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The University of Mumbai (known earlier as University of Bombay) is one of the oldest and premier Universities in India. It was established in 1857 consequent upon “Wood’s Education Dispatch”, and it is one amongst the first three Universities in India. As a sequel to the change in the name of the city from Bombay to Mumbai, the name of the University has been changed from “University of Bombay” to “University of Mumbai”, vide notification issued by the Government of Maharashtra and published in the Government Gazette dated 4th September 1996. The University was accorded 5 star status in 2001 & ‘A’ grade status in April 2012 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It has been granted University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) status by UGC and PURSE Scheme by DST. The university started its correspondence education on 24th March 1971. It was known as “Directorate of Correspondence Programmes”.

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 the “The Institute of Distance Education” is now named 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 Programmes as well as Technical and Professional Programmes through distance mode.

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