The Institute of Distance Education (IDE),
University of Madras was started in the year 1981. It is now a dominant
presence in the field of distance education in South India. The IDE,
known earlier as ICE, has offered courses in the distance mode and in
the Open University System. The system has been a boon to those who were
unable to complete their schooling, housewives, working professionals
and government servants in the conventional mode.