The Education Society’s,

P. D. Karkhanis College of Arts & Commerce, Ambarnath

The College started YCMOU for the working students in 2008 with Arts & Commerce faculty.

The Commerce faculty medium of instruction is bilingual ( Marathi and English) and Arts faculty medium of instruction is Marathi.

The University campus is aptly named as ‘Dnyangangotri’ (River of Knowledge) and is spread over prawling 147acres, picturesque, lush green campus, adjacent to Gangapur Dam near Nashik city established on 1st July 1989.It is the Fifth Open University in the country.

The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) was established on 1st July 1989 by the Act XX- (1989) of Maharashtra State Legislature. The headquarters of the University is located at Nashik.

YCMOU is one of the Mega Open Universities in India which disseminates learning through continuing education and lifelong learning to the working population in Maharashtra including practicing farmers and farm women.

The goal of the YCMOU is to become a ‘Mass Varsity’. The University strives to ‘Reach the Unreached’ segments of the society thereby providing need-based, academic programs of various levels ranging from certificate to Post-Graduate programs.

The vision of the university is to become as Mass Varsity, reaching out to large number of learners through seamless access to learner-centric quality education.Mission The mission of the university, derived from its act is based on playing a significant role in widening access to quality higher education through:
● Making affordable higher education available to all those aspiring to it, regardless of previous qualification, gender, region, religion or caste;

● Providing sustainable and high-quality programs across disciplines, at different levels, to meet the diverse needs of learners;

● Effectively using ICT to support learning, provide a flexible system of education, meet the challenges of access and equity and facilitate development of a knowledge society.

● Strengthening the development of resource centre to set a proactive role model for high quality and learner-centric open and distance learning system.

● Sharing professional capabilities and resources to maintain and coordinate standards of distance education.

● Developing networks using emerging technologies and methods for effective program delivery to the last mile learners in Maharashtra.

● Forging convergence of all systems and work for seamless education across national boundaries to develop global collaborations and partnerships.

● Promoting national integration, integrated development of our people, and community participation in education and development.