Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education ranked among India’s Top Distance Learning Education providers
SMU-DE Ranked #1 in the student perception survey conducted by CAREERS360 magazine
One of the largest surveys conducted among Distance Learning providers in India
Top Institutions ranked on the basis of Reach & Resource, Learning & Experience and Results & efficiency
Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education (SMU-DE) , a unique public-private initiative between the Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education, Ranked #1 in the student perception survey conducted by CAREERS360, a magazine for young professionals in collaboration with Yahoo.
With over 710+ SMU-DE Authorised Centers covering 310 cities across India, Sikkim Manipal University -Distance Education emerged at the top across parameters ranging from quality of study material, library support, quality of faculty, access to study centers, conduct of exams and publishing of results among others. SMU-DE was also found to have one of the largest presences on the web with over 500+ unique IP addresses, showing the substantial reach technology could achieve.
SMU-DE spokesperson Mr. V. Sivaramakrishnan, President - Distributed Learning, Manipal Education says “We are thrilled to be ranked among India’s premier Distance Learning Education providers in the country. In line with the vision of providing affordable & accessible education to aspirants across the country, our endeavor is to collaborate technology with high quality education, providing a learning experience that’s incomparable.”
In one of the most extensive exercises undertaken in the field of distance learning, the survey elicited over 7000 responses from current and past distance education students. For the analysis, over 5000 entries, which ranked over 81 Universities, were taken into consideration. After eliminating those with less than 50 responses and unique IP addresses, the research team finally zeroed in on 30 institutes which were subjected to detailed analysis.
In the objective ranking, Sikkim Manipal University - Distance Education was ranked 4th on various parameters including reach, course offerings, processes, pass ratio and transparency. Interestingly, only 11 out of the top 32 institutions in the objective ranking list made it to the perception ranking which hailed SMU-DE as a top provider of distance learning education in India.
The Universe for Open and Distance Learning Institutes (ODLIs) in India comprises 249 institutes, out of which 188 institutes are currently offering Distance Education Programmes.