The methodology adopted by the Businessworld-
The crucial parameters, for a student to choose a distance learning institute, were proper affiliation, online admission and examinations, IT infrastructure, study-centres and foreign collaboration. The universities, which came out as the chosen few in the survey, faced a stiff competition to top it all. Amongst the ones, which came in the top ranking list, SMU-DE is the only one with international learning centres.
The survey brings out some of the salient features and advantages of distance education. With technology ripping traditional barriers of time and distance, there is a vast global resource pool at one’s disposal. Easy-to-use interfaces, ready accessibility, virtual-reality concepts taking charge in the real-time scenario, make distance learning an avenue to discover one’s potential in length, breadth and depth. As many of the top ranking distance learning universities such as SMU-DE, which scored a full 100 on its IT infrastructure & Facilities, deploy their resources on the technology medium, with its comprehensive high-end e-learning software EduNxt. Distance learning is slated to not only be a simulation of the campus-ethos, but an extension of the same, encompassing the shrinking world.
What makes distance education a viable option, is not only the technology driven scenario, which spells quick, easy and anytime-anywhere access, but also the imperative need to earn while you learn; managing career and academics, in parallel.
Over the years, SMU-DE has consistently raised standards in Distance Education and earned its place of pride. Some of the recognitions & awards received include:
- Ranked 1st by students in a student perception survey of Top Distance Education institutes of India conducted by Careers360 Magazine and Yahoo!
- Best B-School offering Management Education through Distance Mode at the 2nd Asia's Best B School Awards
- Dewang Mehta Business School Awards- Best Distance Learning programme
- DNA-Best B-School for the use of Technology in providing Management Education in Distance Education
- Star News- Best Management Education in Distance Education
- Winner of e-India and e-Rajasthan Awards for Digital Learning ICT enabled University of the Year
For more information about SMU-DE, please refer to http://www.smude.edu.in
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Sikkim Manipal University is a unique public-private initiative between the Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education. SMU, a state University, is recognized by the UGC, Ministry of HRD, is a member of the Associations of Indian Universities and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The Distance Education Council has granted recognition to all Distance Education programs offered under the aegis of SMU.