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Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education Programme: Ranked Best Distance Learning Institute in India in terms of Results & Efficiency

posted Aug 12, 2010, 2:20 PM by BScIT Student   [ updated Aug 12, 2010, 2:36 PM ]

The results are out and Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) programme has been voted the Best Distance Learning Institute in India in terms of Results & Efficiency. It is the only institute in the top3 that is not an open university. What’s more, SMU-DE has been ranked no.1 in terms of results & efficiency and rank 2 in learning & experience, which are the two most important parameters for every student. 

Careers360 magazine from the Outlook Group has conducted the first ever objective ranking of 30 leading distance learning institutions across India based on qualitative and quantitative parameters. The results validate Sikkim Manipal University’s constant endeavor to make quality education accessible to everyone keeping in mind both industry and student needs.

The ranking was determined after examining 30 top Distance Learning institutions across three broad domains namely Reach & Resources, Learning & Experience and Results & Efficiency. Nimesh Chandra, Head of Research of Careers360 had spearheaded the exercise collating data on all existing distance learning institutions, visiting select universities, study centers and interview with stake holders (link to methodology scan/ image).


There are 249 Open and Distance Learning Institutes in India out of which 176 institutes are currently offering Distance Education Programmes. Careers360 shortlisted 50 institutions based on student enrollment data. Careers360 then sent letters to these institutions with a questionnaire. Additional data was also taken from the Distance Education Council (DEC). Based on the responses received from these institutes, final 30 were chosen for ranking processes. These then were subjected to a thorough research that included visits by the research team of Careers360 magazine, focus on infrastructure and diversity of the institutions, and its reach. The whole research process emphasized on quality of resources, delivery mechanisms and output focusing on the performance of the institute in helping the trained student getting a better career prospect. 


Scoring a sum total of 616 points, Sikkim Manipal University is ranked 3 overall in the list of the best distance learning institutions across the country. Importantly SMU-DE’s methods towards efficiency of teaching and interactive learning have earned it rank 1 and 2 respectively. Teaching efficiency is a must in distance learning as this mode focuses on self learning. Hence getting the right message across from the faculty to the student is vital. Similarly interactive learning has by far been considered as a major hindrance in distance education when compared with regular colleges. Institutes like Sikkim Manipal University has successfully negated this drawback thereby increasing industry acceptance of distance education and making the learning experience a more enjoyable one. SMU-DE also found special mention in the article with regards to Public Private Partnership model that works. SMU-DE has always believed and delivered courses that are in sync with the needs of the industry making sure that the student gets a degree that will facilitate his career growth. Students at SMU-DE don’t just get an higher education, they get a degree that works!

Established in 1995, Sikkim Manipal University is a public-private partnership between the Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education. With a student strength of nearly 1,77,000, the institute offers distance education across 11 broad disciplines aided by 65 core faculty members and over 6,500 mentors. The disciplines include Information Technology, Management, Hospitality Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Apparel & Fashion Designing, Allied Health Sciences, Telecom, Commerce and Fire & Safety. 


Making it easy for students to learn faster is the multi award winning learning system EduNxt. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies beforehand. Moreover it allows students time to work and earn while they study thereby gaining crucial industry related experience as well as being self reliant financially. For students eager to study in a classroom environment there are more than 725 University authorized Learning Centers across 310 cities that have their own certified faculty and counselors ready to help students at all times. 

The findings of the research have once again put the focus back on SMU-DE as being the undisputed leader in teaching efficiently. From here on we strive to make the experience and value of studying at SMU-DE even better and it’s now our aim to come at rank 1 across all categories. Students at SMU-DE don’t just get an higher education, they get a degree that works!


For more information visit:

http://www.smude.edu.in/ABOUTUS/Pages/DistanceEducationranking.aspx 

MBA Banking & Finance: A Degree That Works

posted Jul 28, 2010, 1:42 PM by BScIT Student

Ushering a practical approach to education that is in sync with the needs of the corporate world, Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE) launches a new course; MBA in Banking & Finance. Open to employees from the banking or finance industry with a minimum of 3 years work experience, this 4 semester course is structured to nurture managers out of them. 

