A distance education university enables students to earn various advanced degrees and diplomas through open and distance education mode. Saving a few, almost all regular universities offer distance mode of education. There are some universities in India that offer distance education exclusively. These universities enable students to equip themselves with higher degrees to compete better in the job market or achieve their career goals.
Degrees in arts, science, vocational courses, and various professions are offered by distance education universities. A student can earn a Ph.D degree through the distance education system from these universities.
Information About Distance Education Universities
Distance education universities usually have websites giving out information about their degrees offered, courses covered in degree programs, fee structures, and contact as well as study centres. Application forms and fees can be submitted at contact centres.
Verification of Accreditation
Accreditation is a stamp of quality for a distance education university. A typical distance education university gets accreditations from the Distance Education Council (DEC) to establish its credibility. Getting accreditation is subject to meeting certain specifics set by the DEC such as: quality of courses offered, quality of faculties to conduct contact classes, the system of admissions, and the system of examinations. Degrees and diplomas earned from distance education universities with accreditations carry more value than unaccredited universities.
As the demand for higher education is huge, many dubious institutions started offering courses, mainly to make money. There are many universities operating without accreditation and students may enroll in these universities at their own risk.
Regular UGC approved universities offering distance education are the safest bets as far as authenticity is concerned. Students should verify the authenticity of a distance education university before enrolling. They can do so by contacting the DEC at:
Distance Education Council, IGNOU, K-76, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016. Tel. : 91-11- 6569668, 6511934 Fax : 91-11-6861340 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of bodies that universities and educational institutions apply for accreditation depending on the courses they offer:
• All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) • Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) • Bar Council of India (BCI) • National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) • Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) • Medical Council of India (MCI) • Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) • Indian Nursing Council (INC) • Dental Council of India (DCI) • Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) • Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM)
In addition to accreditation, a distance education university should offer courses approved by the above bodies. For instance, if a distance education university is offering a B.Ed program it should have accreditation from the DEC and also the approval of National Council for Teacher’s Education (NCTE). Students should do due diligence before enrolling in a distance education university.
Here is a list of Universities that offer distance education:
1- Dr B R Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad. 2- Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. 3- Kota Open University, Kota, Rajasthan. 4- Yashwantrao Chavan Maharastra Open University,Nashil, Maharastra. 5- Madhyapradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. 6- Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, Gujrat. 7- Karnataka State Open University, Bangalore. 8- U.P Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahbad, U.P. 9- School of Correspondence & Continuing Education, University of Delhi. 10- Institute of Distance Education, University of Mumbai. 11- International Centre for Distance Education& Open Learning, HP University, Shimla 12- Directorate of Distance Education, Kamraj University,Madurai. 13- Department of Correspondence Studies , Punjab University, Chandigarh. 14- Prof G.Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education Osmania University, Hyderabad. 15- School of Continuing & Distance Education, JNTU, Hyderabad. 16- Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University 17- College Development Council, Utkal University 18- School of Distance Education, Andhra University 19- Institute of Correspondence Education, University of Madras 20- Centre for Distance Education, University of Hyderabad.