Distance education is a system wherein teachers and learners need not necessarily be present either at same place or same time.
In the current scenario, the distance education has been one of the most popular and preferred choice among the students.Distance learning is flexible in regard to modalities and timing of teaching and learning.The distance education learning system aims at imparting education to students, who are able to pursue education on regular basis.
Here is list of top 5 Distance Education universities in India
# 1. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
The Indira Gandhi National Open University was established in 1985, the largest and most popular distance education university in India. IGNOU. IGNOU, a national university has its headquarters in New Delhi, India.
The University offers 130 academic programmes in certificate, diploma, degree (Bachelors, Masters & Doctoral) levels . It serves the educational aspirations of about 1.5 million students in India and 35 countries abroad through 11 Schools of Studies and an elaborate network of 58 regional centres, 7 sub- regional centres, 1400 study centres, and 41 overseas centres.
The university is accorded with the top place among the distance education universities.
For more information, visit the The Indira Gandhi National Open University website.
# 2. Annamalai University
The Annamalai University founded in the year 1979, is located in Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu.
The Directorate of Distance Education established in 1979, offers more than five hundred and one different programmes of study. It has also the unique distinction of offering first in India, Postgraduate Degree Programmes in Applied Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bioinformatics and Law through Distance Education mode.
The university is also offering the Programmes on Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Hotel Management and Catering Technology Programmes, Retail Management, Twinning Programme, Programmes on Health Science, Commonwealth Youth Programme, Yoga, Music, Fire and Safety, Pharmaceutical and Taxation Programmes.
For more information, visit the Annamalai University website.
# 3. The Sikkim Manipal University
The Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences, located in Gangtok, Sikkim was established in the year 2001.
The university is known for imparting education in wide range of distance education programmes in Masters, Bachelors, Diploma and PG Diploma levels in various disciplines like Information Technology, Management studies, Allied Health Science and Health Care services.
Sikkim Manipal University of Distance Education (SMU-DE) is the result of a unique partnership between the Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education. The University has a student community with over four lakh students on rolls across India.
For more information, visit the Sikkim Manipal University website.
# 4. Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) has, since its inception in 2001, is providing quality education to thousands of students in India and abroad.
Student strength of SCDL crossed one lakh across 48 countries including India, US, UK, Middle East, Russia, Germany, Singapore, Japan and many more - making it one of the few large and most sought after distance learning institutes of India.
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) offers Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma and Certificate programmes across industry sectors including Business Management, International Business, Information Technology, Banking and Finance, Supply Chain Management, Customer Relationship Management, Insurance Management, Education Management, Business and Corporate Law and Entrepreneurship Development.
For more information on, visit the Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning website.
# 5. Punjab Technical University (PTU)
Punjab Technical university is a state government university established in 1997. The university is known for the advancement of technical education is imparting the education through distance learning and regular mode of education.
University certified more than 380 engineering and architecture, management and hotel management and pharmacy colleges. The university constitutes more than 2,000 learning institutes under distance education system.
For more information, visit the Punjab Technical University website.