The Banking & Finance industry has undergone a host of changes and the emphasis now lies on hiring trained professionals who can seamlessly integrate into the daily working of the bank. The challenge is to find out such trained professionals since the demand is lot more than supply. The Indian banking sector has been growing at a pace of 7% since the start of this decade. Growth forecasts predict that by the end of 2014, the Indian banking and finance industry will need a minimum of 1.7 million managerial people while the current available workforce is only around 1 million. A deficit of 0.7 million.

Keeping in view the lack of managerial talent, Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education offers this course to hone and deliver professionals who can fill in this gap. The SMU-DE MBA programme in Banking & Finance provides students a chance to upgrade their skill sets and make them potential managers of the future. Students will be trained and familiarized with the latest tools in banking, policies, products and culture so that they build an immediate applicable knowledge base. It is a chance for the employees to take their career to the next level. To assist students further is a strong faculty base of the largest network of industry practitioners who know banking and finance from ground up.

The entire curriculum has been created and endorsed by professionals from the industry. Since it involves working professionals the course has been structured to not hamper their daily work schedule. Making this possible and easy is the multi award winning learning system EduNxt which allows students to study according to their needs. This virtual learning platform is available for all MBA B&F students over the Internet. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals. Mock tests, videos, presentations and case studies are updated real time on this platform helping students to stay in sync with the industry. All this at one’s own time and pace thereby providing students ample time to plan and schedule their studies.

Manipal Education (ME) has already tied up with ICICI Bank for ICICI Manipal Academy of Banking and Insurance (IMA) to train selected personnel from ICICI bank and make them industry ready. Presently around 3000 SMU-DE students/alumni are working for the best banks in the country like ICICI, HDFC, ING Vysya, Citi Bank and Deutsche Bank. The course consists of significant amount of corporate interactions and workshops have been planned all across India with top ranking banking officials.

Enrol today into SMU-DE to give your future the boost it deserves. Get a degree that really works in real world.

Sikkim Manipal University Launches MBA in Banking & Finance

posted Jul 13, 2010, 3:54 AM by BScIT Student

Banking & Finance is a much sought after field in the industry today. It is perhaps the only field to have got a shot in the arm due to recession owing to shortfall in managerial talent. Close to 5lac banking professionals are going to retire in the next five years, which accounts for 50% of the total work force. Add to that the rapid expansion plans of Banks within the country to service a growing work-force and you have about 2 lacs vacancies in this year itself.

That is the reason why SMU-DE has introduced the MBA in Banking & Finance. The 4-semester course will cater to working professionals in banks who would want to position themselves at par with fresh MBAs who would typically join the banking sector as assistant mangers and above. The course syllabus has been created by industry based professionals and SMU-DE faculty, taking cues from market demands of the banking sector. The degree will provide flexibility to upgrade skills across space and time by embracing technology.

The Indian Banking sector has seen an exponential growth since 1991 primarily due to liberalisation, granting license to small private banks and the entry of big private banks into the market. The banking sector is growing at a pace of CAGR of 7% since the year 2000. Even with this robust growth rate, the penetration of banking services stands at a measly 35% in India, which is much lesser as compared to other countries. On the backdrop of such low penetration levels, the Indian Banking sector has a significant potential for growth.

SMU-DE is geared to create trained professionals who will stand up to this demand and meet the challenges going forward. With faculty boasting more than 15 years of industry experience and industry experts for interaction on a weekly basis, the course focuses on all aspects of Banking & Finance and has a high dependency on imbibing skill sets with emphasis on statistical techniques, risk management procedures, communication strategies and financial planning.

Candidates pursuing this course can start from the level of Assistant Managers. A quick recon of current SMU-DE students throws up each and every public and private bank in the country. SMU-DE students are employed across various functions within banks, including audit managers, centre heads at Cooperative banks, Economic Analysts, heading banking operations and so on. Adding on crucial work experience while they learn opens up further opportunities not just in the country but abroad as well.

