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