gujarat University, Patan. The University has more than 507 study centers. It has jurisdiction over the whole state of Gujarat.
BAOU Courses Offered
Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme (BPP)
The Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme is launched for educating the adults deprived of 10+2 qualification and aspiring for further studies and Bachelor’s degrees like (B.A. and B.Com.).
Course fees – Rs. 900
|CERTIFICATE COURSES||CERTIFICATE INFOOD AND NUTRITION (C.F.N.)||MALE-1100
|CERTIFICATE IN COMPUTING (CIC)||MALE-3200
|CERTIFICATE IN TOURISM MARKETING(CTM)||MALE-1400
|CERTIFICATE IN TPURISM MANAGEMENT(CMT)||MALE-1100
|CERTIFICATE IN CHILDCARE AND DEVELOPMENT||MALE-1200
|CERTIFICATE IN PERSONAL COMPUTER SOFTWARE (CPCS)||MALE-1500
|CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING OF ENGLISH(CTE)||MALE- 1800
|CERTIFICATE IN ENVIRONMENT STUDIES||MALE-1800
|CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH LEVEL-I (CSSE1)||MALE- 700
|CERTIFICATE IN COMPUTER CONCEPT||MALE-4000
|CERTIFICATE IN TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANT(CTBA)||MALE- 1700
|CERTIFICATE IN BETTER PARENTING (CCBP)||2200|
|CERTIFICATE IN YOG SCIENCE (CYS)||1400|
|CERTIFICATE IN NATUROPATHY(CIN)||4200|
|CERTIFICATE IN HUMAN RIGHTS (CHR)||MALE-1400
|CERTIFICATE IN ENVIRONMENT AWARENESS ( CEA)|
|CERTIFICATE IN DR. BABSAHEB AMBEDKAR LIFE AND THOUGHT(CALT)||600|
|CERTIFICATE IN ANGANVADI KARYAKARTA (CCAW)||1200|
|CERTIFICATE IN NGO MANAGEMENT(CNM)||1100|
|DIPLOMA COURSES||Diploma in Creative writing in English (DCE)||1700|
|Diploma in Creative writing in Hindi (DCH)||MALE-2600
|Diploma in Financial Management (DFM)||MALE-2200
|Diploma in Advance cost Accounting (DACA)||MALE-2200
|Diploma in Advance Accounting (DAA)||MALE-2200
|Diploma in Insurance (DIN)||MALE-2200
|Diploma in Operation Research (DOR)||MALE-2200
|Diploma in Mother & Child Health & Family Welfare (DMCH)||MALE-5200
|Diploma in Village Health Worker (DVHW)||MALE-4200
|Diploma in Sanskrit Language (DSL)||MALE-2200
|POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA||Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (PGDDE)||MALE-1700
|GRADUATE COURSES||BACHEOR OF ARTS( B.A)||MALE-1800
|BACHELOR OF COMMERCE(B.COM)||MALE-1800
|BACHELOR OF EDUCATION(B.ED)||MALE-500
|POST GRADUATE COURSES||Master of Arts In English (MEG)||MALE-3700
|Master of Arts In Hindi (MHD)||MALE-3700
|Master of Arts In Sociology (MSO)||MALE-3700
|Master of Arts In Gujarati (MGT)||MALE-3700
|DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY||Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)||10000/YEAR|
|VOCATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEGREES||FLCE(Foreign Language Certificate in English)||1800/6 MONTHS|
|FLCF(Foreign Language Certificate in French)|
|Diploma in Business Administration (DBA)||4000/SEMESTER|
|Diploma in Computer Application (DCA)||7000/SEMESTER|
|Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)||4000/SEMESTER|
|BBA in Hotel and Tourism Management||22000/YEAR|
|BBA in Air Travel management (BBAAT)||15000/YEAR|
|BCA (Bachelor of Computer Application)||7000/SEMESTER|
|Bachelor in Computer application-Multimedia (BCA-Multimedia)||15000/YEAR|
|BMGA (Bachelor in Media Graphics and Animation)||10000/YEAR|
|BSW (Bachelor in Social Work)(Gujarati Medium)||4000/YEAR|
|PGDBA (Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration)||7500/SEMESTER|
|PGDM (Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing)||7500/SEMESTER|
|PGDCA (Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Application)||7500/SEMESTER|
|PGDF (Postgraduate Diploma in Finance)||7500/SEMESTER|
|PGDHR (Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource)||7500/SEMESTER|
|MSW (Master in Social Work)(Gujarati Medium)||7500/SEMESTER|
BAOU Special Initiatives
- The first and foremost achievement of this University is that it has different rates for females and males. This quality clashes over a lot of principles of gender equality but this University respects the fact that every citizen of India is not liberal yet. Thus, it has taken financial measures to help females get the education they deserve and are interested in.
