Institute of Alternative Education is a new concept in education which combines in itself the strong points of formal education and distance education. The concept is based on custom made course content to suit the convenience of the individual students based on flexi time and flexi subject combination. The Institute of Alternative Education caters to the needs of working women, women workers and those engaged in different avocations to improve their information and knowledge base with as less rigidities and constrains of formal education in regular academic institutions. The first such institute was set up in Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai as part of the innovative efforts of the Atomic Energy Education Society.