Do you want to continue your education without quitting your current job? If so, correspondence courses or distance learning programs are the best alternatives for you. However, these courses are not as effective as full-time courses but will definitely assist you to some extent.
Here is the list of top 10 distance education universities in India:
1. IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
IGNOU is the most popular and largest university in India that offers several distance learning certificates and degree courses. This university was set- up in 1985, with an aim to accelerate the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER), by providing quality education through the open and distance learning mode. Currently, it is serving the educational desires of more than four million students in India and thirty-six other countries. Except a few courses like MCA and MBA, students don’t need to qualify any sort of entrance exam. All the courses are available at low costs.
Address: Maidan Garhi, New Delhi- 110068
Fax: 011- 29533129
2. Annamalai University
With an aim to impart specific skills and prepare students for a bright career, the Directorate of Distance Education was set up in the university, in the year 1979. Currently, it is offering more than 500 distance learning programs. Some of the popular courses are hotel management, interior design, retail management, textile design, yoga, music, fashion design, etc. All programs are recognized by the Distance Education Council, New Delhi; the B.Ed. program is associated with the National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi.
Address: Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu- 608002
Phone: 91-4144- 238248/263/796
3. Osmania University
Established in 1918, this university was the first to set- up in Hyderabad. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has accredited this university with “A” grade and recognized by the University with Potential Excellence (UPE) and Distance Education Council, New Delhi.
4. Sikkim Manipal University
This university offers distance learning courses with an objective to provide learning prospects to those students, who are not able to attend regular classes. It offers several graduate and post-graduate courses in health care sciences, arts & humanities and vocational sciences, information technology and management studies.
Phone: Director- 91-80-40789100, Dean- 91-80-40789100
Fax: Director- 91-80-40789434
5. Nalanda Open University
It came into existence in March, 1987. In Bihar, it is the only institution that offers to learn through distance mode. It was set up under the Act of Bihar Government and is affiliated to Distance Education Council, IGNOU, New Delhi. Several certificate courses, graduate and post-graduate programs in the stream of social sciences, pure and agricultural sciences, mass communication and journalism, indology, Indian and Foreign languages, etc. are conducted by the university.
Phone: 0612-2201013, 2206916
6. Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)
It comes in the list of the largest autonomous distance learning educational institutions in India. SCDL is recognized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Distance Education Council. It offers certificate, diploma and post graduate diploma courses in education management, information technology, customer relationship management, banking and finance, international business, etc. The learning is offered through innovative concepts.
7. Karnataka State Open University
For imparting higher education via distance learning system, Karnataka State Open University was established in 1996. The university is recognized by several reputed organizations like Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China; Regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi; Commonwealth of Learning (COL); Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, UK and the Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi. Along with diploma courses, the university also offers degree courses in the field of engineering, information technology, and management.
Phone: 0 95454 53481
8. Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU)
Previously, this university was known as Kota Open University. It was established in 1987. The main purpose of VMOU is to make educational opportunities available to women, in-service people, people living in remote and rural areas, and disadvantaged groups such as SC/ST. It offers management programs, post graduate diploma courses, bachelor and master degree programs, in several streams.
9. ICFAI University
The ICFAI University, Sikkim is recognized by UGC, and it awards degrees under Section- 22 of UGC Act, 1956. It is also a member of the Federation of Universities and the Association of Indian Universities. You can enrol for distance learning BBA, MBA, sectoral and executive MBA.
Phone: 1800 103 0303/1800 425 2911
10. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University
The university was found in 1982 under the name Andhra Pradesh Open University. In 1991, the Government of Andhra Pradesh renamed it as Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University. It conducts under graduation and post graduation courses in science, commerce and arts, MBA and various diploma programs.
Phone: 23680 000