The Tamil Nadu Open University was established by an Act (No.27 of 2002) of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Open University was established with the aim to benefit those who have been deprived of and/or denied the access to higher education especially destitute, physically challenged, working men and women, economically weaker sections of the society, and those who discontinued education for various reasons, etc. It aims to reach the hitherto unreached.
The University offers many programmes in various disciplines. Given the geographical extent, population and actual need of Tamil Nadu, the setting up of Tamil Nadu Open University by the Government of Tamil Nadu is a huge step for the betterment of the state. This step of the Government of Tamil Nadu shall prove a boon for women, physically challenged, rural poor and marginalized sections of the society. TNOU is committed to support this cause academically as well as financially. In a short period of time, Tamil Nadu Open University has done a remarkable work.