About BOU


Mission and Vision of BOU OER

The need for an open university in Bangladesh was felt long ago. The history of distance education in Bangladesh dates back to 1956, when the Education Directorate was assigned with the responsibility for distribution of 200 radio receivers to educational institutions. This led to the creation of an Audio-Visual Cell, which was upgraded to the Audio-Visual Education Centre in 1962. No further progress in distance education was made till 1971.

After Independence, Bangladesh faced the challenge of meeting the educational needs of mass people. To meet this challenge the necessity for a new mode of education was widely felt. As a sequel to that feeling, the School Broadcasting Pilot Project was launched in 1978. The project was transformed into National Institute of Educational Media and Technology (NIEMT) in 1983.

NIEMT was later replaced by the Bangladesh Institute of Distance Education (BIDE) in 1985. Apart from producing audio-visual materials, BIDE offered the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) program in distance mode. The success of BIDE encouraged policymakers to take up a major plan for establishing an open university. The plan became a reality in October 1992 when the Bangladesh Open University Act 1992 was passed in the Parliament.

Bangladesh Open University (BOU) at a Glance :

Established October 21, 1992
Type Public University
Mode of Delivery Open and Distance Learning
Chancellor Md. Abdul Hamid
Honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. M A Mannan
Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Khondaker Mokaddem Hossain
Treasurer Professor Dr. Ashfaque Hossain
Total Students (Formal Programs) 5,40,733 (On 31/12/2017)
Location Board Bazar, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Area 35 Acres
Academic Schools 6
Administrative Divisions 11
Total Academic Programs 62 (Formal Programs: 43; Non-Formal Programs: 19)
Regional Centers/Campuses 12
Sub Regional Centers 80
Study Centers 1502
Total Teachers/Tutors 26625
Examination Centers 1194


  • The Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
  • SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL)
  • Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)
  • International Council for Open and Distance Learning (ICODL)
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA)
  • Association of SAARC Universities (ASU)
  • Global Alliance for Transnational Education (GATE)
  • International Research Foundation for Open Learning (IRFOL)
  • Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA)
  • International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
  • South Asia Foundation (SAF)

International Collaboration:

  • Open University of Sri Lanka
  • Open University, UK
  • Open University of Malaysia

On-going Projects


Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia
In response to needs expressed by the Commonwealth countries of the Asian region for a more effective utilization of educational media resources for Distance Education, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) established Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) in the year 1994. CEMCA, under a host country agreement signed between COL and Government of India (GoI) in 1998, has it’s headquarter in New Delhi. The GoI notified CEMCA as a diplomatic mission under section 3 of the United Nations (privileges and immunities) Act, 1947 (46 of 1947) vide The Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (ii) dated 10 February 2000.

Vision: To be the foremost agency in Commonwealth Asia that promotes media enabled learning for development.

Mission: To assist governments and institutions to expand the scale, efficiency and quality of learning by using multiple media in open, distance and technology-enhanced learning.

Objectives & Strategies
The strategic objective of CEMCA is to promote co-operation and collaboration in the use of electronic media resources for distance education. The specific objectives are to:
Serve as a regional electronic media resource center.
Facilitate an effective exchange of information on educational media resources between educational and media organizations in the region.
Promote greater use of electronic media in the delivery of distance education programmes.
Promote linkages between CEMCA and other organizations to enhance the availability of educational media resources region-wide
Facilitate access to training in the development and use of electronic media resources for distance education.
Serve as an information center on educational technology.

COL/CEMCA has identified five core strategies to achieve outcomes and impact: partnerships, capacity, materials, models and policy. In practice, most COL/CEMCA activities incorporate more than one of these strategies and, in some cases, all five.

Partnership refers to a dynamic relationship between organizations and institutions based on mutually agreed goals with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. CEMCA/COL partners with government agencies, public institutions, civil society and other organizations to improve and extend teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth. Partnerships are based on collaboration and shared values and goals.

Capacity development refers to processes that enable people and organizations to achieve their objectives more effectively. This can mean training but also networking and other processes that enable and empower people and organizations to develop appropriate policies, adopt and adapt models, and develop and use materials. In short, capacity development pervades all CEMCA activities. It focuses primarily on human resource development.

By materials, COL/CEMCA means learning and teaching resources. These can be course materials, toolkits and frameworks for quality or policy-making. Course materials, and often also the toolkits and frameworks, are produced by partners with COL/CEMCA support. CEMCA publishes all its new learning resources as Open Educational Resources (OER).

A model is a coherent set of structures and processes that have been shown to work in more than one context to achieve specific results. CEMCA is working to develop sustainable models for Community Radio Stations, and also develop new models of delivery of Open Schooling. In the past, it has developed the model guidelines for Quality Assurance of Multimedia
Learning Materials.

A policy is a high-level statement of ambition that specifies the outcomes to be achieved and that guides decision-making through a defined course of action. COL/CEMCA supports the development of policy for organizations and institutions as well as for governments. Promoting the use of Open Distance and technology-enabled learning, and use of Open Educational Resources require policy development at national and institutional level, and CEMCA/COL supports such initiative through capacity building and advocacy.

BOU-OER is an Open platform to access open educational resources having an open license to Reuse, Revise, Remix, Retain and Redistribute (5Rs). Bangladesh open University in support with Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia initiated this work to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education opportunities by repurposing high quality open educational resources (OER) to facilitate an innovative, interactive and collaborative learning environment where the learner's set their own objectives rather than being restricted by institutions. Bangladesh Open University foster flexible learning environment by using Self Learning Materials, Lecture Notes, Audio/video Lectures, Assignments, Course materials, etc by both courses of action, i.e., face-to-face mode and distance mode. Through this institutional OER repository university is going to gear up its basic educational facilities supported with information and communication technologies.


Declaration: cc by Educational materials available in BOU-OER Repository distributed under Creative Commons 4.0 International License.