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Beware: B.Tech Distance Education Trap

Engineering is one of the top most career option after 10+2 in India. Every year thousands of students dream of becoming an engineer. Universities like IIT, VTU etc are top most choices among engineering aspirants. Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) is the most popular degree course that students wants to pursue after their 10+2. Usually students prefer to go for a regular degree program but there are a large number of students who consider to join B.Tech through distance education mode and got trapped by universities running B.Tech courses which are not recognized by any legal authority in India. Our today's post is dedicated to educate B.Tech aspirants, why they should not join a B.Tech degree course through distance education.

AICTE is the epic body which recognize technical courses running in regular study mode but up till now distance education technical courses are not being recognize by AICTE. Institutions including some universities which are running those technical courses are running them on the basis of perpetual approval given by MHRD. Recently the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) has withdrawn its decision of recognizing these courses in perpetuity for equivalence in Central Government jobs. After this decision of MHRD, AICTE will form the new regulations for all of these courses.

MHRD Order For Distance Education

Currently no body in India is regulating these courses. Although AICTE has started working on new regulations but as per AICTE chairman Dr SS Mantha, By March AICTE should be able to release the handbook of procedures and regulations for the conduct of technical education either in distance or hybrid or blended mode.

All the institutions which have got affected are shocked with this decision of MHRD. The institution has got no chance except to apply to AICTE for approval. All institutions has started working towards applying to AICTE for an approval to run these technical courses but we don't think AICTE will approve any of the institution before they come up with clear guidelines for distance education courses.

It is our advice to all the students who are planning to get enrolled in any of the distance education technical course should wait un-till the new guidelines comes up and institutions got an approval from AICTE to run these courses. As we mentioned earlier that the new guidelines may come by coming March, till then students should keep an eye on AICTE Website to check the approval status.
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You Can Be The Next Victim Of Distance Education

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In the recent past frauds in distance education has been increased significantly. As an admin of a distance education blog it is my duty to inform you how you can prevent yourself becoming the next victim of distance education.

UGC has already issued a notification stating that from the session 2014-2015 no degree course offered by any institute will be valid if it is affiliated to a university outside the state. That means if you lives in the state of Maharashtra, you can not join a course offered by a University located in Tamil Nadu or any other state outside Maharashtra.

So if you're planning to take admission into any of the distance education course, you must confirm that the university you're going to choose should be from your own state. Don't join any course through any institution which is being offered by a University located outside your state.

We've also seen that Institutes are offering B.Tech courses through distance learning. Be aware, No B.Tech course through distance education is valid. In 2009 B.Tech through correspondence was banned completely in India. If you would like to join an engineering program, join it through regular mode.

MBA in Interior Designing, M.Sc in fashion communications, B.Sc in Airlines & Hospitality may look attractive at first but in reality they are not approved through distance education council or UGC.

It is highly advisable you should go to UGC, DEC, or DEB website to check about all the approved programs through distance education before you take an admission.

Although it has been a long time since UGC issued the statement that no distance education University will be allowed to offer courses outside its territory but still it is look like people don't have any awareness about this. Institutes are still offering courses affiliated to a university outside their state and students are taking admission without even having an idea that how bad it could be for their future.

Recently a famous fashion institute in Delhi, which was offering degree courses affiliated to a university located in Karnataka has been barred offering distance education courses from that University. The University write a letter to the institute mentioning that they're restricting themselves from offering any distance education courses outside Karnataka and the Institute is required to immediately stop offering any course offered by the University.

In near future we may seen many other such cases so it is my advise to all the students to not to take any admission into a course offered by a University which is not located in your state.
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How to Gain Recruiter’s Attention with a Killer Resume?

Resumes are the first impressions that MBA job candidates make on potential recruiters. Although this piece of document offers only a brief introduction of a candidate, it usually sets the tone for the rest of the application process. If you do not have a good resume, even your MBA degree will not get you past the front door of the company. Therefore, here is some quintessential advice on creating the perfect resume for your job application.


Any MBA degree isn't worth the extra efforts and money that it requires until it helps one advance his career. Therefore, for you, to make sure that the years you spent toiling hard in the business school count it is important to secure a job, for which everyone requires, a worthy resume. This is especially true for MBA students who are looking to use their degree to enter the corporate arena and take up professions such as financial adviser, accountant or manager in the future.