For more information just visit MBA in Banking and Finance or call 1800 266 7979 toll free.

SMUDE Alumni Portal: Where the World Meets to Interact and Share

posted Jun 8, 2010, 12:13 PM by BScIT Student

The applications and benefits of the Alumni portal of Sikkim Manipal University

The all new Alumni portal of Sikkim Manipal University for Distance Education is barely a few weeks old but is already buzzing with activity. In sync with SMUDE’s reputation of being a path breaker in technological excellence, this all new portal extends the boundaries of interactivity and collaboration. With a vision of being every alumnus’s delight, the portal with its features has managed to surpass all expectations.

It started as an ambitious plan to bring onto a common platform for the 3 lakh students that have passed out from SMUDE. These students have achieved huge success in their life and are currently working for some of the best companies in India and abroad. The SMU-DE Alumni portal aims to bring all SMU-DE students under one roof. It gives one the perfect forum to interact and share with other alumnus.

The alumni section provides you with a sea of options. You can contribute with articles, look for counseling options and request for a guest lecture. You can collaborate with alumni chapters, post jobs, search for jobs and share your success story. You can even refer a friend, locate a friend, view the gallery or directly contact us. You can learn through reading articles, looking up at the events section or catch up on the latest news about SMU-DE.

The three most famous sections of the portal are the ‘Download’, ‘Featured Alumni’ and the ‘Job Listing’ pages. The ‘Download’ section contains SMU-DE ads and wallpapers that can be downloaded easily and used as screensavers for mobile phones and computers. The ‘Featured Alumni’ pages display all the alumni members on the portal along with details such as their name, picture, course and the year of passing from SMU-DE. This in turn helps you to locate your batch mates very easily or make new friends. Under ‘Job Listing’ page you will get all the jobs that are currently available across different industries.

Based on the core principles of Collaborate, Contribute, Mingle and Learn, the alumni portal is living up to all of these and more. Behind all the success lies the true contributor ‘YOU’.

To access the alumni portal all you have to do is put forth a request (http://www.smude.edu.in/AlumniPreLogin/Pages/AlumniRegistration.aspx) and our Alumni cell after validating a few details will approve your request and send you a confirmation mail.

New Face of Education --- Your Time, Your Space

posted Jun 8, 2010, 12:11 PM by BScIT Student

Gone are the days when one needed to sit in a class at an institute for long hours, listening to a million words that seemed monotonous or those instances when one needed to study at a given time no matter what even though the mind never really wanted to cram all the pages lying in front. Today is a new age where individual freedom and preferences matter the most for each and every one of us.

It’s the age where practical knowledge is valued much more than simple theory. An age here you have the choice to do what you want more so in the field of education. Thanks to the advent of Distance Education and premier institutions in this field like the Sikkim Manipal University who value students choice more than anything else, the field of education in India has turned better. But is it not the same Distance Education mode which until a decade back critics and experts alike, scorned at or were ever so ready to give it a thumbs down? Surprisingly it’s the same critics who have had to change their opinions due to the lack of a future vision on their part in this field. Today as our country with more than half of its population in the age bracket of 20-30 years strives hard to increase literacy levels, the HRD (Human Resource Development) ministry accepts the huge role of Distance Education towards making India literate. How did it all happen?

Firstly, Distance Education is not the same as it was a decade back. It has changed immensely thanks mainly to the positive efforts of many dedicated institutions like Manipal. Secondly, these institutions filled the gap between teachers and students which regular colleges left wide open mostly due to complacency on their part. Let’s take Sikkim Manipal University (SMU-DE, www.smude.edu.in) as an example since its country’s foremost Distance Education provider and possibly the best with more than 3 lakh students on its rolls.

