The principal objectives of the Correspondence Courses as introduced by the University of Burdwan are:To provide, subject to fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria and other requirements as may be prescribed by the University from time to time, wider access to higher education to persons of all ages and sex residing in any part of the country - particularly to working persons - who, for different reasons, cannot undergo the higher courses of studies as regular full-time students of the University. To provide a system of student-centred self-paced learning which will neither be entirely separate from nor wholly independent of the formal, full-time campus system of education as traditionally followed in University departments of studies. To provide means of improvement / upgradation of professional skills and competence of individuals who enjoy to take education as a life-long activity. To ensure, as far as feasible, appropriate value addition to career prospect of the studies in the context of prevailing market opportunities.
Keeping all these objectives in view 6(six) Postgraduate Courses leading to M.A. / M.Com. Degrees were offered, for the first time in the State, through Correspondence Mode in 1994 for the academic session 1993-95 in accordance with the Act, Statutes, Ordinances, Rules and Regulations of the University and with the approval of the Government of West Bengal. Since July 2006, the Correspondence Mode has been changed to Distance Education Mode under the advice and guidance of the UGC and the Distance Education Council. At present, nine post graduate courses (general stream), two post graduate professional courses and four under graduate professional courses are being offered through distance mode.