Distance learning is a system wherein teachers and learners need not to be present at the same time and place.
In the present situation, the distance learning education has become one of the most preferred choice among the students. It is a flexible technique which offers modalities and timing of teaching and learning. Here is the list of top 5 distance learning education universities in India:
1.Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU): Founded in the year 1985, this is the most popular distance learning education in India.It currently offers 130 academic programmes in certificate, diploma, degree (Bachelors, Masters & Doctoral) levels. It also serves the educational aspirations of about 1.5 million students in India and 35 countries abroad through 11 Schools of Studies and an elaborate network of 58 regional centres, 7 sub- regional centres, 1400 study centres, and 41 overseas centres.
2. The Sikkim Manipal University: The Sikkim Manipal University of health, Medical and Technological sciences, located in Gangtok, Sikkim was established in 2001. The university is well known for imparting the distance learning education programmes in Masters, Bachelors, Diploma and PG Diploma levels in various disciplines like IT, Management studies etc.
3. Symbiosis Centre for distance learning (SCDL): Founded in 2001, the university provides distance learning to students in India and abroad. Currently the student strength is more than one lakh across 48 countries. It offers Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma and certificate programmes across various disciplines including Business Management, International business, Information technology, Banking and Finance, Supply Chain and other management courses.
4. Punjab Technical University(PTU): PTU is owned and operated by state Government university. It was established in the year 1997. The university is known for the advancement of technical education and imparts the education through the process of distance learning. It has more than 380 engineering and architecture, management and hotel management pharmacy colleges.
5. Annamalai University: Established in 1979, it is located in Tamil Nadu. It offers more than 501 different programmes of study. It has also the unique distinction of offering first in India, Postgraduate Degree Programmes in Applied Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology etc.