Distance education is fast becoming a choice mode of study in India. The reasons for this are varied. It is because students become goal-oriented andwant to achieve more in less time. It is also a good option if students want to pursue education and gain work experience at the same time.Distance learning courses offer education using different modes for providing the course material. In most cases, the printed material is sent either through post or through emails and the student takes exams at the end of the semester. Most of the time, classes are conducted during weekends and students have the choice to attend or not attend them. Virtual classrooms are yet another way of interaction. Students gather in a ‘classroom’ on a selected date and the teacher can lecture them through video conferencing. Internet technology has come as a boon for promoting distance education as teachers can chat/video chat with the students and the exchange of knowledge takes place.
Distance learning courses are also called correspondence courses, open learning courses, etc. It should be kept in mind that the mode of study will be determined by the institute you choose and the course you enrol in.All distance learning courses are considered recognised if they have the approval of Distance Education Council, New Delhi.
Other popular open universities in India
1.Karnataka State Open University
2.Tamil Nadu Open University
3.UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University
4.Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University
Distance mode, regular universities
There are also many regular universities that provide education through distance mode. It is up to you to choose the course depending upon your goals and choices. The following is a list of universities that provide quality education in distance mode:
2.Sikkim Manipal University