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Top Distance Education Universities in India- Distance education is one of the most popular choices for the students of India who cannot afford or manage to pursue regular classroom education due to several factors. In order to help them choose the correct institutes of distance education, Careers360 has come up with the ranking of the Best Distance Education Universities in India of 2012.

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Being pioneers in ranking Distance Education institutes (view 2011 rankings here) in India, Careers360 aimed to fine-tune parameters along with weightage accorded to each institute to bring you even closer to the true standing of the Top Distance Education Universities in India.

 

Powered by its huge student-base and infrastructure, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) retains its numero uno position among the other Top Distance Education Universities in India, though a major reason for that is its unique status as the only central open university in the country.  

YCMOU, Nashik; IMT-CDL, Ghaziabad and SMU, Gangtok occupy the next band of the Top Distance Education Universities in India in spite of being very different in character. While YCMOU, the state open university of Maharashtra, is a giant like IGNOU specializing in delivering niche programs for several not-so-far-reached segments, IMT-CDL (a private institution) is largely focused on delivering management programs leveraging on its strong lineage in the field and innovative methods of delivery.
 

Following close on IMT-CDL's heels is SCDL, Pune, another private player known for its MBA-equivalent program, which has diversified significantly in recent times.

 

How Top Distance Education Universities in India fared-

 

METHODOLOGY FOR RANKING THE TOP DISTANCE EDUCATION UNIVERSITIES IN INDIA

The institutes in India offering distance education and online courses add to 198, of which we found that there are 28 institutes for which there is no clarity on the recognition status (as of 2012), as we cross-checked with the Distance Education Council (DEC) database. Thus our universe was restricted to 170 that are currently offering distance education programs. Given the nature of operations of the institutes and lack of adequate data with the DEC as also the information available in the public domain, we shortlisted 50 institutions this year on the basis of student enrolment data (both annual and students on rolls) as well as on the basis of an online survey that got us over 1200 unique responses through Careers360 Facebook page. 

We then sent letters to these 50 institutions and also visited select institutes and study centres to build a robust database. Based on the institute’s responses, secondary material such as Annual Reports, official website and DEC data, 35 institutes were finally chosen for the ranking purpose. Making use of our proprietary input-process-output ranking mode we arrived at the rankings in three categories (see Table). While the objective data determines ranking, the outcome of the survey-led perception of respondents elucidates the institute’s popularity and performance as professed by students. 


How institutes fared:

Rank

Name of the Institution

Location

Input (325)

Process (400)

Output (200)

Total (925)

1

Indira Gandhi National Open University

New Delhi

210.00

258.12

124.25

592.38

2

Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University

Nashik

116.63

260.36

158.72

535.70

3

IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute

Ghaziabad

72.50

285.00

175.45

532.95

4

Sikkim Manipal University

Gangtok

139.04

284.96

105.54

529.54

5

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

Pune 

58.88

294.78

135.73

489.39

6

MP Bhoj (Open) University

Bhopal 

112.94

238.15

103.77

454.86

7

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU)

Hyderabad

104.74

210.00

139.98

454.71

8

Netaji Subhas Open University

Kolkata 

79.75

240.00

132.89

452.64

9

University of Mumbai (IDOL)

Mumbai 

35.58

262.35

149.59

447.53

10

Maharishi Dayanand University (DDE)

Rohtak 

85.83

195.00

144.64

425.47

11

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (DDE)

Hyderabad 

60.98

215.91

145.67

422.56

12

University of Delhi (SOL)

New Delhi 

74.20

235.00

111.25

420.45

12

Annamalai University (DDE)

Annamalainagar 

88.31

216.39

115.75

420.45

14

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University

Ahmedabad 

51.10

220.80

135.86

407.76

15

Karnataka State Open University

Mysore 

89.48

241.13

56.72

387.33

16

Acharya Nagarjuna University (CDE)

Guntur

52.62

215.00

105.51

373.13

17

The ICFAI University Sikkim

Gangtok

50.59

195.00

119.70

365.29

18

Osmania University (PGRRCDE)

Hyderabad

15.03

210.00

134.53

359.56

19

Alagappa University (DDE)

