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Best 5 Distance Education Institutes in India for MBA/PGDM

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Best 5 Distance Education Institutes in India for MBA/PGDM

Does a working business professional have a better choice than earning an MBA degree via distance learning mode from a reputed College to take his career to the next level? The answer can be a yes or a no, depending on your interest and aim. Different professional see it differently, but one fact remains the same. The professional who wants to get an MBA degree but is short of time to attend the regular classes finds it the only option that can be worth it. Same is the case with those housewives who have no time to attend the lectures or those graduates who want to simultaneously work and continue higher studies.

There is no telling that an MBA is among the most sought-after courses in India today. Each year about 5,00,000 students become MBA and the figures promise to only increase with every passing year. An MBA from a reputed institute sometimes guarantees a doorway to a good career. Then there are many specializations to choose from, as per your subject or interest. You may like to have a look at Comprehensive List of MBA Entrance Exams You can Appear for.

But the problem invades while choosing the right college. There are a number of distance education institutes in India that offer several distance education MBA or PGDM courses.

Here are the best 5 distance education institutes in India for MBA/PGDM

Institute of Management Technology

IMT has a separate center for distance learning called IMT CDL. It provides several distance learning courses in management and information technology. All these courses have the privilege of getting recognition from UGC (University Grants Commission). IMT CDL provides a PGDM (MBA) which is a two-year post-graduate program in the management domain. It also offers a one year PG diploma in business administration and a one-year executive PGDM program with specializations in the field of Financial Management, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, and Information Systems. Apart from winning numerous awards for its distance learning management courses, IMT has also been ranked by media houses like ZEE BUSINESS as the Number One Distance Learning B-School in the year 2012.

Learn MBA on the goSymbiosis Center for Distance Learning

One of the largest autonomous distance learning institutes in India, Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL) Pune is another renowned and award-winning institute in distance learning. SCDL’s 2 years PGDBA (MBA) is one of the most popular management programs in India. A student can choose a specialization out of the six specializations available i.e. Finance, Marketing, Operations, HR, Customer Relationship Management and Management Accounting. If you wish to choose two specializations, Dual Specialization option is also available for the PGDBA program. Symbiosis also offers 2 years PG diploma courses in the field of International Business, IT Management, Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, Insurance Management, Retail Management, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management & Export and Import Management.

Symbiosis Center for Distance LearningIndira Gandhi National Open University

After occupying the title of the world’s largest university in terms of the number of students enrolled, IGNOU has become a synonym for distance learning. Apart from offering a variety of distance education courses, it is also famous for its unique MBA offering.  The minimum duration to complete this program is 2.5 years, and there is no age bar. The student should be a graduate with at least 50% marks for general category/45% for reserved category and 3 years managerial/supervisory/professional experience. Along with it, he should also have cleared the ‘OPENMAT’ exam conducted by IGNOU. It also offers a specialized MBA program called Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance). The candidate has to be a member of Indian Institute of Bankers to be eligible for this course.

Sikkim Manipal University

Sikkim Manipal University, over the years, has emerged as a major player for distance learning all over India. Under its distance education wing known as SMU-DE, SMU offers a best-quality distance education MBA course. The MBA program offered by SMU-DE is a 2-year degree program with 4 semesters. The minimum duration to complete the course is 2 years and the maximum duration is 4 years. There are 4 specializations available to choose from, such as in Marketing Management, Information Systems Management, Human Resource Management, and Finance Management. A candidate should have a graduation degree from any recognized university, to become eligible for this program. Clearing an entrance test conducted by the University for Admission is also part of the procedure.

Sikkim Manipal UniversityICFAI University

ICFAI is another name that has earned a name in the realm of distance education. It has been offering higher education for over 30 years or so in India. It has won several awards for the quality of education it delivers. Apart from offering many degrees, postgraduate diploma courses and certificate programs in business and management, it is also popular for its distance education MBA degree program that is divided into 5 modules. The 3rd module of this MBA comprises of electives, where the students can select one elective out of 16 electives offered. In all, these electives are 16 in number.

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Finance
  • Operations
  • Risk Management
  • Global Markets
  • Retail Management
  • Pharma Management
  • Hospital Administration
  • IT & Systems
  • Innovation Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Investment Management
  • International Business
  • Telecom Management

The entire MBA program is based on self-study and examination model. ICFAI offers convenient examination schedule to students. Check out Executive MBA in India.

Fact Check

As the latest notification, the universities which offer programmes through distance mode will now be regulated under the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017.

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