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Distance Education in India

Distance education is an education that aims to deliver education to students who are not physically present. It is often termed as flexible learning as one can handle other commitments along with their studies.
There are two systems of correspondence education: 1. the regular system, and 2. the open system. In the regular system, the qualification requirements for enrolment are similar to those prescribed for the normal university courses. In the open system, the courses are open to any person who may not even possess any formal qualifications. But in some institutions they should have attained the age of 18 years for under-gradate and diploma courses and 21 years for postgraduate courses. Enrolment in some courses is subject to qualifying in a written examination.

Nature of Distance Learning Courses
Distance education institutions offer courses at different levels: first degree, postgraduate degree, diploma and postgraduate diploma, certificate and even research degree (M.Phil. and Ph.D). The courses cover a wide variety of subjects. Apart from the traditional courses in Arts, Science and Commerce, both at first degree and postgraduate degree levels, a large number of professional courses at different levels are also offered. They include teacher education, library and information science, journalism and mass communication, nursing, management and its different branches, computer and information technology and several branches of science, computer and information technology.

Distance education is imparted by three kinds of institutions
  • Departments of Correspondence Courses in universities and university level institutions
  • Open Universities exclusively involved in imparting higher education through the distance mode, and
  • A large number of private institutions mostly offering professional courses.

Distance education Admissions
The mode of distance education admissions may be different depending on the institutes/universities. Some of the institutes conduct entrance exams while others may make the admission process simpler (direct admission). Benefits of Distance Education
  • Nowadays the employment market is highly competitive and the best jobs go to persons possessing requisite qualifications only. In many organisations, getting promotions depend on the possession of higher qualifications. So the correspondence courses provide them opportunities to enhance their qualifications.
  • As the course fee of these courses is much lesser than the regular courses, distance-learning courses in India have also become popular in the rural areas. Thus the distance learning institutes are serving a very important cause by enabling the less advantaged sections of the society to pursue higher education of their choice.
  • In particular, distance education is a boon to housewives, who can use their precious leisure time to enhance their educational qualifications and employment potential.

University/Institutions for Distance Education in India (state wise)