Karaikudi

63.05

235.00

57.50

355.55

20

Shivaji University (CDE)

Kolhapur 

23.00

175.00

141.18

339.18

21

The ICFAI University Tripura

West Tripura

52.92

195.00

88.68

336.60

22

SNDT - Women's University (CDE)

Mumbai

21.28

170.00

134.93

326.21

23

Himachal Pradesh University (ICDEOL)

Shimla

44.11

185.00

97.04

326.15

24

Tamil Nadu Open University

Chennai

83.64

145.09

82.20

310.92

25

University of Madras (IDE)

Chennai

30.09

210.00

62.50

302.59

26

Andhra University (SDE)

Vishakhapatnam

27.43

175.16

99.43

302.03

27

Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE)

Madurai

56.25

175.00

62.50

293.75

28

Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota

Kota

75.95

150.00

67.50

293.45

29

UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University

Allahabad

79.10

157.12

48.50

284.72

30

Uttarakhand Open University 

Haldwani

103.22

135.13

32.50

270.85

31

Nalanda Open University

Patna

45.23

70.00

113.97

229.20

32

Kurukshetra University (DDE)

Kurukshetra

22.06

105.00

52.50

179.56

33

University of Calicut (SDE)

Kozhikode

18.19

115.00

37.50

170.69

34

Patna University (DDE)

Patna

28.83

70.00

42.50

141.33

35

Kakatiya University (SDLCE)

Warangal

43.23

37.61

46.65

127.50

 

 
  Rankings based on:

Resources & Reach

Rank

Name of the Institution

Input (325)

1

Indira Gandhi National Open University

210.00

2

Sikkim Manipal University

139.04

3

Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra
Open University

116.63

4

Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE)

112.94

5

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University

104.74

6

Uttarakhand Open University 

103.22

7

Karnataka State Open University

89.48

8

Annamalai University (DDE)

88.31

9

Maulana Azad National
Urdu University (DDE)

85.83

10

Tamil Nadu Open University

83.64

11

Netaji Subhas Open University

79.75

12

University of Calicut (SDE)

79.10

13

Vardhman Mahaveer
Open University, Kota

75.95

14

University of Madras (IDE)

74.20

15

IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute

72.50

16

Alagappa University (DDE)

63.05

17

MP Bhoj (Open) University

60.98

18

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

58.88

19

Maharishi Dayanand University (DDE)

56.25

20

The ICFAI University Tripura

52.92

21

Acharya Nagarjuna University (CDE)

52.62

22

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University

51.10

23

The ICFAI University Sikkim

50.59

24

Nalanda Open University

45.23

25

Himachal Pradesh University (ICDEOL)

44.11

26

Kakatiya University (SDLCE)

43.23

27

UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University

35.58

28

University of Mumbai (IDOL)

30.09

29

Patna University (DDE)

28.83

30

Andhra University (SDE)

27.43

31

Shivaji University (CDE)

23.00

32

Kurukshetra University (DDE)

22.06

33

SNDT - Women's University (CDE)

21.28

34

University of Delhi (SOL)

18.19

35

Osmania University (PGRRCDE)

15.03

Learning experience

Rank

Name of the Institution

Process (400)

1

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

294.78

2

IMT Distance & Open Learning Institute

285.00

3

Sikkim Manipal University

284.96

4

UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University

262.35

5

Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra
Open University

260.36

6

Indira Gandhi National Open University

258.12

7

Karnataka State Open University

241.13

8

Netaji Subhas Open University

240.00

9

Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE)

238.15

10

Alagappa University (DDE)

235.00

10

University of Madras (IDE)

235.00

12

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University

220.80

13

Annamalai University (DDE)

216.39

14

MP Bhoj (Open) University

215.91

15

Acharya Nagarjuna University (CDE)

215.00

16

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open Univ.

