Bangladesh Open University offers  2 (two) types of programs  Formal and  Non-formal, through 6 (six) different schools. BOU already has launched 43 formal and 19 Non -formal programs:

Formal programs consist of four levels – Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Masters. Interested people enrolled for the formal programs collect books written specially for them from Regional Centers (RC), Sub Regional Centers (SRC) and Study Centers. Audio cassettes are also sent out. BOU prepares audio-visual materials and we have been able to arrange for 25 minutes radio broadcast every day and 20-25 minutes television broadcasts five days a week. Each year for every formal program BOU conducts two examination, one each semester.

BOU's Non-formal Programs: In the case of non-formal programs BOU doesn't conduct any examination. As a rest majority of the people of this country cannot read or write, objectives in the case of non-formal programs is to let people be conversant with modern and sustainable techniques in agriculture, poultry farming, health and nutrition, environment protection etc. in a way which is comprehensible to them.

Program wise total student’s enrollment on 31/12/2016 in 2015-16/2016 Session

 

Schools Name of the Program Year/ Semester Total Enrollment
Male Female Total
Open School SSC (Humanities) 1st (2017) 23366 15102 38468
2nd  14607 10657 25264
SSC (Science)  1st (2017) 260  125  385
2nd   121 65 186
SSC (Business Education)  1st (2017)   2384  1533 3917
2nd   894 569 1463
 SSC Niche-1 1st  153 0 153
 2nd      
HSC (Humanities) 1st (2017) 28790 22028 50818
2nd 28032 18700 46732
 HSC (Science) 1st (2017)  379  181  560
 2nd 308 171 479
HSC (Business Education)   1st (2017)  1260 706 1966 
 2nd  1028 499 1527 
HSC
Niche-1
1st 3458 258 3716
2nd 1422 53 1475
BBS 1st 1452 500 1952
2nd 496 169 665
3rd 322 103 425
School of Social Science Humanities and Languages BA/BSS 1st 37415 25796 63211
2nd 31228 22040 53268
3rd 11559 7934 19493
4th 11594 7920 19514
5th 18073 14421 32494
6th 18103 14412 32515
Bangla (Honors) 1st 44 32 76
2nd 23 21 44
3rd 21 17 38
4th 16 21 37
5th 13 13 26
 6th 13 12 25
7th   0 0 0
8th   0 0 0
History (Honors) 1st 62 20 82
2nd 30 16 46
3rd 12 17 29
4th 9 5 14
5th 11 12 23
6th 9 9 18
7th 14 5 19
8th 22 12 34
Islamic Studies (Honors) 1st 56 21 77
2nd 32 20 52
3rd 35 9 44
4th 31 7 38
5th 14 13 27
6th 14 14 28
7th 9 13 22
8th 22 19 41
Philosophy (Honors) 1st 43 30 73
2nd 26 20 46
3rd 21 4 25
4th 15 3 18
5th 16 7 23
6th 14 6 20
7th 9 13 22
8th 19 17 36
Political Science (Honors) 1st 58 11 69
2nd 25 9 34
3rd 24 7 31
4th 12 5 17
5th 24 7 31
6th 24 8 32
7th 13 5 18
8th 27 9 36
Sociology (Honors) 1st 52 17 69
2nd 23 10 33
3rd 16 8 24
4th 18 8 26
5th 23 4 27
6th 19 3 22
7th 18 1 19
8th 22 4 26
Law (Honors) 1st 163 26 189
2nd 104 19 123
3rd 61 9 70
4th 52 8 60
5th  20 1 21 
6th  18 1 19
Political Science (MA) 1st  28 17 45 
2nd  15 14 29 
Sociology (MA) 1st  10 8 18 
2nd  6 7 13 
LAW (MA) 1st  140 24 164
2nd  88 16 104
CELP Jan-June,16 8 8 16
July-Dec,16 9 7 16
CALP Jan-June,16 49 0 49
July-Dec,16 58 1 59
China Language 1st 31 5 36
School of Education M. Ed 1st 1466 623 2089
2nd 927 332 1259
3rd 605 223 828
B. Ed 1st 4038 1370 5408
2nd 3301 1188 4489
C. Ed 1st 0 0 0
2nd 50 26 76
3rd 78 50 128
School of Business PGDM/CIM 1st 13 1 14
2nd 57 7 64
3rd 28 4 32
MBA 1st 215 39 254
2nd 183 33 216
3rd 141 29 170
4th 132 25 157
MBA(Evening) Spring 16 1st 72 13 85
2nd 78 13 91
MBA (Evening) Summer 16 1st  48 3 51
2nd  52 10 62
3rd  73 10 83
MBA (Evening) Fall 16 1st  46 4 50
2nd  41 0 41
3rd  51 11 62
4th 74 9 83
CEMBA/CEMPA 1st 186 14 200
2nd 149 15 164
3rd 120 13 133
4th 71 8 79
BBA 1st 586 135 721
2nd 459 142 601
3rd 359 115 474
4th 230 95 325
5th 207 92 299
6th 161 52 213
7th 156 50 206
8th 197 67 264
School of Agriculture and Rural Development B.Ag.Ed 1st 1720 373 2093
2nd 1479 298 1777
3rd 1176 233 1409
4th 1087 274 1361
5th 1022 216 1238
6th 1059 206 1265
DYDW  1st (162) 48 4 52
2nd   34 41 
3rd (161) 65 10 75
CLP Jan-June,16 159 8 167
July-Dec,16 90 2 92
CPFP Jan-June,16 101 8 109
July-Dec,16 57 3 60
School of Science and Technology DCSA 1st 369 70 439
2nd 50 12 62
3rd 104 73 177
B. Sc (Honors) in Computer Science 1st year-1st 123 9 132
1st year-2nd 35 1 36
2nd year-1st 31 3 34
2nd year-2nd 26 3 29
Total Students Enrollment = 262122 171291 433413

 

The objective of the non-formal programs is to create awareness and impart knowledge about health, environment, disaster management,   basic science, agriculture, food, nutrition and other branches of knowledge for human development.

The target groups of these programs are people from all walks of life, particularly those who intend to add further to their professional knowledge and skill without attending any institution or training  centre. These programs are broadcast at fixed times through the national Television and Radio network.

So far BOU has produced 19 non-formal programs on environment, basic science, elementary mathematics, agriculture (which include irrigation, water management, horticulture, animal nutrition, pest management, use of aquatic weeds and preparation and preservation of food), bank services and marketing management, health, nutrition, population and gender issues.