In today’s time, technology is at the forefront of everything that is being done-from something very small to something that is really big. The use of technology and the impact it creates can very well be seen in our day-to-day lives. Talking about the education industry, the use of technology is pertinent as it makes learning fun, quicker and engaging. Besides, it motivates the people of all age groups to become active learners.
Distance learning degrees offer a variety of benefits. Besides saving a lot of time, the distance learning programs offer a cheaper option for higher education. They also make it possible for students located in the far-off regions to pursue the course of their interest and thus, advance in their careers.
There are many students who are interested in pursuing online education programs in order to enhance their knowledge and expand their skill-set. Distance education programs offer a flexible way to study and the prestige of top-ranked universities, both at the same time.
The distance education programs offered by the U.S. universities are highly sought after by students all over the world as the cutting-edge distance learning methodologies deployed by the U.S. universities make it easier for the course participants to advance in their careers.
After the announcement made by University Grants Commission (UGC) regarding the minimum CGPA requirement of 3.26 on a scale of 4 to run distance education and online courses, the universities offering distance education courses are in a fix.
Affected by the move made by the UGC, several universities approached the Higher Education Department asking for the relaxation of norms. Considering the plight of affected universities, the Higher Education Department has urged UGC to relax norms so as to make it possible for state universities to run distance education and online courses. It also directed the affected seven universities to make separate representations to UGC as well.
Why Indian Universities are not making a Place in Top 100 Universities Around The World?
Our country, India, has a vast heritage since thousands of years. It has an incredible scholarly history that has given literacy a new level in India. Thousands of Indian minds are hired by various prestigious international organizations and firms every year. And it shows that how much people rely on Indian intelligence worldwide. However, in spite of the glorious history in educational sector, India could not get into the list of top 100 universities of the world. The recently done survey of times says that Indian universities are found nowhere in the 100 most prestigious colleges globally. Times Higher Education conducted this survey and listed the “top 100 most prestigious global universities in the latest” and none of the Indian universities could make it to the rundown.
The Future of Distance Learning in India
Distance learning these days, is a feasible option for individuals from all walks of life who at some or the other point in their life desire to get an education. In this digital age, where the entire ecosystem is on the internet with the advancement of technology the benefits enter in every industry. Education through distance mode has always been popular for those who want to upgrade their knowledge and skills timely.
Distance Education: Emergence and Trends
After independence, India had gained colossal ground in the field of education, which was, however, basically quantitative in nature. In prior days, teaching was accessible just to the elites in the public arena, and a huge greater part of poor and under-estimated individuals stayed unskilled. Political contemplations have a vital part in the development of advanced education, particularly at the state level. The state government experienced enormous weight from the general population to build up more universities and colleges. In a vote based society, even the solid governments think that it is extremely hard to oppose such pressures and are propelled to succumb to the same. These contemplations have prompted quick extension of advanced education in our nation, which thusly, have antagonistic effect upon its quality. Hence, keeping in mind the end goal to guarantee access and training of a sensibly decent quality, we must think about some option framework fit for supplementing the part of ordinary framework, and Distance Education is one of such options in today’s India.
Sikkim Manipal University
Sikkim Manipal University is a co-educational, public-private, funded university situated in Gangtok, Sikkim. Sikkim Manipal University was founded in the year 1995 and is recognized to be the first P3 educational and health care initiative in the Sikkim region. The University was established under the Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences Act (Act No. 10 of 1995). Sikkim Manipal University owns two campuses; one is the Medical Campus and the other one is the Technical Campus. The University is one of the most recognized private universities in India and is preferred by several students from various parts of the country. University Grants Commission has recognized Sikkim Manipal University under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act. So, the University is approved by the Government of India.
GST Impact on Distance Learning Higher Education
The importance of education in India can’t be underestimated due to the majority of the population below 25 years of age. Due to the large base of population and poverty Education should be easily available at less cost but because of implementation of GST (Goods and Service Tax) the regular higher education has been made costly and the same impact is replicating in Distance Education.