Selecting the right Distance MBA: Sikkim Manipal University - Distance Education, as part of its special series on ‘Distance MBA Programs’ brings to you this exclusive article on Sikkim Manipal University., as part of its special series on ‘Distance MBA Programs’ brings to you this exclusive article on Sikkim Manipal University. The Distance Education department of SMU offers diverse range of Distance MBA programs to cater to the growing demand among working professionals.

Sikkim Manipal University is the result of a unique partnership between the Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education.

Speaking about Distance MBA, Anand Sudarshan, MD & CEO, Manipal Education said, “Distance Learning in MBA lends flexibility and convenience to the distance MBA takers. They get an option to learn online while doing their jobs.”
The MBA Programs offered by the University are:
MBA (Finance)
MBA (Banking)
Career Opportunities
After the completion of the programs of 18 months duration, the students can get career opportunities in the following fields:

• Corporate Banking
• Retail Banking
• Priority Banking
• Treasury
• Financial Institutions
Talking about the pedagogy of SMU-DE, Anand Sudarshan mentions, “The modular structure of the course with learning outcomes makes studying possible anywhere, anytime. Technology supports like Industry mentor chat, Webinars, academic mentor chats, videos, blogs, discussion forum, small group mentoring, newsletters helps to plan time better and more efficiently.”
SMU puts the students at the core of an experience that combines three distinct learning delivery systems:
• Self Learning: The industry endorsed self learning material is delivered in print to the correspondence address of the student. In addition, the student will be made available the same in digital format online (embedded with rich media) and access to over a million journals and books.

• EduNxt: EduNxt is a Technology infused Learning System. EduNxt empowers students with anywhere, anytime access whereby the students have a control of portable campus on their fingertips at all times. 

• Personal Contact Programs (PCP): Under this the university gives the students, the opportunity to interact with industry experts on a one-on-one basis. Get to know more about the industry and build contacts.

G.G. Loganathan, a banking professional with three decades of industry experience said, “MBA in Banking & Finance conducted by SMU-DE is an excellent conception with a comprehensive cutting edge contents with contemporary subjects in Banking and Finance.”

The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.
Fee Structure
There are various programs and fees vary but is affordable to all. The fees for MBA programs are Rs. 12,500 per semester inclusive of Exam Fee of Rs.800.

Application Process:
SMU follows a step-wise application process for admission to programs in Distance MBA. After deciding the program you want to pursue, you should download the prospectus from the institute’s website. Then visit the nearest learning centre to purchase the application form. The application form must be filled completely. Required documents mentioned in the application must be duly attached. The application form with the required documents has to be submitted at the learning center, along with the course fee.

Important Dates:
The application process starts In February and ends in August every year. Hence, the prospective students are advised to check the Regional or National newspaper along with the University website.

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