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Top 35 Universities/ Institutes for Distance Learning in India

This is a compilation of the best distance education universities (national open universities, state open universities, dual mode universities and autonomous institutes) in India.


With a population of more than 1.21 billion people (2011 census) and with 50% of its population below the age of 25 years, education is a major challenge in India. Apart from the only national Open University (IGNOU) and 13 state open universities (like Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University and Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), regular universities too now offer distance learning programmes through their “Directorates of Distance Education (DDE)” or “Centres of Distance Education (CDE)”. Such universities (dual mode universities) are serving the educational needs of millions of students in India.

Following is the list of the top distance learning universities and institutes in India that offer a wide variety of under-graduate and post-graduate courses:



University

City

Type of University

1

Indira Gandhi National Open University

New Delhi

National Open University

2

Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University

Nashik

State Open University

3

IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute

Ghaziabad

Autonomous Institute

4

Sikkim Manipal University (SMU DDE)

Gangtok

Dual Mode University

5

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

Pune

Autonomous Institute

6

MP Bhoj (Open) University

Bhopal

State Open University

7

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU)

Hyderabad

State Open University

8

Netaji Subhas Open University

Kolkata

State Open University

9

University of Mumbai (IDOL)

Mumbai

Dual Mode University

10

Maharshi Dayanand University (DDE)

Rohtak

Dual Mode University

11

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (DDE)

Hyderabad

Dual Mode University

12

University of Delhi (SOL)

New Delhi

Dual Mode University

12

Annamalai University (DDE)

Annamalainagar

Dual Mode University

14

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University

Ahmedabad

State Open University

15

Karnataka State Open University

Mysore

State Open University

16

Acharya Nagarjuna University (CDE)

Guntur

Dual Mode University

17

The ICFAI University Sikkim

Gangtok

Dual Mode University

18

Osmania University (PGRRCDE - Prof. G. Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education)

Hyderabad

Dual Mode University

19

Alagappa University (DDE)

Karaikudi

Dual Mode University

20

Shivaji University (CDE)

Kolhapur

Dual Mode University

21

The ICFAI University Tripura

West Tripura

Dual Mode University

22

SNDT - Women's University (CDE)

Mumbai

Dual Mode University

23

Himachal Pradesh University (ICDEOL)

Shimla

Dual Mode University

24

Tamil Nadu Open University

Chennai

State Open University

25

University of Madras (IDE)

Chennai

Dual Mode University

26

Andhra University (SDE)

Vishakhapatnam

Dual Mode University

27

Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE)

Madurai

Dual Mode University

28

Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota

Kota

State Open University

29

UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University

Allahabad

State Open University

30

Uttarakhand Open University

Haldwani

State Open University

31

Nalanda Open University

Patna

State Open University

32

Kurukshetra University (DDE)

Kurukshetra

Dual Mode University

33

University of Calicut (SDE)

Kozhikode

Dual Mode University

34

Patna University (DDE)

Patna

Dual Mode University

35

Kakatiya University (SDLCE)

Warangal

Dual Mode University

Top Distance Learning Universities in India for MBA

The following list comprises the names of Top Distance Learning Universities in India offering MBA programs. Many Regular Universities like Utkal University, University of Burdwan, University of Madras offer MBA programs in the distance education mode through their Distance Learning Centres. Some of the popular Distance Learning Universities in India for MBA programs are Amity School of Distance Learning, Annamalai University, Bharathidasan University, IGNOU and ICFAI University.

  • Amity School of Distance Learning
  • Alagappa University
  • Annamalai University (Directorate of Distance Education)
  • Bharathair University- School of Distance Education
  • Centre for Distance Education (CDE) (Anna University)
  • Bharathidasan University - Centre for Distance Education
  • Centre for Distance Education, Shivaji University
  • Centre for Open and Distance Education - Periyar Maniammai University
  • Centre of Distance and Continuing Education - Fakir Mohan University
  • Directorate of Distance & Continuing Education, Utkal University
  • Directorate of Distance Education, Guru Jambheshwar University
  • Directorate of Distance Education, University of Burdwan
  • Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU)
  • IASE University
  • ICFAI University
  • GITAM Centre for Distance Learning
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
  • Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras

Top Distance Learning Universities in India for MCA

The top Distance Learning Universities in India for MCA (Master's in Computer Applications) are Nalanda Open University, Distance Education Centre of Berhampur University, Institute of Distance & Open Learning (IDOL)- University of Mumbai, Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras and Directorate of Distance Education, Guru Jambheshwar University.

  • Amity School of Distance Learning
  • Directorate of Distance & Continuing Education - North Orissa University
  • Centre of Distance and Continuing Education - Fakir Mohan University
  • Centre for Distance Education (CDE) (Anna University)
  • Bharathidasan University - Centre for Distance Education
  • Directorate of Distance Education, Kurukshetra University
  • Directorate of Distance Education, Guru Jambheshwar University
  • School of Continuing & Distance Education, JNTU
  • School of distance Education Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Sikkim Manipal University (SMU)- Directorate of Distance Education
  • School of Distance Education, Andhra University
  • JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University
  • Jaipur National University - Distance Education
  • Maharshi Dayanand University Directorate of Distance Education
  • Nalanda Open University
  • Distance Education Centre of Berhampur University
  • Institute of Distance & Open Learning (IDOL)- University of Mumbai
  • Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras

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About Nishatha Abraham Bijeesh

Nishatha has been writing about education in India and abroad for the last 9 years. She has been in the digital marketing industry for 8+ years and specializes in content marketing. Nothing annoys her more than slow wi-fi, incorrect usage of the apostrophe and people mispronouncing her name. She prefers not to talk about herself in the third person, but reluctantly, had to do so here!

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