The Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), formerly known as Post Graduate Correspondence School (PGCS) was established in May 1998 with the objective to ensure the opportunity to pursue quality higher education to a large number of students who could not pursue higher education through the conventional mode of education. IDOL strives to accommodate the students who cannot enroll in the conventional system of higher education due to various factors like limited number of seats in Post Graduate classes, livelihood compulsion etc. and aims to impart quality education in an intellectually challenging learning environment.

The Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) completed 13 years of successful existence in May 2011 and aims to continue the mission of spreading and providing quality education to the students. Starting with 514 students and 6 courses in May 1998, IDOL now witnesses its growth in all capacities with an enrollment of more than fifteen thousand students and 25 programs in a learning environment equipped with latest technologies

There is no denying the fact that the coming of Barama College was the result of the untiring efforts, great zeal and tremendous self-sacrifice of toiling masses under the able leadership of Late Surendra Nath Das, the MLA of 62 Barama (ST) LAC. Then it was of Sri Satish Chandra Das, the founder principal, under whose guidance the college had received first government aid in 1978 under Deficit Grants-in-aid system and accordingly the college is now managed by a Governing Body. In the year 2005, the college was provincialized along with other188 colleges by the Govt. of Assam.