University Grants Commission (UGC)

Certificate of University Established as per Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act, 1956.

Report for Inclusion of
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University
Under Section 12(B) of UGC ACT, 1956

About University:

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) was established by the Act No.14 of 1994 of the Legislative Assembly by the Government of Gujarat.

The headquarters of the university is located at Ahmedabad. The University has established 07 Regional Centres and 282 Learner Support Centres across the state of Gujarat. As it has jurisdiction over the whole state of Gujarat.

It is open to all persons irrespective of classes, castes, creed, religion or sex. The University offers 80+ programmes with on roll enrolment of more than 2,00,000+ learners. The university has completed 29 silver years of a fruitful existence that has brought it to the forefront in terms of its academic excellence.

  • BAOU has been recognized under section 2 (f) of the UGC Act, 1956 by University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • All the programmes of the university are approved by the Distance Education Bureau (DEB), University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • University, is accredited with A++ Grade (with 3.55 CGPA on 4 Point Scale) by National Assessment Accreditation Council (NAAC) in July 2022. in its very first cycle. The only University in Gujarat and only State Open University in India to secure A++ Grade and with highest CGPA.
  • In March 2023, University has been entitled to offer programmes under Online Mode, now university is also offering Online Programmes along with ODL Programmes
  • In April 2023, University has beencategorized as Category – I University according to the University Grants Commission (Categorization of Universities (only) for Grant of Graded Autonomy) Regulations, 2018 for its extraordinary performance in accreditation performance which signifies its commitment to academic autonomy and its adherence to high-quality standards.

Proposal for Inclusion of the University Under Section 12(B) of UGC ACT, 1956 UGC (Fitness of Open Universities for Grants) Rules, 1988    View

Information and Documents for the assessment of State Universities seeking inclusion under Section-12B of UGC Act, 1956 as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Virtual Visit

  • Annexure - I Proforma for Report of The Expert Committee to declare the University eligible to receive central assistance under section 12B of the UGC Act, 1956(View PDF) (Download Doc)
  • Annexure - II Tentative topics to be covered in PPT   View
  • Annexure - III Soft copies of following documents to be provided   View
  • Annexure - IV Details of infrastructural facilities, as below, with video/geo-tags   View

Categorization of the university under UGC [Categorization of Universities (only) for Grant of Graded Autonomy] Regulations,2018

Compliance of Mandatory Disclosure to be uploaded on HEI’s website

  • 1. Name of the HEI: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University
  • 2. Type of HEI: Open and Distance Learning (ODL) University
  • 3. Official website for ODL and Online Programmes:
  • 4. Number of recognized/entitled ODL Programmes, as applicable: 21
  • 5. Number of recognized/entitled Online Programmes, as applicable: 08
Sr.No.Information TypeProvisions If Yes, provide the link
IInstitutional Leveli.Establishing Act and Statutes
ii.Application submitted to UGC-DEB for offering ODL/Online programmes
iii.Copies of the letters of recognition from Commission
Note: Not applicable for Category-I HEIs and Entitled HEIs
iv.Copies of the letters of other relevant statutory or regulatory authoritiesLetter from NCTE: (View)
Letter from RCI: (View)
Letter from AICTE: (View)
IIProgramme-wisei.Programme details including brochures or programme guides such as
  • Name of the programme
  • Duration
  • Eligibility for enrolment
  • Programme fee
ii.Programme-wise information on:
  • Syllabus
  • Programme structure with credit points
IIIFaculty and Non-Teaching Staffi. Programme-wise faculty details
ii. List of supporting staff
IVSelf-Learning Material / E-Learning MaterialComplete information about "Self Learning Material” including name of the faculty who prepared it, when was it prepared and last updated for Open and Distance Learning Programmes;
Similarly information about "E-Learning Materials” in 4 quadrants in case of Online programmes
IVLearner Support Centres (for ODL mode)List of Learner Support Centres with
  • Name with Addresses
  • Contact details
  • Working hours
  • Number of learners
  • Counseling Schedule
VIExaminationi.List of the "Examination Centres” along with the number of learners in each centre 
ii. Details of the Information and Communication Technology facilities available for conduct of examination 
VIIScheduleImportant schedules or date-sheets for:
  • Admissions,
  • Registration and re-registration,
  • Assignments
  • Examinations
  • Result declarations etc.
VIIIAdmission DataData of year-wise and programme-wise learner enrolment details 
IXStudent Centric provisioni. Frequently Asked Questions
ii. E-Samadhan 
ii. Details of Students’ Grievance Redressal Committee (SGRC) and Ombudsperson
iv. UGC public notice dated 19th March, 2024 on Precaution to be taken before enrolling inprogrammes under ODL mode and Online mode 
XQualitative Provisioni.Feedback mechanism
ii. Reports of internal academic audit every year by Centre for Internal Quality Assurance (CIQA)

Important Circulars

Public Notice regarding Precautions to be taken by the students before enrolling in Programmes offered under Open & Distance Learning (ODL) and/or Online Learning mode- Reg.

The students before enrolling in Programmes offered under Open & Distance Learning (ODL) and/or Online Learning mode


Important Dates