University/Institution Category
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad State Open University
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad Central University
Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad Central University
University of English & Foreign Languages, Hyderabad Central University
Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur State Government University
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam State Government University
Dravidian University, Kuppam State Government University
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad State Government University
Kakatiya University, Warangal State Government University
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad State Government University
Osmania University, Hyderabad State Government University
Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad State Government University
Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur State Government University
Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupati State Government University
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati State Government University
Rayalseema University, Kurnool State Government University
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapur State Government University
State Board of Technical Education, Hyderabad State Government University
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati Deemed University
Gitam University, Vishakhapatanam Deemed University
ICFAI Foundation of Higher Education, Hyderabad Deemed University
University/Institution Category
Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar Central University
University/Institution Category
Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University, Guwahati State Open University
Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh State Open University
Gauhati University, Guwahati State Open University
University/Institution Category
Nalanda Open University, Patna State Open University
Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur State Open University
Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga State Open University
Magadh University, Bodh Gaya State Open University
Patna University, Patna State Open University
University/Institution Category
Pt. Sunderlal Sharma (Open) University, Bilaspur State Open University
Dr. CV Raman University, Bilaspur Private State University
MATS University, Raipur Private State University
University/Institution Category
Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi National Open University
Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi Central University
Delhi University, Delhi Central University
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi State Government University
Institute of Rail Transport, New Delhi State Government University
Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi Deemed University
AIMA, New Delhi Private Institution
TECNIA Institute of Technology, New Delhi Private Institution
University/Institution Category
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad State Open University
Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Vadodara Deemed University
Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad Deemed University
University/Institution Category
Chaudhary Devilal University, Sirsa State Government University
Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar State Government University
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra State Government University
Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak State Government University
Maharshi Markandeshwar University, Amblala Deemed University
IILM Institute of Higher Education, Gurgaon Private Institution
University/Institution Category
Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla State Government University
University of Jammu, Jammu State Government University
University of Kashmir, Srinagar State Government University
Karnataka State Open University, Mysore State Government University
Bangalore University, Bangalore State Government University
Gulbarga University, Gulbarga State Government University
Kannada University, Hampi State Government University
Kannada University, Hampi State Government University
Karnataka University, Dharwad State Government University
Kuvempu University, Shimoga State Government University
Mangalore University, Mangalore State Government University
National Law School of India University, Bangalore State Government University
Swamy Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Sansthan, Bangalore Deemed University
University/Institution Category
University of Calicut, Tenhipalam State Government University
Kannur University, Kannur State Government University
University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram State Government University
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam State Government University
University/Institution Category
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal State Government University
Dr Harisingh Gour V V , Sagar State Government University
Awadhes Pratap Singh University, Rewa State Government University
Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal State Government University
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore State Government University
Jiwaji University, Gwalior State Government University
M.G. Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, Chitrakoot State Government University
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya, Katni State Government University
Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur State Government University
University/Institution Category
YCM Open University, Nashik State Government University
MGA Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha Central University
Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Ramtek State Government University
University of Mumbai, Mumbai State Government University
North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon State Government University
Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati State Government University
Shivaji University, Kolhapur State Government University
SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai State Government University
SRTM, University, Nanded State Government University
DBAM University, Aurangabad State Government University
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune Deemed University
International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai Deemed University
Padmashree Dr. DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai Deemed University
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai Deemed University
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune Deemed University
NMIMS University, Mumbai Deemed University
Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha Private Institution
PSB Educational Foundations, Pune Private Institution
Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune Private Institution
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune Private Institution
IIDEA, Indira Group of Institutes, Pune. Private Institution
Welingkar Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai Private Institution
MIT, Pune Private Institution
Sinhgad Technical Education Society, Pune Private Institution
NEHU, Shillong Central University
Global Open University, Wokha Private State University
Berhampur University, Berhampur State Government University
Fakir Mohan University, Balasore State Government University
North Orissa University, Mayurbhanj State Government University
Sambalpur University, Sambalpur State Government University
Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar State Government University
ASBM, Bhubaneshwar Private Institution
University/Institution Category
Pondicherry University, Pondicherry Central University
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar State Government University
Panjab University, Chandigarh State Government University
Punjabi University, Patiala State Government University
Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar State Government University
Thapar Instt. Of Engg. & Technology, Patiala Deemed University
Lovely Professional University, Phagwara Private State University
University/Institution Category
Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota State Open University
IASE Deemed University, Sardarshahr Deemed University
Deemed University Deemed University
JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur Deemed University
BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan Deemed University
NIMS University, Jaipur Private State University
Jaipur National University, Jaipur, Private State University
University/Institution Category
EIILM University, Jorethang Private State University
Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok Private State University
University/Institution Category
Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai State Open University
Alagappa University, Karaikudi State Open University
Annamalai University, Annamalainagar State Open University
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore State Open University
Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli State Open University
University of Madras, Chennai State Open University
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai State Open University
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli State Open University
Periyar University, Salem State Open University
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore State Open University
Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai State Open University
Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai State Open University
Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal State Open University
Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, Chennai State Open University
Gandhigram Rural Unversity, Gandhigram Deemed University
SASTRA University, Thanjavur Deemed University
SASTRA University, Thanjavur Deemed University
Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai Deemed University
Vinayaka Missions University, Salem Deemed University
SRM University, Kanchipuram Deemed University
Karpagam University, Coimbatore Deemed University
St. Peter’s University, Chennai Deemed University
Anna University, Coimbatore Deemed University
Periyar Maniammai University, Thanjavur Deemed University
Anna University, Chennai Deemed University
PRIST University, Thanjavur Deemed University
University/Institution Category
Tripura University, Agartala Central University
Uttarakhand Open University, Nainital State Open University
Gurukul Kangri V V, Haridwar Deemed University
Private State University Private State University
ICFAI University, Dehradun Private State University
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Private State University
Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar Private State University
University/Institution Category
U.P.Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad State Open University
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh Central University
University of Allahabad, Allahabad Central University
University of Lucknow, Lucknow State Government University
Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, Bhadohi, UP State Government Institution
Allahabad Agricultural Institute , Allahabad Deemed University
Dayalbagh Education Institute, Agra Deemed University
Shobhit Institute of Engg. & Tech., Meerut Deemed University
Shobhit Institute of Engg. & Tech., Meerut Deemed University
IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute, Ghaziabad Private Institution
BLS Institute of Management, Ghaziabad Private Institution
NIMT, Greater Noida Private Institution
Amity University, Noida Private State University
Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut Private State University
University/Institution Category
Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata State Open University
Jadavpur University, Kolkata State Open University
Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata State Open University
University of Burdwan, Burdwan State Open University
University of Kalyani, Kalyani State Open University
University of North Bengal, Darjeeling State Open University
Vidyasagar University, Midnapore State Open University
Published date : 18 Sep 2010 04:56PM

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