The online education courses are now well-eminent in almost all educational, professional, and economic fields in India, and countries worldwide. However, the most preferred distance education courses are those courses which are dully recognized by the concerned national and international agencies or bodies, and possess highly rich and employment-oriented study curriculums. Again, these online education programs are most popular among the working students, engaged professionals, busy businesspersons, housewives, physically challenged persons, and other unemployed persons of financially poor backgrounds. The degrees offered by these education courses online, at diverse academic levels, can serve as a basic degree in certain discipline, an additional degree in the same stream of career or profession, a rich and prolific qualification in any related field to one’s profession or business, a degree for starting a business of one’s own, a degree for making employment faster and richer, and a degree for getting faster promotions in profession. Moreover, the gamut of disciplines and subjects covered by these online education courses at diverse levels, is now rather extensive and diversified, in order to meet the varying requirements of persons in almost all fields of academics, professions, business and commerce, industries, and services. These are the main reasons that these online education courses are now immensely popular in countries all round the whole world.
Top Distance Education Courses in India
In India, about 300 online education courses are rendered efficiently by about 175 institutions and universities, at the levels of undergraduate, graduate and associate, postgraduate, and doctoral. The subjects and fields encompassed by these courses are all most popular subjects in countries of the world over, to draw foreign students and professionals also. These online education courses in india, are properly recognized, regulated, and constantly updated by the Distance Education Council [DEC] of India; and the curriculums of these courses are approved by bodies like AICTE, MCI, BCI, NCTE, INC, PCI, etc.
Today, the hugest popular distance education courses in India (and also in most of the affluent and fast progressing countries of the world) are the following: --- Business Management; Information Technology; Sciences; Mass Communication and Journalism; Engineering and Technology; Arts and Humanities; Law and Paralegal; Accounts and Commerce; Social Sciences; Life Sciences; Biotechnology; Languages and Literature; Entrepreneurship; Tourism and Hospitality; Fashion Technology; Library and Information Science; Internet and Multimedia; Religious Studies; Rural Development; e-Business and Commerce; Agricultural and Horticultural Development; Medical Assisting; Insurance; Banking and Finance; Health and Nutrition; Hospital Administration; and many other scientific, technical, and non-technical subjects.
Here, it may also be added that, the most reputed and top universities and institutes of India in connection with the online education courses, are the following, at present:
- Indira Gandhi National Open University [IGNOU], New Delhi
- Annamalai University [DDE], Annamalai Nagar (Tamil Nadu)
- Osmania University, Hyderabad
- Sikkim Manipal University [SMU-DE], Manipal
- Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning [SCDL], Pune
- University of Madras, Chennai
- Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
- Karnataka State Open University, Mysore
- IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute, Ghaziabad
- Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University, Nasik
- Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad
- University of Mumbai, Mumbai
- University of Delhi [SOL], New Delhi
- ICFAI University, Tripura
- University of Pune, Pune
- Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata
- Alagappa University, Karaikudi (Tamil Nadu)
- Nalanda Open University, Patna
- Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar