About Distance Education India

Distance Education is becoming popular in India at an exponential rate, given the current scenario. Distance education has bridged the gap between the universities and the disadvantaged segments of the society. It has helped us achieve the motive of making education available to a large cross-section of people. It has completely taken apart time and distance. This article will provide you all the information that is required to pursue the option of distance learning, including:

  • Courses
  • Duration of courses
  • Admission Procedure
  • Eligibility
  • Examination
  • Jobs & Careers Opportunities


Candidates can pursue any of the desired courses they want through distance learning. The top universities that provide the option of distance learning are:

University City
Indira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi
Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University Nashik
IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute Ghaziabad
Sikkim Manipal University (SMU DDE) Gangtok
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning Pune
MP Bhoj (Open) University Bhopal
Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) Hyderabad
Netaji Subhas Open University Kolkata
University of Mumbai (IDOL) Mumbai
Maharshi Dayanand University (DDE) Rohtak
Maulana Azad National Urdu University (DDE) Hyderabad
University of Delhi (SOL) New Delhi
Annamalai University (DDE) Annamalainagar
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University Ahmedabad
Karnataka State Open University Mysore
Acharya Nagarjuna University (CDE) Guntur
The ICFAI University Sikkim Gangtok
Osmania University (PGRRCDE – Prof. G. Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education) Hyderabad
Alagappa University (DDE) Karaikudi
Shivaji University (CDE) Kolhapur
The ICFAI University Tripura West Tripura
SNDT – Women’s University (CDE) Mumbai
Himachal Pradesh University (ICDEOL) Shimla
Tamil Nadu Open University Chennai
University of Madras (IDE) Chennai
Andhra University (SDE) Vishakhapatnam
Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE) Madurai
Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota Kota
UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University Allahabad
Uttarakhand Open University Haldwani
Nalanda Open University Patna
Kurukshetra University (DDE) Kurukshetra
University of Calicut (SDE) Kozhikode
Patna University (DDE) Patna
Kakatiya University (SDLCE) Warangal

Duration of Courses

Type of courses Duration
UG Courses B.Sc – 3 Years
B.Tech/B.E – 4 Years
PG Courses 2 Years
Diploma Courses 1 Year

Admission Procedure

Step 1 – Registration / Application: The first step towards taking admission in any institution requires the filling of the application form. The candidates are supposed to fill the application forms of the respective institution/ university, they want to enroll in and register under the desired course.

Step 2 –  Many institutes conduct a separate entrance examination for the admission and In order to take admission, the candidates are required to qualify the examination with the minimum marks (cutoff) specified.

Step 3 – Counseling: After the successful registration and qualifying the examination (if applicable) the candidates have to go through a series of counseling.

Step 4 – Take admission.


UG courses

  • Aspirants have to pass their 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with the minimum qualifying marks specified by the institute/ university/ organization.

PG courses

  • Aspirants have to pass their 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with the minimum qualifying marks specified by the institute/ university.
  • Aspirants must have a degree of graduation in their respective fields with the minimum qualifying marks specified by the institute/ university.

Diploma Courses

  • Aspirants must have passed the school along with the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)/ tenth standard/ equivalent


As mentioned earlier in section 4, some universities/ institutions conduct separate entrance tests for admissions and candidates are required to qualify that entrance in order to take admission. To be a part of the entrance test the candidates must abide by the series of step mentioned below:

  • Registration
  • Filling the application form (online or offline)
  • Submission and payment of application fee

Jobs & Careers Opportunities

Many people are hesitant about pursuing distance learning because they have the misconception that distance learning is not valued as much as the regular courses. This idea is completely wrong, there is no difference between the degree of distance learning and the regular courses and the career options are totally unbiased to both. There is an amazing scope of distance learning as it is valued the same as a regular course if pursued from a recognized university.