Introduction to Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL)
The university started its correspondence education on 24th March 1971. It was known as "Directorate of Correspondence Courses". In the year 1985 it was upgraded as "Directorate of Distance Education" which was further, in 1993, upgraded as "Institute of Distance Education (IDE)". In the academic year 2008-09 it has been renamed as "INSTITUTE OF DISTANCE AND OPEN LEARNING (IDOL)". Since its inception IDOL has been giving high priority to human resource development by introducing various traditional degree courses as well as technical and professional courses through distance mode.
Institute has 75 permanent staff members including Professor - cum - Director, Dy. Director (Academic), 5, Teaching Faculty, 1 Assistant Director (Academic) and 4 part-time Co-ordinators of I.T. Courses, 2 Deputy Registrars, 1 Public Relation cum Publicity Officer, 5 Assistant Registrars and 5 Superintendents and 150 Seasonal Clerks and Peons. Apart from this, 1500 visiting faculties are also working in the institute for examination, counseling and other academic works.
University of Mumbai is the 7th university in the country which started Distance Education Programme in a conventional set up. Initially it started with the registration of 845 students which has grown up to a staggering figure of about 80,000 in the last academic year 2009-10. The students are also giving excellent responses by topping the merit lists of the university and have bagged Gold Medal in M.A. (Sanskrit), M.A. (Marathi) and Chancellor's Medal in M.A. (Hindi). There are a good number of students securing 1st class at B.A. / B.Com. and M.A. / M.Com. Many students of IDOL have gone abroad for seeking higher education in the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand etc. during last year. Many well known film personalities have been also enrolled in IDOL.
All courses offered by the institute are approved by Distance Education Council, New Delhi, Vide Letter No. F. No./DEC/2009/4872 dated17/12/2009.