Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Best institute to pursue MBA in distance mode

Dear Friends,

Various readers have asked me my feedback and suggestion on distance learning institutes for MBA and time to time I recommended them Pondicherry mostly. I do not have any special attachment about Pondicherry university but I must explain all of you why have I recommended it.
1.       Why I recommend Pondicherry University over most of the distance learning universities in India?
By now, the regular readers of my blog must have understood about distance education, process and validity. Those who are not aware may read my following articles. 

So the thing is that
Central university has jurisdiction all over India to offer education in distance mode hence its degree becomes valid.
There is a least chance that degree of a central university will not be recognized by UGC or DEB as central universities are established by Ministry of HRD, government of India and always are high in quality, also these universities are 100% funded by Government.

2.       Pondicherry University
a.       It is a central university.
b.      It is among top 10 universities in India
c.       It is highly reputed
d.      It is not involved in commercialization of education
e.      It has compulsory PCP (classes on weekends) and 75% attendance is mandatory for III and IV semester i.e. specialization semester
f.        You may start with PG diploma of 1 year and then you may get lateral entry into MBA second year. This flexibility is very good who are not able to decide whether to go for MBA or not.
g.       Its almost 60-70% faculties are with corporate experience so chances of getting practical knowledge is more
h.      Its exam pattern is 80% theory and 20% compulsory case study which is better than many university’s evaluation pattern.
i.        It has exam centre in almost all cities
j.        It has distance as well as twinning programme. In distance, you need to attend around 8-10 weeks of PCP whereas twinning is part time where you need to attend class every weekend.
k.       It is very economical. Since it is fully funded by central government, the total cost for MBA comes to around 35-40,000 which is very low.
l.        Good in student support
m.    Valid for higher education in India and abroad
n.      A grade by NAAC (an independent assessment body of UGC)
o.      Valid for attestation by Ministry of HRD
p.      A MBA not a diploma, so adds better advantage
q.      Many people in corporate are from Pondicherry so it has its own brand value (definitely not a top B school but a good university)
r.        Valid for UGC Net/ Ph.D and other programmes
s.       Irrespective of the your address, you can appear for exam from any centre so great flexibility in case you change your job to other cities/ gets transferred
t.        Fee of Rs. 4925 only for the entire programme (except exam fee) for physically challenged
u.      50% tuition fee discount (i.e. fee other than study materials, centre, exam etc) for prisoner, women, transgender, widows, defence personnel so making it cheaper than an ordinary courses, so almost discount of Rs. 10,000
v.       You may appear for all 4 semester exam together at the end of the 2 year or whenever you decide, so if you miss anything, you do not waste your year
w.     You may attend classes anywhere in India, no restriction

3.       Disadvantages
a.       Study materials may not be of very high quality
b.      Passing exam is not very easy. 50% people drop after completing 1st year due to non commitment
c.       No mass copy/ malpractices reported so far
d.      Few faculties may be too theoretical, few centres may not be that much good
e.      Centres not available outside India
f.        Poor network in northern India
g.       Courses offered to fresher also which is bad. MBA should be offered to people with experience only and distance courses should be offered only those with minimum 3 years corporate experience.
h.      Not good for freshers as this degree may not help them to fetch them a job.

Exam centres:
1.       Puducherry
2.       Chennai
3.       New Delhi
4.       Madurai
5.       Bangalore/ Bengaluru
6.       Kochi
7.       Hyderabad
8.       Bhubaneshwar
9.       Lucknow
10.   Guwahati
11.   Jammu
12.   Port Blair
13.   Coimbatore
14.   Trivandrum
15.   Vishakhapatnam
16.   Vadodara (Baroda)
17.   Mumbai
18.   Indore
19.   Chandigarh
20.   Guntur
21.   Mahe
22.   Karaikal
23.   Tirupati
24.   Yanam
25.   Kolkata
26.   Jaipur
27.   Sikkim
28.   Vijaywada

Courses offered:
MBA in marketing
MBA in Finance
MBA in international business
MBA general management (so specific specialization)
MBA Retail Management
MBA Tourism Management
MBA Operation and Supply Chain Management
MBA Insurance Management
MBA Hospital Management
PG Diploma (duration: 2 Semester)
PG Diploma in marketing management
PG Diploma in Human Resources Management
PG diploma in Financial Management
PG Diploma in Business Administration

After completing the PG Diploma, you may get lateral entry into 2nd year of MBA

Duration: 2 years i.e. 4 semester
For MBA hospital Management:
Bachelor of Pharmacy or BAMS, MBBS and any other field related to pharmacy, paramedical, medical, life sciences or any graduate with 2 years experience in hospital

For other specialization: Any graduate

Fee: 25000 for entire 2 years MBA except exam fee and around 55000 for MBA in hospital management
What do you want now?
Do you want to pay 60000 to 1.5 lakhs to unrecognized low grade ICFAI, Sikkim Manipal and such other degree universities when you are getting much superior MBA at 1/4th of the cost?

Deadline: Please apply by 14th February 2014 (They may extend the date) admission opens twice a year, next will be between June to September.

How to apply:
Please apply online at The university does not have any admission centre,  any study centre, franchisee who sells the degree. This is the difference.

All questions and comments are welcome
Mumbai, February 5, 2014

Special Thanks to Prakash Devendiran for reminding me to post an article about this. 

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