Distance education has gained tremendous popularity and has been growing incessantly in the past few years in India. There was a time when people did not like to consider distance education as a proper way to get educated. But this alternative way of getting educated has changed the lives of many people, and there is no doubt that it will continue to do this in future as well.
Whether you are doing a job, or you are married, you can easily study from the courses that are offered by the top Distance Education Universities. Given below is a list of the top 10 best universities for distance education in India in 2018.
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- 10. The School of Open Learning of the University of Delhi
- 9. Maulana Azad National Urdu University
- 8. Maharshi Dayanand University Directorate of Distance Education
- 7. Mumbai University
- 6. Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU)
- 5. Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University
- 4. Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University
- 3. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
- 2. Sikkim Manipal University
- 1. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
10. The School of Open Learning of the University of Delhi
The School of Open Learning of the University of Delhi provides the students that adjustable medium of education which will help them to do their higher education in correspondence to their work which is their primary commitment. The campus of the Open Learning university provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art, science, and commerce. They use mail as the medium of communication; they send the study materials via mail. This University also has Personal Contact Programmes (PCP). The University provides experienced faculties throughout the year for academic interaction and to clear doubts of the students.
9. Maulana Azad National Urdu University
Maulana Azad National Urdu University functions on two objectives simultaneously, one is to propagate the language Urdu and the other is to reach the unreached corners of education. This University presently offers three undergraduate courses, three postgraduate courses, and eight postgraduate diploma/certificate courses apart from B.Ed through distance mode. All the courses are affiliated to the Distance Education Council of India and the B.Ed is affiliated under the NCTE Programme. This University has a wide network, its centers are tactfully spread across the country, and there is also a center in outside India which is Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
8. Maharshi Dayanand University Directorate of Distance Education
Maharshi Dayanand University Directorate of Distance Education has spread throughout the country at a fast pace within a short span of time. This University has a grade A accredited by NAAC, and it has blossomed as a center of excellence in just a few years. The University provides five undergraduate and ten postgraduate programs. The University has restricted their services to problem solving and interaction; they also provide services like personality development, soft skill development, community education and career counseling. This University is approved by IGNOU- DEC- NCTE and other statutory distance education bodies.
7. Mumbai University
Mumbai University has been constantly fighting to be on the top ten list, and it is there on the list for quite a long time now. This University was established in the year 1993, and it has been renamed from Directorate of Distance Education to Institute of Distance Education. The learning experience of the students in this University and the results of the University students in the Institute of Distance and Open Learning has made a solid mark in this competition, and it would not be very easy for any other University to replace this University.
6. Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU)
Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) is the best state open university. The University is driven by the motive of meeting the unmet, and it has helped this University to cater to the distance learning aspirants in the best way possible. The thing which is the best about this University is the chain of network of centers it has, throughout the country. It is huge when compared with the other universities. It offers about 72 courses. The courses that the University offers are affiliated with the University Grants Commission and the Distance Education Council. The University provides a prompt declaration of results.
5. Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University
Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University has achieved what it had aimed for which is education at the doorstep of the students. This University was earlier known as the Andhra Pradesh Open University, and it has around two-hundred and six study centers across the country. This University uses multimedia to teach and help the students. It provides printed study materials and audio/video lessons to the students and also uses an All India Radio channel to reach the students with regular intimations. They also use the Doordarshan regional TV channel network to show their lectures on Sundays. This University is very flexible regarding the procedure of admission, subject choice, and age requirements.
4. Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University was established with the intention to promote distance education, and it has successfully lived up to its ambition. This University used various ways to communicate with the students like TV and radio channels. It used e-mail to send study materials to the students and courier services to send textbooks at the doorstep of the students. There is also a special care agency in this University for the students to connect to each and every student and clear their doubts. This University is undoubtedly one of the best institutes for distance education.
3. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University is a university recognised by the University Grants Commission, and it was formed by the act of the State Government. This University in association with the Asian Association of Open Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities and Indian Universities offers courses for students in online as well as in offline mode. The headquarter of this University is in Nashik, and it has its centers all over the state. This University is the first University where there are innovations like mobile vans running across the state to help the students with materials and also using mediums like TV and radio channels.
2. Sikkim Manipal University
Sikkim Manipal University is the first name which comes to the mind when we think of distance education. This University is driven by the motto of striking through excellence, has made a place in the list of the finest Universities in India. This University was set up to with the aim to offer quality education to the candidates who are constrained in some way to continue their regular education. Currently, it is the second best University for distance education.
1. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
Distance education and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) go hand in hand with each other. IGNOU is used as a synonym for distance education. It is known as the people’s University, and it is continuously providing the best and the most innovative education technique and need based courses for the students.
Distance education has progressed steadily in India, and there are many Universities to choose from now. To get the best of the education, it is best to enroll yourself for the best institutes of the country.