The Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) is located in Gangtok and established in accordance with the Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences Act, 1995 (Act No. 9 of 1995) of the Government of Sikkim.
It is a unique public-private partnership (PPP) model between Sikkim and Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), the first of its kind in the country. Under this agreement, the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim is the Chancellor of SMU, while representatives of the Government of Sikkim are a part of the senior management of the University.
The constituent units of Sikkim Manipal University are:-
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science (SMIMS)
Distance Education refers to education imparted remotely with the help of modern communication technology. SMU offers distance education programs to provide quality education to students who, for various reasons, cannot be part of a classroom.
Postgraduate, graduate degree/diploma level programs are offered in various disciplines such as information technology, management studies, vocational sciences, life sciences and allied health sciences. SMU-DE programs are learner-centric, using distinct delivery methods like Self Learning Materials (SLMs), Counselling at Authorised Centers and EduNxt - a virtual classroom.
In a correspondence course, students do not have the benefit of a teacher, and are expected to study on their own using self learning material (SLMs). On the other hand, distance education is structured and allows learners to learn at their own pace and place. The student can reach out to the teachers just as easily as the teacher can respond to the student queries. Well established student-support services ensure quality learning outcomes, like virtual class-rooms, practical lab facilities, peer group interactions, mentor chats, counseling and advising sessions at authorised centres, help desk & regional offices, etc.
SMU is authorised to start and conduct new programs/courses, without obtaining prior approval of the AICTE. However, for the purpose of ensuring coordinated and integrated development of technical education, and maintenance of standards, the AICTE may carry out an inspection and render advice.