210.00

16

Osmania University (PGRRCDE)

210.00

16

University of Mumbai (IDOL)

210.00

19

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (DDE)

195.00

19

The ICFAI University Sikkim

195.00

19

The ICFAI University Tripura

195.00

22

Himachal Pradesh University
(ICDEOL)

185.00

23

Andhra University (SDE)

175.16

24

Maharishi Dayanand University (DDE)

175.00

24

Shivaji University (CDE)

175.00

26

SNDT - Women's University (CDE)

170.00

27

University of Calicut (SDE)

157.12

28

Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota

150.00

29

Tamil Nadu Open University

145.09

30

Uttarakhand Open University 

135.13

31

University of Delhi (SOL)

115.00

32

Kurukshetra University(DDE)

105.00

33

Nalanda Open University

70.00

33

Patna University (DDE)

70.00

35

Kakatiya University (SDLCE)

37.61

Output

Rank

Name of the Institution

Output (200)

1

IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute

175.45

2

Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra
Open University

158.72

3

UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University

149.59

4

MP Bhoj (Open) University

145.67

5

Maulana Azad National
Urdu University (DDE)

144.64

6

Shivaji University (CDE)

141.18

7

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University

139.98

8

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University

135.86

9

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

135.73

10

SNDT - Women's University (CDE)

134.93

11

Osmania University (PGRRCDE)

134.53

12

Netaji Subhas Open University

132.89

13

Indira Gandhi National Open University

124.25

14

The ICFAI University Sikkim

119.70

15

Annamalai University (DDE)

115.75

16

Nalanda Open University

113.97

17

University of Madras (IDE)

111.25

18

Sikkim Manipal University

105.54

19

Acharya Nagarjuna University (CDE)

105.51

20

Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE)

103.77

21

Andhra University (SDE)

99.43

22

Himachal Pradesh University (ICDEOL)

97.04

23

The ICFAI University Tripura

88.68

24

Tamil Nadu Open University

82.20

25

Vardhman Mahaveer
Open University, Kota

67.50

26

Maharishi Dayanand University (DDE)

62.50

26

University of Mumbai (IDOL)

62.50

28

Alagappa University (DDE)

57.50

29

Karnataka State Open University

56.72

30

Kurukshetra University (DDE)

52.50

31

University of Calicut (SDE)

48.50

32

Kakatiya University (SDLCE)

46.65

33

Patna University (DDE)

42.50

34

University of Delhi (SOL)

37.50

35

Uttarakhand Open University 

32.50

METHODOLOGY FOR RANKING


The institutes in India offering distance education and online courses add to 198, of which we found that there are 28 institutes for which there is no clarity on the recognition status (as of 2012), as we cross-checked with the Distance Education Council (DEC) database. Thus our universe was restricted to 170 that are currently offering distance education programmes. Given the nature of operations of the institutes and lack of adequate data with the DEC as also the information available in the public domain, we shortlisted 50 institutions this year on the basis of student enrolment data (both annual and students on rolls) as well as on the basis of an online survey that got us over 1200 unique responses through Careers360 Facebook page.

We then sent letters to these 50 institutions and also visited select institutes and study centres to build a robust database. Based on the institute’s responses, secondary material such as Annual Reports, official website and DEC data, 35 institutes were finally chosen for the ranking purpose. Making use of our proprietary input-process-output ranking mode we arrived at the rankings in three categories (see Table). While the objective data determines ranking, the outcome of the survey-led perception of respondents elucidates the institute’s popularity and performance as professed by students.

Input (Resources & Reach)

325

No. of faculty (full-time)/total students on rolls

50

No. of academic counsellors/total students on rolls

75

Number of study centres/total students on rolls

50

Number of course offerings

50

Current Enrolment

100

Process (Learning Experience)

400

Quality of Course material (also based on recognition or accreditation by external agencies)

100

E-learning platform (presence/absence)

25

Quality of e-platform (verification by testing)

50

Telephone counselling availability (including effective Toll-free No.)

50

Audio Visual-based course materials (absence/presence)

10

Quantum of AV study material created

40

Exam schedule

25

Responsiveness (student friendliness & forthcoming)

50

Contact Classes

50

OUTPUT (Result & efficiency)

200

Pass ratio

100

Transparency

50

Unique Features/Special Projects/Awards

50

Total

925

The Research and Analysis team included Nitin Jindal, Dr. Nimesh Chandra, and Aeshwarya Tiwari. 

 

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