Best 10 Universities in India for MBA education online or campus in distance mode

Guwahati, Shazida Khatun: Popularity of MBA programmes are quite evident with the increasing number of candidates applying for common admission test each year. Although MBA is known to be a quick way to get a highly paying job, it is not an easy task to obtain a seat at these schools. For those MBA aspirants who are cannot afford to pursue full-time MBA, many Bschools offer distance learning MBA programmes.

Almost every school recognises and caters to the needs of every MBA aspirant through its distance learning MBA course list. Over the years some of these schools have earned a reputation for various reasons like good placement assistance, quality study material, lectures, etc. Below is the list of top 10 institutions that offer MBA in distance education:

1. Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning, Pune Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) is one of the largest autonomous distance learning education institute in India. Programmes offered are Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma and Certificate programs across industry sectors including Business Management, International Business, Banking and Finance, Supply Chain Management, Customer Relationship Management and much more.

For more information, visit www.scdl.net

2. Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi Indira Gandhi National Open University is the world’s largest open university in terms of number of students enrolled. It was founded in 1985 & currently serving more than 35 lakhs students worldwide.

For further information, visit www.ignou.ac.in

3. ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad ICFAI is a group of institutions consisting of recognized universities, a deemed-to-be university and several institutions likely to be recognized as universities. The institutions aim to provide the best quality education in Business Management, Technology and Law.

For further information, visit www.icfaiuniversity.in

4. Institute of Management Technology Centre for Distance Learning IMT-CDL offers a wide spectrum of management and information technology programmes. The curriculum is constantly updated to be in touch with the dynamic global and Indian environment. UGC has recognised IMT-CDL to offer various post-graduate management programmes through distance education mode.

For further information, visit www.imtcdl.ac.in

5. Sikkim Manipal University, Sikkim SMU-DE is ISO 9001: 2000 certified university offers distance education programmes in many disciplines. All programmes offered by Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education are recognised by DEC. Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) is the result of a unique partnership between the Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education.

For further information, visit www.smude.edu.in

6. Amity University, UP Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education (ADDOE) has been providing world-class Distance Education to thousands of students and working professionals across India. Amity has been ranked the No.1 institute for Distance Learning by the prestigious B-school Ranking Survey.

For further information, visit www.amity.edu

7. Annamalai University, Tamilnadu Annamalai Univeristy offers more than 500 different distance study programmes. Programmes offered are postgraduate programmes like Hotel Management and Catering Technology Programmes, Retail Management, Twinning Programme, Programmes on Health Science and much more. All the programmes of study offered by the Directorate of Distance Education have the approval of the Distance Education Council, New Delhi.

For further information, visit www.annamalaiuniversity.ac.in/dde/

8. Alagappa University, Tamilnadu The University offers education through Regular, Week-end, Distance and Collaborative modes. The Distance Education Directorate offers variety of programmes to the student community spread across the country and in selected foreign countries. Through all modes of education, the University caters to the needs of the student community of around 1,00,000.

For further information, visit www.alagappauniversity.ac.in

9. Bharathidasan University – Centre for Distance Education BDU-CDE offers more than 20,000 students on roll, with an annual enrolment of about 8,000 to 9,000 students. The Centre for Distance Education offers as many as 60 programmes including 18 UG, 21 PG, 13 Diploma programmes and 8 Professional programmes in selected disciplines. MCA, MBA, Diploma and B.Sc Degree in Animation programmes are the most sought after Courses.

For further information, visit www.bdu.ac.in

10. Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak MD University is a state level university based at Rohtak, Haryana. It offers distance education courses under Directorate of Distance Education (DDE). Currently it offers 40 courses including 21 Postgraduate degree courses, 14 courses for Bachelors degree and 5 courses in P.G. Diploma.

For further information, visit www.mdurohtak.ac.in

One Response to Best 10 Universities in India for MBA education online or campus in distance mode

  1. It accounts for a massive 30 percent of the total enrolment in the country. Nimesh Chandra, Head of Research-Careers360 spearheaded the huge exercise that involved collating data on all the existing DL institutions, visits to some select universities, study centres and interviews with stake holders (see methodology for more details). But the scenario is so bleak, that even then we could get enrolment data for only 114 out of the 176 institutions. India has a long way to go in ensuring comparable data availability.
    Top distance education universities in India
    The ranking project involved examining 30 top institutions under three broad domains namely, Reach & Resources, Learning and Experience, and Results & Efficiency. The results were amazing. The top ten was populated by five open universities, three private players and two dual mode state level universities.