- Secondly, this University has an array of unusual courses for e.g. Certificate in Naturopaty, Certificate in Yog Science, Certificate in Child Development e.t.c which is mostly unheard of in other open or regular universities.
- BAOU has a system of OMKAR. O M K A R – the Open Matrix Knowledge Advancement Resource is a technology-enabled domain, constituting a repository of e-resources of information and knowledge. The domain is a dynamic platform that is compatible with multi-media convergence for a two way communication of information and knowledge.
5 Indigenously designed android mobile educational apps for providing vital information about the university. All apps can be downloaded from the Google Playstore at no extra cost. Internet connection is not required once the apps are downloaded and installed.
The Financial Support for this Initiative is provided by DEB/UGC.
In today’s world, electronic media plays important role in communication and dissemination of information and education. The pace of learning can be enhanced due to its intuitive, appealing and powerful visual and audio content. Considering the importance of imparting quality education and training in the skills of TV production as a part of the curriculum of the University, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) has envisaged to establish facilities for High definition Television and Internet Radio station at their University. This project envisages establishment of a state-of-the-art HDTV and sound recording studio with post production facilities suitable for premier educational institution along and required infrastructure. University can also utilize this facility for preparation of audio/video instruction material for other courses.
164 Audio scripts of approximated duration of 30 minutes are already prepared for internet radio for various master programs.
There are hundreds of thousands of phrases / concepts / phenomena or words which are used by various people in their day to day life but the meanings of those terms is either unclear, incomplete or partially understandable but still they are used on a breathtaking scale almost daily. Thus it becomes imperative that everyone is made familiar with such terms or phrases which would enhance their understanding and knowledge irrespective of cast, color or creed.
Gyan Bindu is a step towards that direction. Through this service it is envisaged that anyone in India will have a quick and reliable access to unfamiliar terms or phrases with minimal cost involved for availing the service.
The crux for the complete application is mobility. Anywhere, anytime when a person needs to have information or knowledge regarding some term / phrase they can have it quickly, reliably and cheaply just at the touch of a button. It’s information on fingertips in literal sense. Information is no longer dependent on other factors like location, person etc. Its availability is made right there on the spot and just when needed.
Kamdhenu is the first of its kind ICT enabled world’s most advanced classroom on wheels. It is a GPS enabled air-conditioned van with 16 internet enabled work-stations networked through LAN. It is equipped with LCD projector, a screen, a white board and public addressing system. Kamdhenu Project earned for BAOU, the prestigious Enterprise Driving Growth and Excellence (EDGE) award in 2012. It is an important initiative by BAOU to spread digital literacy in rural and remote areas.
A classroom without walls facilitates web based learning in an interactive mode. A distance learner gets a feel of face to face interaction like a conventional classroom setting with facilities like hand raising to ask queries, chatting and power point presentation. A group of learners can be benefitted by interacting with a domain expert present at any remote location of the world. Software facilitates easy recording, retrieving and archival.
This university has not failed to make an impression with its unique courses and fees initiatives. The various certificate courses such as Certificate in Naturopaty, Certificate in Yog Science, Certificate in Child Development e.t.c. are unique, impressionable and interesting. These are the courses that will help an individual improve their way of life. This makes them more in demand and the reasonable fees just makes them more approachable.
The various facilities provided by this University such as Virtual Classrooms, classrooms on wheels, mobile applications e.t.c are solely focused on making the studies easier for students and more accessible. The initiatives are one of a kind and are new in the field of education.
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