The title of the blog is itself explanatory and tell the whole story. I know, as a working professional, we think that we should get a business degree from a reputed university and after reading newspaper advertisement and google adsense suggested advertisement, we think about SCDL (Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning) programme. We think- it is reputed and we are treated at par with the Symbiosis students but it is not the fact.
SCDL is a big cheating.
How, let me explain it here.
1. SCDL (Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning) is different from Symbiosis International University.
Symbiosis is a very reputed name for its Post Graduate Management Programme and featured in the top ranked institute. Wait, This ranking is only for the full time MBA programme and not for the distance learning programme from SCDL.
SCDL is neither part of Symbiosis International University nor it is a department of this deemed university.
Please refer SCDL's website. It tell the truth
2. Methodology of delivering full time MBA programme at Symbiosis Intrnational University is different than of the SCDL (Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning)
SCMHRD (Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development (SCMHRD, part of Symbiosis International University) offer the course on Case study method based (The best way of imparting management education) whereas the assessment methodology of SCDL is based on 1 question and opting an answer from multiple choice. Due to this, people feel it is easy to pass the diploma but they never get the required skills for the job.
3. Symbiosis declared SCMHRD and other department as a part of Symbiosis International University but it does not declare SCDL as a part of Symbiosis International University.
Please see the picture below: I have highlighted the portion.
4. SCDL violates the Distance Education Council and UGC guideline and with nexus to DEC, it has wrongly got the approval
Let us look at what the Distance Education Council's guideline of establishing and operation of Distance and Open Learning Institute says ?
Para 2 (of handbook of 2006):
1. Institutions that need Approval:
I. INSTITUTIONS THAT NEED APPROVAL
Further, see the guideline on management education through distance mode by DEC
The minimum entry qualification to the Post-Graduate Programme in Management is that a candidate should be a graduate in any discipline recognised by the Association of Indian Universities and should be employed at managerial/supervisory positions. A post qualification experience of 2 years at the managerial/supervisory level may be considered desirable.
The students of Post Graduate Programme be admitted through entrance test. The written test should assess:
" Reasoning ability
" Comprehension and vocabularies
" General knowledge and
" Quantitative abilities
to check preparedness of a student to undertake management studies. In addition to the above, it could also examine the students capability to learn through Distance Mode. The short listing of candidates may be done according to merit prepared on the basis of total profile which may include :
" performance in written test
" work experience
" previous academic records
" performance in group discussion and interview.
Written test should have at least 75% weightage in overall admission procedure. Where admission is not done on the basis of an All India entrance test, it would be desirable that candidate possesses minimum 50% marks in qualifying examination (Bachelor Degree).
Considering the learning experience to be provided to the students, the duration of MBA level Programme in Management should be minimum 3 years.
The intake of students to MBA Programme in a single year should be decided according to the infrastructure available with the Institutes, number of study centres, human resource available, audio/video support and library facilities etc. However, for the new institutions the number of the students intake should be kept to the minimum of 500 in the initial stage.
Now let us see how Sikkim Manipal University as well as many other universities are violating this and making money.
Please note: I have not done any course from SCDL or never intend do so. I do not have any grudge against them either. I am observing this for several year and for larger interest of the education, people and to stop commercialisation of the education, I am publishing this.
Whatever apply to SCDL, same apply to distance learning programme of IMT CDL, Welingkar, Balaji and such other institute. However I am neutral on quality of knowledge imparted in IMT CDL.
All queries are welcome.