    It is the sectoral ranks that open up the field further. For example IGNOU, which convincingly tops the overall ranking, goes down to 15 places in the results category, informing us that it has a tremendous potential for increasing its pass percentage and customer service. Mumbai University, or Symbiosis for example, presents a contrasting picture.

    They score a lowly 27 and 20 respectively in resources-committed rank, but provide an amazing learning experience where they score 3rd and 6th respectively. In other words, some have invested heavily in hardware and study centres, while some have focussed on technology exclusively. Very few have scored consistently across categories, showing that the sector needs substantial investments and strategic thinking. And that is the way forward.

    Methodology

    The Universe for Open and Distance Learning Institutes (ODLIs) in India comprises 249 institutes, out of which 176 institutes are currently offering Distance Education Programmes. Given the nature of operations of ODLIs and the lack of adequate data with the Distance Education Council (DEC) as also in the public domain, shortlisting of 50 institutions was done based on student enrolment data. The logic being the popularity of the institutions, on the basis of their admissions.

    Careers360 then sent letters to these 50 institutions with a questionnaire and also requested data from the DEC. Based on the responses received from the institute as well as the data supplied by DEC and in-house research, 30 institutes were finally chosen for ranking purpose. Further, visits were made to the all the institutes that responded as well as to select study centres of others to build a robust database based on input-process-output methodology.

    The input primarily looked at the reach, infrastructure and diversity of the institutions in providing distance education. The process emphasised on the quality of resources and delivery mechanism, while output focused on the performance of the institute in facilitating the trained student in getting a better prospect.

    The 3 broad parameters and the weights:
    Input (Resources & Reach)
    300
    No. of faculty (full-time)/total students on rolls
    50
    No. of academic counsellors/total students on rolls
    25
    Number of study centres/ total students on rolls
    50
    Number of course offerings
    50
    Current Enrolment
    50
    Active Enrolment/years in existence
    75
    Process (Learning & Exeperience)
    400
    Quality of Course material (also based on recognition or accreditation by external agencies)
    100
    E-learning platform (presence/absence)
    25
    Quality of e-platform (verification by testing)
    50
    Telephone counselling availability (including effective Toll-free No.)
    50
    Audio Visual-based course materials (absence/presence)
    10
    Quantum of AV study material created
    40
    Exam schedule
    25
    Responsiveness (student friendliness & forthcoming)
    50
    Contact Classes
    50
    OUTPUT (Result & Efficiency)
    300
    Pass ratio
    200
    Transparency
    50
    Unique Features/Special Projects/Awards
    50
    Total
    1000

    LIST OF HONOUR

    Overall Rank

    Name of the Institution

    Location

    Resources
    & Reach

    Learning & Experience

    Result & Efficiency

    Total*

    1
    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    New Delhi
    208.40
    258.12
    198.00
    665
    2
    Yashwantrao C Maharashtra Open University
    Nasik
    145.81
    239.54
    233.16
    619
    3
    Sikkim Manipal University
    Gangtok
    73.64
    284.96
    257.15
    616
    4
    IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute
    Ghaziabad
    43.41
    285.00
    249.22
    578
    5
    University of Mumbai
    Mumbai
    17.04
    262.35
    256.32
    536
    6
    Maulana Azad National
    Urdu University
    Hyderabad
    63.21
    215.91
    249.17
    528
    7
    Dr B R Ambedkar Open University
    Hyderabad
    83.01
    210.00
    229.46
    522
    8
    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
    Pune
    32.21
    240.00
    235.50
    508
    9
    Dr BabasahebAmbedkar Open University
    Ahmedabad
    33.37
    220.80
    246.23
    500
    10
    Annamalai University
    Annamalainagar
    95.71
    195.00
    206.00
    497
    11
    Netaji Subhas Open University
    Kolkata
    39.37
    240.00
    206.28
    486
    12
    Osmania University
    Hyderabad
    11.43
    210.00
    243.57
    465
    13
    Shivaji University
    Kolhapur
    28.53
    175.00
    251.86
    455
    14
    M P Bhoj (Open) University
    Bhopal
    52.17
    237.81
    163.00
    453
    15
    University of Delhi
    New Delhi
    70.43
    220.00
    145.11
    436
    16
    Maharishi Dayanand University
    Rohtak
    31.92
    195.00
    206.23
    433
    17
    AcharyaNagarjuna University
    Guntur
    38.17
    215.00
    165.52
    419
    18
    SNDT – Women’s University
    Mumbai
    7.83
    170.00
    225.65
    403
    19
    Alagappa University
    Karaikudi
    34.54
    235.00
    123.63
    393
    20
    Andhra University
    Vishakhapatnam
    27.99
    175.16
    168.37
    372
    21
    University of Madras
    Chennai
    30.37
    210.00
    122.59
    363
    22
    Himachal Pradesh University
    Shimla
    46.97
    185.00
    129.58
    362
    23
    U P RajarshiTandon
    Open University
    Allahabad
    93.27
    158.30
    106.64
    358
    24
    Tamil Nadu Open University
    Chennai
    55.51
    145.09
    153.90
    354
    25
    Karnataka State Open University
    Mysore
    56.77
    241.13
    48.93
    347
    26
    Madurai Kamaraj University
    Madurai
    38.64
    175.00
    115.91
    330
    27
    VardhmanMahaveer
    Open University
    Kota
    37.46
    150.00
    115.62
    303
    28
    Kurukshetra University
    Kurukshetra
    21.36
    105.00
    81.59
    208
    29
    University of Calicut
    Kozhikode
    15.45
    115.00
    63.86
    194
    30
    Kakatiya University
    Warangal
    29.26
    37.61
    97.80
    165

