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  • An introduction to Distance MBA

    MBA has become one of the most treaded paths of the students as well as the working professionals as it reaps great fruit in terms of career. In present scenario, this golden degree is in great demand in the job market.

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    That over 3500 institutes in India today offer MBA education is the testimony of the huge demand for the management education in the country. MBA has become one of the most treaded paths for the young generation of students as well as the working professionals as it carries huge potential for career growth in the vibrant market and economy that India boasts of.

    While there are number of institutes which offer regular courses in MBA, it is not possible for all to pursue management programmes through regular classroom learning mode, with program duration of two years. For those who are unable to pursue regular classroom learning mode for want of time and high cost, Distance MBA may prove to be a viable alternative

    "The flexibility of delivery, affordability, scope for continuous learning and easy accessibility make distance MBA a very attractive option for today's youth and working executives. The working professionals look towards distance learning as a viable alternative to full time MBA," says Dr. Swati Mujumdar, Director, Symbiosis Center For Distance Learning (SCDL).

    The basic difference between a Regular MBA and a Distance Learning MBA is that of the classroom study. There are proper classes in a Regular MBA, whereas in Distance Learning MBA there is no compulsion for classroom study. Even a student from a far flung area can go for Distance MBA offered by prestigious B-schools.

    Some of the other factors, which differentiate Distance Learning MBA and Regular MBA, are:

    Time
    Regular MBA has classroom sessions and the students thus, are bound to attend classes. On the other hand, Distance MBA lends flexibility of time. Those who cannot afford to do full time MBA, either because they are working or any personal reason can opt for Distance MBA. While doing Full time MBA, a person is fully immersed in his studies and expected to give his full time and concentration to it, Distance MBA seekers, in most of the cases, learn while they earn.


    Pedagogy

    Full time or Regular MBA is a face-to-face instruction medium. Students need to go to the classrooms and attend classes, whereas in Distance MBA, there is nothing like a frequent classroom study. Various ICT (Information Communication Technology) methods are used for Distance Learning mode. Distance MBA institutes use technologies to fill the gap between Regular MBA and Distance MBA. The various Education Technologies being used by the eminent Distance Learning MBA Institutes today includes E-learning, online chats with professors, Video Conferencing, CD’s and DVD’s provided by the institutes, online (digital) library etc.

    The reading material, e-learning and personal contact programs create a hybrid learning environment for students.

    “The wider introduction of Satellite based education and entry of IT based companies in distance education has improved its quality in last few years,” says Dr. Raj Agrawal, Director, Centre for Management Education, All India Management Association.

    Dr. A M Sherry, Director IMT-CDL, agrees. He says that “Increased use of latest technology for the delivery of lectures, online study material, online assignments and online examinations in distance management education has made it convenient for working professionals as they do not have to attend face-to-face lectures, read printed study material, submit offline assignments and appear in offline examinations.”


    Fee Structure

    One of the biggest advantages of the Distance MBA programmes is its low fee structure. Regular MBA is much more costly than Distance MBA. For example, SCDL fee for Post Graduate Diploma program is Rs 30,000 and for one year Post graduate Diploma program is Rs 18,000.

    The fee at IMT-CDL is Rs One lakh for 2-Year PGDM Program, Rs.50,000 for 1-Year PG Diploma Programs and Rs 60,000 for PGDM (Executive) Program.

    On the other hand, fees for regular MBA in most of the institutes are more than Rs 5-6 lakh. Moreover, Distance learning MBA eliminates cost incurred on travelling, infrastructure and a variety of other expenses.


    Recognition & Value

    Although Management education is in great demand these days, still distance MBA is not valued much in the market today. But Dr. Mujumdar of Symbiosis feels that the Distance MBA fits perfectly with the needs and aspirations of the individuals as well as the corporates. “The Distance MBA provides a unique opportunity to the people working full time, to pursue higher education and upgrade their skill sets. The companies also stand to gain as the distance learner, though not studying in a conventional model, keeps himself abreast with the new and innovative practices in Management through the online learning program,” she says

    But she adds that “For distance learning programs to be valued in the market, it is important for the institutes to make the curricula relevant and in line with the current market trends.”

