The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) was established in July 1989 by Act XX- (1989) of the Maharashtra State Legislature. It is the Fifth Open University in the country. The jurisdiction of this university, originally for the State of Maharashtra, has now been extended beyond this State and the university can now operate anywhere across the globe. The YCMOU has been recognized under section 12 (B) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. It is a member of various prestigious associations and bodies like the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada to name a few. The main aim of the YCMOU is to become a Mass Varsity and to make available to the common man, educational programmes that are of practical use in his day-to-day life and those that provide better prospects for the future. The University offers several offline programmes and has also embarked on a number of innovative online initiatives. The YCMOU has its headquarters at Nashik and provides support to its learners through study centers, which are spread all over the State of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra has a long and rich tradition of educational reforms. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Bhaurao Patil, Swami Ramanand Teerth and other great thinkers and reformers have contributed to educational philosophy and movement in the state. It was therefore appropriate that the state realized the need of an open university, The university was established on 1st July, 1989 through Act XX of 1989 of the Maharashtra State Legislature, justly named after Yashwantrao Chavan, Maharashtra’s great political leader and builder of modern Maharashtra.
Due to statutory powers conferred by an act XX (1989) of Maharashtra state legislature and the recognition by the ‘University Grants Commission of India’, this university is fully empowered to award various academic certifications like certificates, diplomas, and graduate, post-graduate, doctoral degrees. This university also takes all precautions, at all programme stages from ‘Curriculum Design’ to ‘Examination’, to ensure that the standards and quality of, education and examinations are preserved. The curriculum of these programmes is designed for Equivalence, with respective similar academic programmes, offered by other statutory universities of various states. University also provides many different diploma or certificates, which may or may not be equivalent to any other such certificates. These certificates will motivate students for self-study, as their learning efforts will be recognized by the university after short duration. These certificates will be provided only when, student requests for it along with attested photocopies of Mark-Sheets confirming successful completion of the required courses in end examination. No convocation shall be necessary for issue of these certificates.
All architecture graduate and post-graduate programmes are duly recognized and approved by the “Council of Architecture (CoA)”. Hence, after successful completion of the graduate degree programme (that is, B.Arch.), student can register with the “Council of Architecture (CoA)”. Student shall be entitled to practice as an architect after such registration. For all engineering diploma and degree programmes, where equivalence status is not explicitly mentioned, university has already initiated recognition and equivalence procedures, with appropriate authorities like “Board of Technical Education” or “All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)”. University will publish the results of these recognition and equivalence procedures on the official web site, as and when they are available. All these degree and post-graduate degree programmes are duly recognized and approved by the ‘University Grant Commission (UGC)’. Hence, these programmes are equivalent to the respective programmes offered by any other statutory university in India, for the purpose of employment, promotion, and further education. In this respect, the status of this university is at par with all other statutory universities of India.
“Vision: To become a Mass Varsity
Through our technical, vocational, professional, and liberal education programmes, application of modern communication technologies and adoption of the distance education methodology, we strive towards developing an Innovative, Flexible, and Open system of education.
The Head office of the university is located at Nashik. The university operates through its 11 Regional Centers (RCs) at Amravati, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nashik, Nanded, Nagpur, Pune, Kalyan, Sopalur, Goa and a network of Study Centres (SCs). The jurisdiction of this university although originally for the State of Maharashtra, has now been extended beyond this State by an amendment in the University Act and the university is now empowered to extend its operations anywhere across the globe.
The central part of this emblem symbolizes a peacock, the vehicle of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. The circular strokes spreading outwards indicate openness, dynamism, and propagation. The YCMOU emblem thus signifies the spread of knowledge, far and wide, which is the motto of the university. Translated literally, the motto means: ‘The River of knowledge at every home’. In practice, the motto reflects the aim of this university: to transmit the flow of knowledge to the home of the common man.
एक प्रतिज्ञा असे आमुची ज्ञानाची साधना चिरंतन ज्ञानाची साधना |
ज्ञान हेच संजीवन सा-या जगताच्या जीवना ||
ज्योत जागवू सुजाणतेची सकलांच्या अंतरी |
तीच निवारील पटल तमाचे प्रभात सूर्यापरी |
ज्ञानच देऊळ, ज्ञानच दैवत प्रगतीच्या पूजना || १ ||
नव्या युगाचा नव्या जगाचा ज्ञान धर्म आहे |
त्यातच आमुच्या उजळ आश्वासन राहे |
मुक्त करील तो परंपरेच्या बंदिघरातुन मना || २ ||
हाच मंत्र नेईल आम्हाला दिव्य भविष्याकडे |
न्यायनितीचे पाऊल जेथे भेदाशी ना अडे |
जे जे मंगल पावन त्याची जेथे आराधना || ३ ||