SMU-DE is UGC recognised and is also a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Close to 40 programs are on offer currently, ranging from diploma to graduate and also post graduate courses. Most importantly all the courses are based heavily on technical and practical knowledge with grounding on theory thus covering all aspects needed in today’s corporate setting. But what SMU-DE has done most commendable is in ensuring that quality does not suffer in distance education mode. SMU-DEhas developed EduNxt, the next generation online learning platform. This state of the art system available to all SMU-DE students allows for online discussion with faculty for course related doubts, industry professionals for job openings and careers, counselling, video presentations of lectures and an online library with over 1 million books. As a result of these features it has also won 2 awards in the ICT category making SMU-DE ‘ICT enabled university of the year’. All of this a student can access from anywhere and at any time. Add to that over 700 SMU-DE authorised Learning Centres across the country that make sure students get all the practical training needed based on each course. And of course the options of e-mail and online video chatting are also available.

All this adds up to a huge advantage for students. Courses that are better with more practical expertise, you get a UGC recognized degree; can study even while working from anywhere plus the reputation that SMU-DE enjoys in the industry. It’s no wonder then that Distance Education mode is becoming more popular by the day and career wise it only increases one’s prospects. While it’s near impossible to go to a regular college and work at the same time, here you can do both without any hassles thus always staying ahead than a regular college attendee since you have the work experience.

With technology and educational tools getting merged seamlessly, it’s only a matter of time before the Distance Education mode takes over regular colleges in terms of their acceptance amongst students. It will be only apt when that happens. After all students are the future of a country and they need to be career ready and not just book worms.

ibuzzup recommends Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education website as the most informative site in distance learning

posted May 25, 2010, 12:03 PM by BScIT Student   [ updated May 25, 2010, 12:06 PM ]

As itself says like this, the Sikkim Manipal University is the directorate of distance education. As the communication in this world becomes more and more convenient and easier, distance education would be no longer a hard thing to achieve for best effects. And more and more student prefers this kind of new-concept education method than the traditional ones. If you are interested in this form of education, and want to know more about how the Sikkim Manipal University will handle the distance education, I want to recommend you to pay a visit to the official website of the Sikkim Manipal University-distance education at www.smude.edu.in. SMU-DE is a UGC, recognized university with our legendary leg spinner Anil Kumble as their brand ambassador! The courses offered are recognized by DEC.

In the homepage, you can access some of the latest releases and the most essential parts of the Sikkim Manipal University-Distance learning. The central part of the homepage would show you a slideshow in which some of the most important programs and educational conclusions have been given out. And then, moving to the lower part, there are the pieces of information that the students and potential students care most. These are information on top courses, student corner, and online application, etc. For the most rated top courses, there are MBA, MCA, Fashion Design, and other courses. If you are interested in any of these courses, just click it to see the details and even the video demos are available for all the visitors to experience the real classes for a while.And then moving to the lower part, you will find another two parts in the homepage. They are the abstracts for news and alerts and announcements. These are the best places for you to know the latest information and big events that have taken place in Sikkim Manipal University.

On the left side of the home page you have the option to clarify or ask any of your doubts pertaining to SMU-DE either through a live chat or by calling the toll free number 1800 266 7979.

At the right side of the homepage, there is the application form. After finishing the blank fillings in this form, you would finish the application to know more about Sikkim Manipal University through emails. For this, even if you don’t come to this website, it is always available for you to know all that happens in this university. When you move back to the upper side of the homepage, you can find several sections including Recognitions, Discipline, FAQs, Downloads, Employer Testimonials where employers have given their views on the Manipal students they have hired over the years, Students Speak where students give their views and share their experiences and Opinions. Another series of the sections including Domestic Admissions, International Admissions, Placements, Alumni, About Us, EduNxt and Learning Centers. Under Programmes when you click on the course of your choice you can also visit and find out how the course if going to help you career wise. Plus you can see and know your faculty before you even start the course as each course and the faculty is mentioned on the page in a clear and concise manner.