    Dr. Raj Agrawal also says that continuous upgrading quality as per industry requirement, wider use of IT and satellite based education for virtual classes, upgradation of courses as per global requirement, will be some of the major challenges for distance MBA programs in the coming years.

    In India, there are many quality institutes which offer Distance MBA programs. The key players in the Distance MBA domain include AIMA-CME, IMT-CDL, Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning, NMIMS-SDL, IGNOU, Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education, to name a few.

    The key players in the Distance MBA domain:

    Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning
    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) is located in the heart of India’s premier educational centre, the city of Pune. SCDL emphasizes on a constantly evolving curriculum which is at par with the full time educational programs and meets the latest needs of a fast growing economy and progressive society.

    SCDL has various programs for graduates and working Executives. The different types of programs feature PGDBA (With various specializations), PGDHRM, PGDIT, PGDEA.

    IMT-CDL
    IMT-Centre for Distance Learning, Ghaziabad offers a wide range of management and information technology programmes. The institute updates its curriculum on a regular basis to be in pace with the fast moving educational world.

    The institute offers 2-Year PGDM, 1-Year PGDM (Executive) and 1-Year PG Diploma in Business Administration, Human Resource, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Supply Chain Management and Cyber Security. All these programs are recognized by Distance Education Council, Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

    Various education technologies are used by the institute to conduct the classes and make the course at par with the Full time courses.

    NMIMS-SDL
    Since 1981, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Sciences, Mumbai, also known as NMIMS offers courses / programs across various disciplines, such as Management, Technology, Science, Pharmacy, Architecture and Commerce. NMIMS-SDL, a branch of NMIMS has over the years gained a position among the top league players in the Distance Education field.

    It offers 2 year Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes and 1 year Diploma programs in various functional specializations of Management, such as, DBM - Diploma in Business Management, DHRM - Diploma in Human Resource Management, PGDBM - Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, PGDHRM - Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and many more.

    IGNOU
    Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), since its establishment in 1985, has contributed to a great extent to the educational world through Distance Learning Mode. The different MBA programs offered by IGNOU include MBA, MBA (Banking and Finance), MBA (Social Entrepreneurship), and MBA (Corporate Training).

    To take admission in IGNOU, for management programs, a student need to undergo an OPENMAT entrance exam, held by IGNOU, twice a year. The mode of study adopted by the institute is also very flexible. The institute provides students with continuous evaluation and feedback. Students are given project work which helps them to learn and gain practical and relevant knowledge. Students are evaluated in the form of tutor-marked and computer-marked assignment, projects, term-end examination etc.


    AIMA

    Established in 1993, Centre for Management Education (CME), the education wing of AIMA function as a full-fledged autonomous business school, devoted to providing high quality management education through distance learning mode with a network of Nodal Centers across the country. CME offers various post graduate management programmes using state-of-the-art technology and flexible learning to suit the need of different levels of Managers.
    The Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is the flagship program of CME which has regularly been approved by AICTE, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India since 1994. CME also offers Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (PGDITM) and Post graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM). The programs of the institute are known for their quality.

    The Centre launched Ph.D. program in association with Aligarh Muslim University in January 2000; since then it has become a very prestigious programme in the academic and corporate circle and with the professionals with academic inclination. All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has given approval for 1500 seats in PGDM and 750 seats in PGDITM.

    SMU-DE
    Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education (SMU-DE) offers diverse range of Distance MBA programs including Under Graduate, Post Graduate Diploma and Master Programs.

    The programs are made accessible through more than 725 University authorized Learning Centers across the country. The various programs offered by the institute include MBA (Finance) and MBA (Banking).

