Distance education, sometimes called e-learning, is a formalized teaching and learning system specifically designed to be carried out remotely by using electronic communication.
Distance learning is less expensive to support and is not constrained by geographic considerations. Thus, it offers opportunities in situations where traditional education has difficulty operating.
Students with scheduling or distance problems can benefit, as can employees because distance education can be more flexible in terms of time and can be delivered virtually anywhere. Students can study courses like Distance B.A., BCA, and MBA.
Top Distance Learning Institutes in India
1Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
It is a national open university established in 1985 and currently offers 227 academic programmes through 67 Regional Centres spread across the country. For admission to most of the IGNOU courses offered by the University, candidates are shortlisted for admission on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying degree. However, in case of some specific courses, the University conducts an admission test for selection of students.
- There are walk-in-admissions throughout the year for Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme and all Certificate Programmes [Except Certificate in Rural Surgery (CRS) and Certificate in Teaching of Primary School Mathematics (CTPM)]
- For Management courses, entrance tests are held twice a year, on the first Sunday of February and on the first Sunday of August
- Admission to Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) programme is done through a national level entrance test.
- A relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks is allowed to SC/ST/PD candidates.
Online Admission Schedule is as follows:
|Application Submission for M.Phil/ Ph.D courses starts||February 16, 2018|
|Application Submission for UG, PG, Diploma courses starts||August 31, 2018|
|Application Submission for Certificate courses starts||August 16, 2018|
|Online Re-registration (for July 2018 session) starts||June 30, 2018|
2Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University, Nashik
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) is an open university was established in the year 1989 by Act XX- (1989) of Maharashtra State Legislature, named after Yashwantrao Chavan, Maharashtra’s great political leader and builder of modern Maharashtra. It is fifth open university in India. The university provides the variety of UG and PG courses in multiple disciplines.
Minimum Eligibility: Any candidate who wishes to pursue a course at the university should have passing marks in class X, XII and Graduation except MBA in which the minimum percentage required is 45% in Graduation (40% for reserved category students).
Admission Process: YCMOU grants admission to candidates on the basis of merit earned in previous qualifying exam in all the courses, except MBA. Candidates applying for MBA course will have to appear in a written test conducted by the university.
3Institute of Management Technology Centre for Distance Learning (IMT-CDL)
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMTG) is India’s premier AACSB accredited management school and IMT Centre for Distance Learning is an initiative by IMTG to provide Premium Management Qualifications via Distance Education to those who are unable to attend classroom programmes at the college.
|Post Graduate Diploma in Management||2 years||1,10,000|
|Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive)||15 months (can also be completed in 30 months)||65,000|
|Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM)||1 year||55,000|
|Certificate in AI & Machine Learning||3 months||40,000|
|Post Graduate Diploma in Management||Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU).|
|Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive)||Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) with a full-time work experience after Graduation.|
|Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM)||Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU).|
|Certificate in AI & Machine Learning||Graduate in any discipline with minimum 50% marks.|
4Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education, Gangtok
Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) is a Private University located in East Sikkim, Sikkim and was established in the year 1992. The University is approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
Another popular university like SMU which offers distance education courses is ICFAI University. Its distance MBA program by ICFAI is one of the most reputed distance MBA courses in India.
Admissions to Sikkim Manipal University Courses will be done on the basis of Entrance Exams conducted by SMU while for most of them, scores obtained in external Entrance Exams will be considered.
Courses and Eligibility:
|BS (Engg.)/ Integrated M.Sc./ B.Sc. (Nursing)/ BPT/ BMLT||10+2 (Science Stream) with 50% marks in aggregate||Merit Based|
|MCA/ M.Sc. (IT)||10+2 (Science Stream) with 50% marks in aggregate||Scores obtained in Entrance Test conducted by SMU|
|MBA||Bachelor’s Degree with 50% marks in aggregate||CAT/ MAT/ SMU Entrance Exam score followed by GD & PI|