Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) was established in July 1989 by the 'Act XX-(1989)' of the Maharashtra State Legislature. This university is recognized by the 'University Grants Commission (UGC)' of India. 'The Commonwealth of Learning (COL)' Canada, conferred the prestigious 'Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement' for the year 2002 to this university. YCMOU is the first Open University in India which is honored with this prestigious award. It is the fifth Open University in the country. As per provisions of the Act, this 'Open University' can also offer regular academic programmes (like B.Arch. or B.Des.) in 'Full Time Face-To-Face Mode of Education'.