Education is no longer limited to the classroom. While distance learning has actually been around for a long time, advancements in computers and different online technological advancements have ushered in a new era in distance learning or digital learning. In India, there are a number of distance learning universities that offer students courses through a blended mode of correspondence, online classes, classroom sessions, and assessments. Here are the top six distance learning universities in the country: Click here
1. Indira Gandhi National University
Named after our former Prime Minister, Ms. Indira Gandhi, this university has its headquarters in New Delhi. It took off way back in 1985 with the aim to provide education to people of the society who are at a disadvantage, through open and distance education mode. It has 21 schools, 67 regional centers, 2667 study centers, and 29 centers abroad. It offers 226 programs for students.
2. Yashwantrao C Maharashtra Open University
Established in the year 1989, it is the fifth university of its kind in India. The university is named after YashwantraoChavan, a great political leader in Maharashtra. The head office is in Nasik and the university has 10 regional centers, along with a network of study centers. The university offers satellite based education, and lectures are available for students as streaming videos on the Internet. Mobile learning vans reach education to the remote areas.
3. IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute
Institute of Management Technology is a business school in Ghaziabad and ranks as one of the best business schools in India. The institute is totally autonomous, offering graduate, doctoral, and executive programs in business management, apart from distance learning and collaborative education programs. The institute has four campuses, and more than 70 core faculty members. It offers nine different kinds of management programs.
4. Sikkim Manipal University
Sikkim Manipal University is an UGC-accredited, private university in Gangtok, Sikkim. It was first started in 1995. It offers courses in nursing and medicine, along with technological courses, and courses in humanities. The aim of the university is to provide opportunities in education and health care to Sikkim and other places.
5. Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning
Started in 2001, the Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning offers post graduate, certificate, and diploma programs in management and also teams up with organizations to offer corporate programs. It is an autonomous university, and is one of the largest distance learning institutes of India.
6. MP Bhoj (Open) University
The Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University came into existence in 1991 under an Act of State Assembly. Its aim is to promote higher education through distance learning. The institute offers management programs, computer science programs, basic and health sciences, humanities and social sciences, education programs, and need based programs. Click here for more detail's