    RESOURCES & REACH
    Rank
    Name of the Institution
    1
    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    2
    Yashwantrao C. Maharshtra Open University
    3
    Annamalai University
    4
    U P RajarshiTandon Open University
    5
    Dr B R Ambedkar Open University
    6
    Sikkim Manipal University
    7
    University of Delhi
    8
    Maulana Azad National Urdu University
    9
    Karnataka State Open University
    10
    Tamil Nadu Open University
    11
    M P Bhoj (Open) University
    12
    Himachal Pradesh University
    13
    IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute
    14
    Netaji Subhas Open University
    15
    Madurai Kamaraj University
    16
    AcharyaNagarjuna University
    17
    VardhmanMahaveer Open University
    18
    Alagappa University
    19
    Dr BabasahebAmbedkar Open University
    20
    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
    21
    Maharishi Dayanand University
    22
    University of Madras
    23
    Kakatiya University
    24
    Shivaji University
    25
    Andhra University
    26
    Kurukshetra University
    27
    University of Mumbai
    28
    University of Calicut
    29
    Osmania University
    30
    SNDT – Women’s University

    LEARNING & EXPERIENCE
    Rank
    Name of the Institution
    1
    IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute
    2
    Sikkim Manipal University
    3
    University of Mumbai
    4
    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    5
    Karnataka State Open University
    6
    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
    7
    Netaji Subhas Open University
    8
    Yashwantrao C Maharashtra Open University
    9
    M P Bhoj (Open) University
    10
    Alagappa University
    11
    Dr BabasahebAmbedkar Open University
    12
    University of Delhi
    13
    Maulana Azad National Urdu University
    14
    AcharyaNagarjuna University
    15
    Dr B R Ambedkar Open University
    16
    Osmania University
    17
    University of Madras
    18
    Annamalai University
    19
    Maharishi Dayanand University
    20
    Himachal Pradesh University
    21
    Andhra University
    22
    Shivaji University
    23
    Madurai Kamaraj University
    24
    SNDT – Women’s University
    25
    U P RajarshiTandon Open University
    26
    VardhmanMahaveer Open University
    27
    Tamil Nadu Open University
    28
    University of Calicut
    29
    Kurukshetra University
    30
    Kakatiya Universit
    RESULTS & EFFICIENCY
    Rank
    Name of the Institution
    1
    Sikkim Manipal University
    2
    University of Mumbai
    3
    Shivaji University
    4
    IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute
    5
    Maulana Azad National Urdu University
    6
    Dr BabasahebAmbedkar Open University
    7
    Osmania University
    8
    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
    9
    Yashwantrao C Maharashtra Open University
    10
    Dr B R Ambedkar Open University
    11
    SNDT – Women’s University
    12
    Netaji Subhas Open University
    13
    Maharishi Dayanand University
    14
    Annamalai University
    15
    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    16
    Andhra University
    17
    AcharyaNagarjuna University
    18
    M P Bhoj (Open) University
    19
    Tamil Nadu Open University
    20
    University of Delhi
    21
    Himachal Pradesh University
    22
    Alagappa University
    23
    University of Madras
    24
    Madurai Kamaraj University
    25
    VardhmanMahaveer Open University
    26
    U P RajarshiTandon Open University
    27

    Kakatiya University
    28
    Kurukshetra University
    29
    University of Calicut

    30
    Karnataka State Open University

    The research and reporting team included SumitaVaid Dixit, NitinJindal, Tanmay Perti, Pooja Mishra and Samarth Vats. We place on record our thanks to Chairman Dr. RajesekharanPillai, Director Dr. ManjulikaSrivastava and the staff of Distance Education Council, New Delhi who went out of the way to provide required data.

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