The website visiting part will definitely not be complete without meeting Eddie, the mascot of EduNxt. EduNxt is a path breaking Internet based learning platform developed by Sikkim Manipal University. This revolutionary learning tool blends technology and learning to give students real classroom experience. Students can log on to EduNxt and view classes and lectures, chat with faculty, avail counselling, talk to industry mentors and also make use of all the placement guidance. All of this can be done from anywhere and at anytime since everything is via the World Wide Web.

I guess if you are planning to continue further study through the popular distance learningmode nowadays then Sikkim Manipal University would be the best choice. And the best part is one can study even while working.

Attention:  Some sections of this blog are referred from www.ibuzzup.com


Distance education – Promotes lifelong learning

posted May 12, 2010, 7:46 AM by BScIT Student

In a globalised society like that of today, the need for quality based higher education has been on a constant rise. As companies become more competitive in a changing world scenario and new fields emerge, the demand for qualified professionals increase exponentially. This case becomes even more important for a developing country like India where government policies are aimed at attracting more and more corporate firms. However higher education has been able to reach only 19% of our population. Blame it on family obligation or other external factors, the bare minimal figures inflict much pain since more than half of India’s population is based in the age bracket of 18-35 years. In this regard Distance Learning has been able to come in and bridge much of the gap in reaching out to the population not touched by regular institutions.

Sikkim Manipal University of Distance Education (SMU-DE) has been one of the leaders in this segment having already touched the lives of more than 3 lakh students, thereby allowing them to further their career prospects. A sizeable number of the students have been able to successfully complete the course while they were working or even sitting at home taking care of their families. Such has been the influence of Distance Learningthat HRD Ministry of India now accepts that Distance Learningwill have a major influence to play in increasing India’s population of educated and trained professionals in the years to come. Popularity of Distance Learningalso depends on its innate advantages especially the fact that it promotes lifelong learning.

Distance Learningoffers one the advantage to study from a place of his choice at his own time unlike regular institutions. Housewives, working people, students or doctors can all avail the courses provided they have the motivation to study further. The added benefit is they can do so without having to change their daily life schedule at all. Since Distance Education mode emphasizes most onself learning, it naturally inculcates learning values for life. Research has shown that most individuals who have done Distance Education have got better as time passes thanks to their already existing habit of self learning. What starts as a necessity in this mode of education changes to a lifelong learning habit ensuring unlimited success in the life ahead.

Soon the habit of self learning encompasses all walks of life and results in a holistic development of the individual. For the person then, there is only one way in life and that is the path forward.

 

About Manipal Education

Manipal Education is a pioneering and leading academic & education services provider in India. With over 50 years of existence in the field of Education, the group provides education services across all genres. The group’s presence includes 3 universities - Manipal University, Sikkim Manipal University, and American University of Antigua - and over 30 institutions in India, besides colleges & campuses in Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia & Nepal.

Sikkim Manipal University is a unique public-private initiative between the Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education. SMU, a state University, is recognized by the UGC, Ministry of HRD and is a member of the Associations of Indian Universities. The Distance Education Council has granted recognition to all Distance Education programs offered under the aegis of SMU (Sikkim Manipal University). The SMU Directorate of Distance Education is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

SMU-DE programs are recognised by DEC for three academic years 2009-10 to 2011-12. The courses include Master in Business Administration (MBA) , PG Diploma in Business Administration, PG Diploma in specialization areas of Management, Bachelor of Computer Applications, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Computer Applications, Master of Science in Computer Science, PG Diploma in Computer Applications, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master in Business Administration in Health Care Services, Master of Science in Clinical Research & Regulatory Authorities, PG Diploma in Clinical Research & Regulatory Authorities and Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication.

SMU-DE has also launched the pioneering next generation learning system called the EduNxt. Through EduNxt, one can access virtual classrooms, chat with faculty, counselling, placements, peer to peer interaction, personalised guidance from faculty and industry experts, model question papers and log in to over 1 million books and journals. EduNxt has not just made the quality of distance education better but has also led to a higher acceptance amongst employers.

