Established by the Tamil Nadu Government by Act No. 2 of 1982, Bharathidasan University,
Tiruchirappalli, has grown with an excellent research base, offering PG and research programmes
through 35 and odd Schools, Departments and Research Centres. The University is accredited with
"A" Grade by NAAC and is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Association
of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). During the past 25 years, the University has made tremendous
contribution towards teaching and research.
The faculty of the University includes winners of prestigious honors like, Bhatnagar Award, Hari Om Trust Award, Meghnad Saha Award, UNESCO Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, TANSA Award, National Enivironmental Science Academy award and Indian National Science Congress Award. Many members of the faculty have received fellowships like FNA, FNASc, FASc, FIAT, FPTCA, FLS, FAEB and FRES. The University has acquired SAP-DRS Level II for Chemistry Department, DST-FIST for Animal Science, Chemistry, Physics and Plant Science Departments and DST-IRHPA for the Centre for Non-linear Dynamics. The University offers a wide range of contemporary, emerging and career oriented programmes through the 120 affiliated colleges.
The Centre for Distance Education (CDE) was established in the year 1992 with an aim to provide higher education to those who could not attend regular colleges due to economic constraints and those who were employed and sought to upgrade their educational qualifications. The syllabi for the programmes offered through the CDE are the same as for the programmes offered in the colleges affiliated to the University. The B.Ed., Programme is being offered from the academic year 2006-2007 with the approval of NCTE and so far two batches of students have successfully completed the programme. There are totally five regular faculty in the Department of Education in the CDE and quality education is provided to the students who are pursuing B.Ed. Programme on par with the regular students.
I extend my best wishes to all students studying through the Centre for Distance Education of Bharathidasan University and hope that the education they acquire through the CDE will help them in their profession and to achieve their goals.