    Looking for Distance MBA programmes? Click 'MORE DETAILS' below
    • AIMA-CENTRE FOR MANAGEMENT EDUCATION

      Location: Delhi

      Contact No.: 9312266597, 24645100, 43128100

      Email ID: pgdm@aima-ind.org

      Address: AIMA-CME, Management House, 14 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003

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      School Snapshot

      The All India Management Association (AIMA) was created as an apex body of professional management with active support of the Government of India and Industry in 1957. It is a federation of Local Management Associations , affiliating 58 LMAs across the country and two Co-operating management associations i.e. Qatar Indian Management Association and Mauritius Management Association. It also has linkages with over 3000 institutions and over 30,000 individual professionals directly and through network of the Local Management Associations. AIMA`s activities include Distance management Education, management Development Programs, national Events, Competitions, Research, Publication and Testing Services. It maintains close links with a number of overseas professional institutions like the American Management Association, Chartered Institute of Management (UK), all the National Management Organizations in the Asia Pacific Region and St Gallen University of Switzerland among others.
    • College Of Management & Economics Studies, University of Petroleum Energy Studies, Dehradun

      Location: Delhi / NCR

      Contact No.: 09557899090, 08410080040, 1800-102-8737, 011- 41730151/52/53 ext. 203

      Email ID: skohli@upes.ac.in

      Address: Campus Address: Energy Acres, P.O. Bidholi via-Prem Nagar, Dehradun-248007
      Enrolments office: PHD House, 3rd Floor, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi - 10016

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      University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) is India`s and Pan Asia`s first Energy & Core Sector University. UGC approved and NAAC accredited, UPES offers 75 management, engineering & law programs to more than 6200 students in the high growth sectors. Recently honored as "Outstanding Petroleum University" at Houston, USA, this statutory University was established in 2003 through an Act (UPES Act, 2003) of the State Legislature of Uttarakhand. Its picturesque 30-acre spacious Campus in Dehradun provides congenial environment for a healthy academic, professional and personal growth. Within a decade, UPES has emerged as a world-class institution; dedicated to developing super-specialized, ready to deploy managers and engineers for Industry. The University believes in grooming overall personality of students to become industry ready professionals in specific domains.

      UPES CoMES MBA Program Offerings

      UPES offers 8 specialized MBA programs in the high growth sectors of Power, Energy Trading, Infrastructure, Aviation, Port & Shipping, Business Analytics and International Business.

      MBA Programs offered at UPES are as follows:

      MBA Energy Trading

      Masters in Energy Economics

      MBA Port & Shipping

      MBA Aviation Management

      MBA Power Management

      MBA Infrastructure Management

      MBA International Business

      MBA Business Analytics

      Candidates can apply for UPES MBA programs through

      National Level Tests (CAT/MAT/GMAT/CMAT)

      For MBA Power Management / Energy Trading / International Business : Students having minimum CAT/XAT score of 75 percentile or MAT score of 80 Percentile will be called directly for Group Discussion & Interview. Valid CMAT 2014 scores will also be accepted.

      For MBA Port & Shipping Management / Aviation Management / Infrastructure Management/ Business Analytics :Students having minimum CAT/XAT score of 70 Percentile or MAT score of 75 Percentile will be directly for Group Discussion & Interview. Valid CMAT 2014 scores will also be accepted.

      PLEASE NOTE:

      Candidates are requested to bring all original documents (Class 10th, 12, & Graduation) for the verification process along with Rs.1750 in cash for prospectus and application form along with one passport size photograph.

      GD PI schedule available at 

      http://www.upes.ac.in/admission-alertdetail.aspx?mpgid=125&pgidtrail=125&aid=52&alertid=3

      UPES MBA GDPI calendar for the month of  June 2014

      Location

      Date of Interview

      Reporting Time

      Venue Address

      Contact Person

      Delhi

      07-June-2014

      9:30 AM

      University of Petroleum & Enengy Studies
      PHD House, 3rd Floor
      4/2, Siri Institutional Area
      August Kranti Marg
      New Delhi - 110016
      011-41730151-52

      Mr.Sandeep Kohli
      M: 9810571225/

      9711602214
      email: 

      skohli@upes.ac.in

      Dehradun

      07-June-2014

      9:00 AM

      University of Petroleum & Energy Studies
      Bidholi Campus : Energy Acres,
      P.O.Bidholi Via-Prem Nagar
      Dehradun - 248007 0135-2102549/09557899090

      Mr.Vikram Singh Tomar
      M : - 9719107779
      email :vstomar@upes.ac.in

      Kolkata

      07-June-2014

      9:00 AM

      Rotary Sadan 94/2, Chowringee Road Exide Crossing Kolkata - 700020 (Adjust to Nehru Childerns Museum)

