The Directorate of Distance Education (formerly known as Institute of Correspondence Education) was established on 3rd March 1976 in the University of Jammu. The University of Jammu was established in 1969 vide Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act 1969 following bifurcation of the erstwhile University of Jammu and Kashmir (established in 1948). With the establishment of Directorate of Distance Education, the University of Jammu within 7 years of its establishment became a dual mode university from a conventional University.
The Directorate of Distance Education is located in the main New Campus of the University which houses the Teaching Departments, Centres, Administration Block, Examination Wing, College Development Council,....
The University of Jammu, accredited as 'A+' grade University by National Assessment & Accreditation Council of India, came into existence in 1969 vide Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act 1969 following bifurcation of the erstwhile University of Jammu and Kashmir (established in 1948).
The University of Jammu has recently been awarded 51 st rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. It has also been granted autonomy by the University Grants Commission for maintaining high academic standards and in terms of the graded autonomy, the University of Jammu has been recognized category-I university.
Apart from its main new campus at Bahu Wali Rakh, old campus and Poonch House in Jammu, the University has eleven other campuses..