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SMU-DE has won the following awards and recognitions:


ASSOCHAM AWARD: Best University in Online and Distance Learning 2014

SMU-DE was recognised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) at the National Education Excellence Awards 2014 for its valuable contribution towards innovation and excellence in the field of Distance Education.


Sikkim Manipal University has been awarded with the prize of Best University in Distance Education.


Sikkim Manipal University - Distance Education has received the CSR Award as the ‘Top Distance Learning Institute’ for three Consecutive years since 2011.


SiliconIndia has ranked SMU-DE as the ‘Number One Institute for MBA in Distance Learning’.


Winner of the ICT Award

Sikkim Manipal University-Directorate of Distance Education (SMU-DDE) was conferred the 'Digital Learning ICT Enabled University of the Year" for its new technology infused learning system EduNxt at the 5th e-India 2009 Awards Conference and Exhibition organised by Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies in Hyderabad on August 26, 2009.




Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok is incorporated under the State Legislative Act (Act IX of 1995) of the Government of Sikkim. It is recognised by UGC under section 2(f) of UGC Act, 1956.


/ Current Recognition Status

Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok is recognised by UGC to continue offering programmes through Open & Distance Learning (ODL) mode for the session 2017-2018 vide F. No. UGC/DEB-II/SMU/Recog./2015 Vol. V of the University Grants Commission dated 21/03/2017.

Click here to download the said UGC Notification


Directorate of Distance Education
Sikkim Manipal University 


Sikkim Manipal University was established in 1995, and is a unique joint venture of the Government of Sikkim and the Manipal Group. The University offers distance education programs as part of its effort to bring education to the masses, and fulfil the growing demand for technical and management professionals.



Click here for the entire SMU Act (Act 9 of 1995, as published in the Sikkim Government Gazette)

Member Of ACU

Sikkim Manipal University is a member of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), which  is the world's first and oldest international university network, established in 1913.


ACU’s mission is to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.


ACU’s vision is to:


  • Increase understanding through international partnerships – both inside and outside the higher education sector
  • Contribute to the cultural, economic, and social development of every nation

The ACU has over 500 member institutions in 40 countries across the Commonwealth.


Grants and fellowships are available to staff and/or students of ACU member Universities.


For more details, visit: https://www.acu.ac.uk/

Member Of ICDE

Sikkim Manipal University is a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), which is the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. The Council further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies. ICDE is actively engaged in helping to set the Education 2030 agenda - ‘Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all’.


For more details visit: www.icde.org

Member Of AIU

Sikkim Manipal University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).


With the view to promote University activities, through sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas, the Inter-University Board (IUB) of India acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act as The Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

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Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education program is deemed the best distance learning institute in India in terms of results and efficiency.


Careers360 magazine of the Outlook Group has conducted the first-ever objective ranking of 30 leading distance learning institutions across India, based on qualitative and quantitative parameters.


The results validate SMU-DE’s continual endeavour to make industry-relevant quality education accessible to students.


  • Ranked 1 in results & efficiency
  • Ranked 2 in learning & experience

The ranking was determined after examining 30 top distance learning institutions across three broad domains - reach & resources, learning & experience and results & efficiency.