How to Choose a Distance Education Institute Located in India

It’s not rocket science to understand the reasons behind growing popularity of Distance Education. With technology bridging former gaps, the degrees earned through this venue are rapidly growing in popularity. Unlike standard Educational Institutions they impart practical skills and allows a student the freedom to work while Continuing an Education. But the more the success, the more the dangers that surface, albeit of a different nature.


With the increasing popularity of distance education providers, many less than honest institutions are offering promises and fancy course names. Whether they can deliver on these claims is another issue altogether. That’s why it’s very important that students do a thorough background check on institutes to authenticate their validity. As seen in a leading national daily on one such institute.

Upon research a student had found that the institute had its offices in a garage in Punjab managed by 4 crooks laundering money in the name of admissions.



Money, time, institute and the degree are all precious. It can make or break your career. So here are a few pointers that you should follow before you take the plunge on a new institute.

Steps

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    Make sure that the institution is recognized by a university or the University Grants Commission (UGC)[1].
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    Go to the institute’s website and check the details like approvals, recognitions, contact numbers etc and call up the numbers to authenticate their validity.
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    Go to the UGC[1] website or the corresponding university website to see if this institute features in their list of affiliated places.
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    Make sure they have a valid website. Institutions that do not have a website of their own is a strict no-no.
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    Validate the courses by a third party. All courses offered should be validated by the Distance Educational Council (DEC). The institute may just have one course authenticated but may be offering many more.
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    It’s better if the institute you are interested in is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU)[2]. You can get the details from AIU[2] site.
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    If possible visit the place where the institute says it is headquartered.
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    If visiting physically is not a valid option, then at least make sure you do a Google Earth search to locate the place and do some aerial surveillance. If the institute is for real it will be visible.
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    Ask your friends and your relatives or ask on Facebook, or even a web portal about this institute and if anybody has heard about the same.
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    Find out how long they have been an institute.
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    Try to get hold of an alumni who have graduated from a particular university to learn their prospects and the nature of education provided.

Tips

  • It’s always better to go with the established and the reputed especially when they are the leaders in the field.
  • Do not stick to just one of the above guidelines, it's recommended you use as many validation processes as possible.

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Categories: Distance Learning