Dispatching education round the clock through more than 700 SMU-DE authorised Learning Centres based across 247 districts in 303 towns, learning has never been easier. In addition to formal university programmes delivered through 5 campuses in India & 4 overseas.SMU-DE is recognised & appreciated by students for its efficient processes like – prompt delivery of study materials to students, EduNxt initiative, conduct of scheduled examinations, on-time declaration of results & swift dispatch of certificates & degrees.

For  further  information  just  visit:- http://www.smude.edu.in/Programs/Management/Programmes/PostGraduate/Pages/MasterofBusinessAdministrationMBA.aspx  or call 1800 266 7979 toll free. You can log on to the site and find more such articles that explain in easy steps how to get into SMU-DE.

 

SMU-DE launches Alumni Counselling

posted May 5, 2010, 12:16 PM by BScIT Student   [ updated May 5, 2010, 12:19 PM ]

Ever wished you could consult SMU-DE alumni for fair and sincere advice on SMU-DE courses? Look no further!

SMU-DE (Sikkim Manipal University’s Distance Education (SMU-DE) programme) launches its Alumni Section so that all your questions on education, skills and career can be answered by SMU-DE alumni to the best of their ability.

To know more, log on to http://www.smude.edu.in/AlumniPreLogin/Pages/Counselling.aspx to directly visit the Alumni Section on our website.


How to –

  • Visit : www.smude.edu.in
  • Click on the Alumni button.
  • And then on the counselling section.

Distance Learning The EduNxt Way

posted May 5, 2010, 12:14 PM by BScIT Student

Breakthroughs in technology each year has revolutionized the way the world has been moving forward. But when it came to higher education the same has been found to be lacking. With millions still being illiterate not just in India but across the world, a path breaking initiative was needed to incorporate technology and education in a way that would make education more accessible breaking down the barriers of time and space. Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) did just that in May 2009 with EduNxt. Launched by Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft Corp. USA and Anand Sudarshan, CEO Manipal Education, EduNxt is the next generation learning system that integrates modern technology and teaching techniques.

Supporting a high level of interactivity, EduNxt is a Internet based learning platform. Through EduNxt, one can access virtual classrooms, chat with faculty, counselling, placements, peer to peer interaction, personalised guidance from faculty and industry experts, model question papers and log in to over 1 million books and journals. EduNxt has not just made the quality of  distance education better but has also led to a higher acceptance amongst employers.

EduNxt supports all the courses offered by SMU-DE. The courses include Master in Business Administration, PG Diploma in Business Administration, PG Diploma in specialization areas of Management, Bachelor of Computer Applications, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Computer Applications, Master of Science in Computer Science, PG Diploma in Computer Applications, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master in Business Administration in Health Care Services, Master of Science in Clinical Research & Regulatory Authorities, PG Diploma in Clinical Research & Regulatory Authorities and Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication.

EduNxt represents a whole new era in distance education whereby students can acess a classroom at any point of time from any place. In the first year itself, EduNxt achieved a penetration of 45% of the 3 lakh plus student base. The site has been regularly accessed from over 90 cities across India and 79 countries world wide.


About Manipal Education

Manipal Education is a pioneering and leading academic & education services provider in India. With over 50 years in the field of Education, the group provides education services across all genres. The group’s presence includes 3 universities - Manipal University, Sikkim Manipal University, and American University of Antigua - and over 30 institutions in India, besides colleges & campuses in Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia & Nepal.

Sikkim Manipal University is a unique public-private initiative between the Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education. SMU, a state University, is recognized by the UGC, Ministry of HRD and is a member of the Associations of Indian Universities. The Distance Education Council has granted recognition to all Distance Education programs offered under the aegis of SMU (Sikkim Manipal University). The SMU Directorate of Distance Education is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

SMU-DE programs are recognised by DEC for three academic years 2009-10 to 2011-12. Dispatching education round the clock through more than 700 Learning Centres based across 247 districts in 303 towns, learning has never been easier. In addition to formal university programmes delivered through 5 campuses in India & 4 overseas, Manipal Education also offers Distance Education, Professional & Skills Education across multiple genres.

