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Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education has been recognised as the best distance learning institute in India by various academic and industry bodies including Careers360, ASSOCHAM and Silicon India. The recognitions validate SMU-DE’s continual endeavour to make industry-relevant quality education accessible to students.


In 2018, SMU-DE’s learning platforms won the Silver Award in the Digital Learning Transformation Category at the prestigious 2018 Learning Award Ceremony. The awards were contested by other global brands including Classera, AstraZeneca, PepsiCo, Kineo and TCS. The award reiterates SMU-DE’s vision of revolutionizing distance education by making it learner-centric and driven by technology.


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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.

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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 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).