In India, distance education is the most sought-after choice for students and working professionals who want to add an edge in their career. It is apt for students who cannot opt for regular classroom mode of education due to numerous factors. In this post, we will discuss universities to help students looking for upgrading their skills and qualifications. We have come up with top 10 distance education universities in India.
The given is based on the infrastructure, reach, pedagogy, diversity of the institutions in providing distance education.
Indira Gandhi National Open University
Serving educational aspirations for over 3 million students, 29 overseas partners, 21 schools, and a broad network of 67 regional centres The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) holds the first rank among the top 10 distance learning university in India. Established in 1985 IGNOU needs no introduction. With 228 certificates program from degree to a doctorate, nearly 810 faculty members and about 33,212 academic counselors IGNOU holds the largest and the widest network offering high-quality teaching services through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.
Established in 1979, Annamalai University the Directorate of Distance Education now offers more than 500 programs of study under the Regular Stream. They have various vocational programs under distance education streams like Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Yoga, Commonwealth to name a few. All programs offered are approved by UGC and Distance Education Council, New Delhi.
Amity University holds the 3rd position in our list. It is highly digitalized and covers all the fields of Engineering to Nanotechnology. With 45,000 students, 22 campuses, 133 certified programs, and 70 world class organizations; it is one of the leading quality education providers in the country. Lately, Amity has taken a step to provide online learning through Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education to add value to individuals and organizations by providing the competitive edge. It has established a good name at international level by opening its campuses in UAE, UK etc.
Sikkim Manipal University
The Sikkim Manipal University founded in 1995 has endured the forefront of medical education. The group was initiated by Padamshree awardee Dr. Tonse Madhav Ananth Pai, banker, doctor, educationist and philanthropist by his futuristic vision which transformed the destiny of students and professionals worldwide. Manipal is the hub of 57 institutes and embodies the role of private sector in higher education plus public-private participation in the healthcare sector.
Manipal Group comprises of five universities.
Sikkim Manipal has over 2,00,000 students, 3,00,000 Graduates, the group offers 195 courses across 14 streams and has registered students from 51 countries. The Manipal group has 11 hospitals in India & abroad, with 26 professional colleges and 11 campuses: 5 in India and 5 overseas.
Suresh Gyan Vihar University (SGVU) is a non-profit self-governing research university situated in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. In 2017, the university became the first private university in Rajasthan to be bestowed an ‘A’ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The University was recognized by the Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur Act of the Government of Rajasthan in 2008, and its predecessor Institute, Gyan Vihar College, Jaipur, had been into existence since 1999. Its parent institution Sahitya Sadawart Samiti was established in 1938.
Suresh Gyan Vihar University has a separate Distance Education Department (SGVU-DE) which was recognized in the year 2012 to support the learners who could not pursue the regular colleges for higher education for any reasons. Today owing to the quality of distance education programs offered and the degree awarded on par with the regular mode. There is a great response for the programs offered by Suresh Gyan Vihar University – Distance Education (SGVU-DE) around the nation. SGVU-DE offers 5 programs in UG & PG stream viz., BBA, BCA, PGDCA, MBA, and MCA.
The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) established in 1984 as a non-profit society with a potent objective of empowering masses through top quality education. ICFAI has an exemplary track record in the field of quality education from three decades consistently and has been very well recognized in the industry for Financial courses. It is UGC & DEB recognized and also a member of Association of Common wealth Universities, LONDON & Association of INDIAN universities.
The institute launched the first innovative professional certification program in Financial Analysis in 1985. The program was aimed at assisting aspirants with cutting-edge knowledge in the field of finance.
ICFAI group has made a momentous mark in the field of education with a Pan-Indian network association. Since inception innovation has been the foundation of ICFAI group and it is predominant in its culture and programs. In 1995, ICFAI took a leap of faith and started its chain of business schools known as IBS all over India. Ever since its commencement, IBS has been ranked consistently among top ranked business schools in India. It is known for providing exceptional education from academic delivery to infrastructure transforming learners into leaders for the future.
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Distance Learning)
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) approved by UGC DEB is a fastest developing distance learning institute in the country. With a pioneering blend of investment in technology, value-added services to students, focus on fineness in academic delivery and industry leading instructional methodology.
NMIMS bagged Top Distance Learning Institute of India for excellence in management education for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014. With over 200+ faculty members, digital mode of learning, constant student support via. Chat, emails and calls, flexible lecture timings is famous among students. And last but not the least it’s corporate acceptance. It is associated with top-notch companies like Indigo Airlines, American Express, and Accenture to name a few.
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
Established in 2001, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) has made prompt developments in providing quality education to students across India. It is one of the leading and most coveted distance learning institutes of India. SCDL is highly digitalized and innovative in their concepts like “Blended learning”, highly interactive e-learning content, virtual classroom facilities, with online faculty chat & query session, a dedicated call centre plus “e-communication centre” to name a few for prompt and efficient guidance to students.
University of Delhi
Established in 1922 The University of Delhi is the leading university of the country revered for its supreme standards in teaching and research. The President of India is the Visitor, the Vice President is the Chancellor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India is the Pro-Chancellor of the University.
IMT Centre for Distance Learning
IMT CDL; located in lush green 6-acre campus is a world-class infrastructure comprising of a fully digitalized Wi-Fi campus, well-equipped classrooms, a modern auditorium and a well-stocked library.
Its PGDM program is very well recognized by the industry and they have various corporate tie-ups where big organizations offer their courses to their employees so that the employees can gain knowledge which could be used for future growth of the organization.