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. It is open to all persons irrespective of classes, castes, creed, religion or sex.
The important and distinguishing objectives for BAOU are to:
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Gujarat is one of the most developed states with rich cultural and entrepreneur heritage. With its progressive out look and its social reformation it has provided leadership not to India but also to entire humanity. It is one of the first state to implement the new pattern of education and three-language formula. It has a well organized network of institutions and organizations including a large number of NGOs working in the field of education and development. These traditions inspired the establishment of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) in the State in the year 1994.
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