Distance education is a popular choice among working professionals who wish to earn an extra degree while working. There are many popular universities in the country that are offering distance education programs in various streams. Through distances education programs, students have the flexibility of studying at their own pace and can also study on the go. They are not required to be physically present in a classroom in order to gain knowledge. This alternative saves time and money. The top universities also ensure that you are able to get access to high-quality education from the comfort of your home. The top universities offering distances education courses are:
- Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning
SCDL (Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning) is located in Pune and offers distances education courses in a variety of courses such as business management, supply chain management, banking and finance, international business and much more. The program began in 2001 and collaborates with popular companies such as Wipro, Ranbaxy, IBM, Cognizant etc. for their corporate programs. SCDL also uses all forms of imparting education – printed books, interacting with faculty and also e-learning.
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- Indira Gandhi National Open University
IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) is located in Delhi. Over 35 lakh students are enrolled in IGNOU and it is the largest open university in the world in terms of number of students. It was established in 1985 and offers a large variety of distance education courses. The courses are bachelors in education, commerce, social work, arts, engineering, business administration etc. The master’s program is available for arts, commerce, science, and computer application among others.
- Institute of Management Technology Centre for Distance Learning
IMT – CDL (Institute of Management Technology Centre for Distance Learning) is located in Ghaziabad and popular for its wide variety of courses across management and information technology. The popular courses are 2 year PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) in finance, marketing, human resource, business analytics, and operations. The one year PGDM in various streams of management is also a popular choice among students.
- Sikkim Manipal University
SMU – DE (Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Learning) offers many courses in various disciplines. All the distance education courses offered by Sikkim Manipal University are recognized by DEC (Distance Education Council). The courses offered here are mainly in the fields of information technology and management. They have a well-trained faculty that has industrial experience.