The U.P.Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad, was established under Act No. 10/1999 passed by U.P.Legislature and assented to by the Governer of U.P. on March 24,1999. It is named after Bharat Ratna Rajarshi Purusottam Das Tandon ji, an illustrious son of Mother India.The University plans to provide access to higher education for large segments of population and, in particular, disadvantaged groups such as those living in remote and rural areas including working people, homemakers and other adults who wish to upgrade or acquire knowledge through studies. It will also make efforts to promote acquisition of knowledge in a rapidly developing and changing society and continually offer opportunity for upgrading knowledge, training and skills in the context or innovations, research and discovery in all fields of human endeavor.
Library:The University Library was established in 2000 with a meagre collection of 279 books. At present, the Library holds collections on different subjects of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and other developing sciences. Now, its'; collection has reached up to 41387 volumes of books and 92 learned journals besides 5 daily newspapers and 12 other periodicals.