      Mr. Abhishek Ray M : - 09051016149
      Land Line : 033-60501145/46 
      aray@utm.ac.in

      Mumbai

      07-June-2014

      9:00 AM

      St.Xavier`s College 5 Mahapalika 
      Marg Next to Chattrapati Shivaji 
      Terminus Mumbai

      Mr.Rupesh Jagtap M :- 9890699902
      email :rmjagtap@upes.ac.in

      Hyderabad

      08-Jun-2014

      9:00 AM

      Hotel Minerva Grand
      Beside Manju Theater
      Sarojini Devi Road
      Secunderabad
      040-66117373

      Mr.Sandeep Kohli M :- 9810571225/

      9711602214 email : skohli@upes.ac.i

       

    • INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY - CENTRE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

      Location: Ghaziabad

      Contact No.: +91-0120-3015465, 81, 90, 93

      Email ID: admissions@imtcdl.ac.in

      Address: A-16, Site 3, UPSIDC Industrial Area, Meerut Road, Ghaziabad - 201 003

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      IMT - CDL has been recognised by Distance Education Council, Government of India. IMT - CDL has been contributing to this educational revolution in its own way. Fully alive to the emerging challenge, the Centre has been in the forefront establishing a lead through preparing managers of tomorrow with distinct vision blended with technology and skills.
    • myBskool

      Location: Chennai

      Contact No.: 95000 91515 / +91 44 4269 1990, +91 44 2834 5966 , 87545 99121

      Email ID: info@mybskool.com

      Web Site:

      Address: Admission Officer, ThinkBig Edu-Venture (India) Pvt. Ltd. Flat No.3, 3rd floor, Zion Complex, No.5, Tirumalai Pillai Road, T-Nagar, Chennai-17

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      `Life does not stop after College So, why should learning?`

      When a group of thought leaders in both academics and business started pondering this seemingly surreal question, the result was the formation of ThinkBig Edu - Venture (India) Pvt Ltd.
      The vision of ThinkBig Edu Venture is to empower and facilitate a global student base to learn from the very best educators and institutions regardless of subject matter, location and time.
      myBskool.com is an online initiative of ThinkBig Edu Ventures focused on bringing contemporary Management Studies to a global audience.
      This Executive MBA Program is designed such that working professionals aspiring for a Management Qualification from a Premier B-School need not take a break from their career, but still acquire a prestigious Management Qualification with the `Portable Classroom` learning model of myBskool.com.
      Supported with close to 6000+ Audio Listeners , 1500+ Video lectures, this program blends the academic rigour of a Premier B-School with the flexibility of online learning.

      IMT-Ghaziabad, consistently ranked within the top 10 B-Schools in the country and widely recognized by the Corporate Sector.

      Course Highlights:

      1. No break from Work
      2. Anytime, Anywhere learning
      3. Video lectures delivered by management gurus and practicing managers
      4. Case Study discussions
      5. Exhaustive Study Material
      6. Fully collaborative features for interaction and social learning

    • SVKM`s NARSEE MONJEE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES
      School of Distance Learning

      Location: Mumbai

      Contact No.: 091-022 65273623, 42355515/17

      Email ID: admission.sdl@nmims.edu

      Address: SVKM`s NMIMS University, the School of Distance Learning, V. L. Mehta Road,Vile Parle (W), Mumbai - 400 056.India.

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      NMIMS is one of the first generation management institutions of the country, which had launched distance education programs for upgrading the professional skills of those engaged in various corporate houses. The School of Distance Learning at NMIMS prepares students for a world in which information and economic environments are becoming globalized and creating manpower to meet the corporate demands. As a result the SDL is committed to avail the support of technologically-enhanced teaching- learning opportunities and using multi-channel delivery modes for learning. The SDL reaches out to a community of learners by creating an environment that students find to be characterized by quality, convenience, timeliness and accuracy. The wide variety of programs offered by SDL meets the diversified professional needs of executives at all levels in an organization.

      . Study Centers across India
      . Well designed Self Instructional Study Material
      . Support through Personal Contact Programs
      . Online Support
      . Audio CDs(Summarized Course Presentation)
      . Modern Learning Resource Center
      . Continuous Evaluation of Learners performance
      . Opportunity of handling live projects