Bangladesh Open University offers  2 (two) types of programs  Formal and  Non-formal, through 6 (six) different schools. BOU already has launched 53 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 31/12/2017 in 2016-2017 Session (SSC & HSC 2017-2018 session)

 

Schools Name of the Program Year/ Semester Total Enrollment
Male Female Total
Open School SSC (Humanities) 1st (2017) 24722 16345 41067
2nd  15952 11034 26986
SSC (Science)  1st (2017) 300 153 453
2nd   144 87 231
SSC (Business Education)  1st (2017)   2872 1366 4238
2nd   1185 681 1866
 SSC Niche-1 1st  221 0 221
 2nd  151  0 151 
HSC (Humanities) 1st (2017) 43890 35508 79317
2nd 29072 18899 47971
 HSC (Science) 1st (2017)  590 194 784
 2nd 265 129 394
HSC (Business Education)   1st (2017)  3445 2084 5529 
 2nd  1829 1045 2874 
HSC
Niche-1
1st 6391 50 6441
2nd 3384 255 3639
BBS 1st 1595 453 2048
2nd 956 256 1212
3rd 404 89 493
School of Social Science Humanities and Languages BA/BSS 1st 51027 36483 87510
2nd 40436 28917 69353
3rd 24699 18536 43235
4th 24581 18418 42999
5th 10715 7491 18206
6th 10762 7470 18232
Bangla (Honors) 1st 42 20 62
2nd 33 12 45
3rd 20 18 38
4th 23 13 36
5th 16 12 28
 6th 08 09 17
7th   12 13 25
8th   12 8 20
History (Honors) 1st 45 18 63
2nd 31 13 44
3rd 24 07 31
4th 17 5 22
5th 10 06 16
6th 05 06 11
7th 10 09 19
8th 10 03 13
Islamic Studies (Honors) 1st 45 23 69
2nd 36 13 49
3rd 31 14 45
4th 26 13 39
5th 27 06 33
6th 25 04 29
7th 13 14 27
8th 12 12 24
Philosophy (Honors) 1st 43 20 63
2nd 29 09 38
3rd 18 19 37
4th 17 14 31
5th 17 01 18
6th 12 03 15
7th 13 05 18
8th 12 04 16
Political Science (Honors) 1st 54 18 72
2nd 34 11 45
3rd 22 08 30
4th 20 05 25
5th 15 06 21
6th 15 05 20
7th 36 05 32
8th 24 05 29
Sociology (Honors) 1st 36 28 64
2nd 34 17 51
3rd 18 5 23
4th 14 5 19
5th 29 6 35
6th 16 05 21
7th 16 05 21
8th 13 03 16
Law (Honors) 1st 190 15 205
2nd 139 13 152
3rd 90 16 106
4th 85 9 94
5th  54 05 59 
6th  49 06 55
7th 17 02 19
8th 10 0 10
Political Science (MA) 1st 55  13 68 
2nd 30 12 42 
Sociology (MA) 1st  47 17 64 
2nd  34 15 49 
History (MA) 1st 44 16 60
2nd 22 11 33
Philosophy (MA) 1st 46 18 64
2nd 21 13 34
Islamic Studies (MA) 1st 52 20 72
2nd 41 13 54
LLB (Evening) 3rd 76 17 93
CELP Jan-June, 17 20 6 26
July-Dec, 17 0 0 0
CALP Jan-June, 17 10 0 10
July-Dec, 17 0 0 0
China Language Jan-June, 17 32 06 38
July-Dec, 17 31 05 36
School of Education M. Ed 1st 1721 658 2379
2nd 1207 536 1743
3rd 605 223 828
B. Ed 1st 3934 1763 5697
2nd 3255 1572 4827
C. Ed 1st      
2nd      
3rd      
School of Business PGDM/CIM 1st 40 05 45
2nd 33 03 36
3rd 15 02 17
MBA 1st     0
2nd 140 33 173
3rd 62 18 80
4th 122 21 140
MBA(Evening) Spring 17 1st 63 13 76
2nd 37 04 41
3rd 37 0 37
4th 49 10 59
5th 75 08 83
MBA (Evening) Summer 17 1st 56 10 66
2nd 45 10 55
3rd 35 04 39
4th 35 00 35
5th 47 10 57
6th 63 08 71
MBA (Evening) Fall 17 1st 27 06 33
2nd 48 05 53
3rd 35 22 57
4th 46 05 51
5th 35 00 35
6th 54 09 63
CEMBA/CEMPA 1st 121  05 126 
2nd  106 10 116 
3rd  105 08 113 
4th  100 12 112 
BBA 1st 549 123 672 
2nd  337 98 435 
3rd  387 94 481 
4th  241 94 335 
5th  210 107 317 
6th  158 85 243 
7th  159 91 250 
8th  131 45 176 
School of Agriculture and Rural Development B.Ag.Ed 1st 1653 363 2016
2nd 1322 294 1616
3rd 1341 307 1648
4th 1139 230 1369
5th 1176 235 1411
6th 920 233 1153
DYDW  1st (162) 0 0 0
2nd  45 06 51
3rd (161) 17 03 20
CLP Jan-June,17  180 05 185 
July-Dec,17  228 07 235 
CPFP Jan-June,17 73 16 89 
July-Dec,17 59 05 64 
School of Science and Technology DCSA 1st 680 69 749 
2nd 401 51 452 
3rd 143 20 163 
B. Sc (Honors) in Computer Science 1st year-1st 124 15 139 
1st year-2nd 92 07 99 
2nd year-1st  71 15 86 
2nd year-2nd 20 02 22 
3rd year-1st 24 02 26
3rd year-2nd 23 02 25
4th year-1st 0 0 0
4th year-2nd 0 0 0
MDMR 1st year-1st 32 9 41
Total Students Enrollment = 326314 214419 540733

 

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.