Pondicherry University is a Central University in Pondicherry, India. Established in 1985 by the Government of India, it is an associating University with a jurisdiction spread over the Union districts of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It has 25,000 scholars in its 57 associated colleges in constituent to 1,600 scholars enrolled on the main campus and another 27,000 scholars in the distance learning mode. It is accredited with being a pioneering distance-learning institution in India with innovations like Choice-based Credit System and on-line admission for postgraduate studies.
The Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) is one more plume in the cap of the Pondicherry University. The University, in the academic Session 1995-96, entered into the area of offering distance education to cater to the demands of the student community. It suffices the civilians who have been refused the chance to cover their studies earlier. The programmes put up by the Directorate are innovatory and job-oriented. The programmes such as MBA General with four specialties in Marketing, Finance, and International Business & Human Resource Management are some of the very emerging programmes to be launched through Distance mode.