SMU-DE is recognised & appreciated by students for its efficient processes like – prompt delivery of study materials to students, EduNxt initiative, conduct of scheduled examinations, on-time declaration of results & swift dispatch of certificates & degrees. Our students number more than 3,00,000 across 52 countries points to the success of our program.

For further information just visit www.smude.edu.in or call 1800 266 7979 toll free. You can log on to the site and find more such articles that explain in easy steps how to get into SMU-DE.

Bharat Vs India: The Great Divide

posted Apr 30, 2010, 2:50 AM by BScIT Student

The ongoing initiative by Sikkim Manipal University's Distance Education of making “Bharat to New India”.

Over the years a part of the country has seen unparalleled growth across different parameters. This is the new India that has left behind the other part of the country often referred to as Bharat. A level where higher education is yet to reach and tap some of the budding talents that lies therein. 70% of the country’s population resides in Bharat where higher education still remains a distant dream. How do we make Bharat the new India? The answer is affordable and easily accessible higher education.

There are 21,000 institutes for higher education in India, the highest in the world. The gross enrolment ratio for higher education stands at about a mere 10%, one of the lowest rates in the world when it comes to people signing up for higher education. Many factors contribute to such a skewed ratio. Reasons such as low quality of education offered, lack of industry related teaching methods, abnormally high fees and a basic lack of information are the main culprits. Add to this the lack of good quality higher education, lack of teachers to take care of individual students (1 teacher for every 26 students) and rigid timings of such places that do not allow someone to study while they work and earn. But times have changed now. Sikkim Manipal University gives you the best choice to avail higher education from anywhere while you work and earn.

Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE) offers Post Graduate, Graduate, Post Graduate Diploma and Diploma programs across 10 disciplines mentored by the best of faculty and industry experts. The disciplines include Allied Health Sciences, IT, Mass Communication & Journalism, Biotechnology, Apparel & Fashion Designing, Hospitality, Telecom Technology, Commerce and Management. In addition, SMU-DE has recently launched new and advanced specializations in Total Quality Management, Operations Management and Project Management for its MBA program.

The entire education pattern at SMU-DE is totally based on student choices keeping in mind all the difficulties that Bharat faces so that they can be overcome permanently. Regular appraisal of course structure, individual attention to students, timely delivery of course materials, experts from the industry for guidance, placements and counselling are some of the highlights.

It is time for Bharat not to lag behind but merge with India and our aim at SMU-DE is to give that chance to all students without any barriers. 


About Manipal Education

Manipal Education is a pioneering and leading academic & education services provider in India. With over 50 years in the field of Education, the group provides education services across all genres. The group’s presence includes 3 universities - Manipal University, Sikkim Manipal University, and American University of Antigua - and over 30 institutions in India, besides colleges & campuses in Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia & Nepal.

Sikkim Manipal University is a unique public-private initiative between the Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education. SMU, a state University, is recognized by the UGC, Ministry of HRD and is a member of the Associations of Indian Universities. The Distance Education Council has granted recognition to all Distance Education programs offered under the aegis of SMU (Sikkim Manipal University). The SMU Directorate of Distance Education is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

In addition to formal university programmes delivered through 5 campuses in India & 4 overseas, Manipal Education also offers Distance Education, Professional & Skills Education across multiple genres.

SMU-DE is recognised & appreciated by students for its efficient processes like – prompt delivery of study materials to students, EduNxt initiative, conduct of scheduled examinations, on-time declaration of results & swift dispatch of certificates & degrees. Our students number more than 3,00,000 across 52 countries points to the success of our program.

For further information just visit www.smude.edu.in or call 1800 266 7979 toll free. You can log on to the site and find more such articles that explain in easy steps how to get into SMU-DE.

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