Therefore, if you are somewhere near the completion of your education or are currently job hunting, these resume building tips will help you achieve the objective: 

Keep it short and simple

Since you are fresh out of college, your resume shouldn't go beyond one or maximum two pages of length. Even with the experience that you had prior to joining the business school, you wouldn't require more than two pages for expressing your eligibility for the job. As you gain experience, the resume length can increase. An MBA fresher resume can have your college credentials, or any special achievement that is relevant with the job that you are applying to.

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Focus on achievements

The recruiter is more interested in the achievements than your roles and responsibilities at previous organizations. Tell the employer what you can do for him, not what you have already done previously. Use achievements to focus on things that you have already accomplished either in previous organizations or during your business school.

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Make it impactful 

Whatever little details that you can give to the job seeker through the resume, it should be impactful. Including ambiguous statements like “Participated in annual project management seminar” aren’t going to serve any useful purpose.  Instead, include details that elicit why your participation mattered. If you have been a part of a project before, what was your contribution? Were your recommendation adopted by the project manager? Great business resumes focus on impact.

Interview Tips: Body Language During Interview

Make it eye-pleasing

As a business school pass-out you must have already understood the importance of presentation. Resume is no exception. Let your creative juices flow. However, at the same time, stop short of making the resume just an eye-candy.  The emphasis should be on correct usage of fonts, formats, style that will make your resume easy to read and understand. Another common mistake that people commit is having too many section headings that do a poor job organizing the information on your resume. Instead, stick to a simple format, where three main sections education, professional work experience and additional skills.

Interview Tips: Job Interview Etiquette 

Adopt the STAR model

Using the STAR method is a popular and effective way of creating resume, especially for MBA graduates. The concept is simple. Plan your content under the specifics of Situations, Tasks, Action, and Results. This is a holistic approach that conveys the context and demonstrates your skill sets and individual contribution to the overall outcome.  The STAR approach lets you condense the information and focus on highlights.

Resume Writing Tips: How To Write A Resume Like A Pro

Objective: A relic of the past

Even a couple of years back all resumes started with an objective. The purpose was to let the employer know why you were sending the resume at the first place. In the current age, most recruiters call objective as a waste of space. The mere fact that you have applied for the position means that your objective is to get the job. Instead you can use the space for something better, that’s actually going to wow the recruiter.

Interview Tips: 7 Things Avoid Saying During Job Interview

With these tips you can at least impress the interviewer to invite you for a face to face interaction. Remember, a resume is the first step towards job hunting and your first step should be your longest stride.
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Best 19 MBA Distance Learning Top Universities In India 2014

In our earlier post on "Top MBA Distance Learning India" we had discussed why getting a Distance Education MBA degree is boon for working professionals. In our this post we're gonna tell you about the top universities in India offers correspondence MBA degree program.

Increasing number of job opportunities in has given a strong boost to distance learning MBA programs in India. All popular university in India now a days offering various distance learning programs & those who are not providing are joining this bandwagon.

MBA distance learning India

When someone though of doing an Online MBA or Correspondence MBA degree program in India, the first few name that comes into our mind are IGNOU, Symbiosis & Sikkim Manipal. No doubt all of these universities are renowned & best in providing management degree programs but there are many other universities & institutions as well which also offers world class management programs through online & study center mode.

IGNOU

As we all know Indra Gandhi National University is worlds largest open university in terms of number of students enrolled. It was founded in 1985 & currently serving more than 35 lakhs students worldwide. Pan India reach & some study centers in abroad makes it the perfect choice for doing a correspondence program. IGNOU offers 175 academic programs comprising 1100 courses at certificate, diploma and degree levels including diploma, degree & Phd programmes in management. IGNOU MBA is one of the most popular management degree programme in India.

Symbiosis

Symbiosis International University is one the UGC and the AICTE recognized multi-institutional university located in Pune, India. The university runs various postgraduate, diploma & certificate distance learning courses under "Symbiosis center for distance learning". It has learning centers across India which provides admission assistance & classes to interested candidates. Recently SCDL has been ranked 2nd amongst the Leading Institutes – by DNA Indus Learning Survey 2012. Students also gets the placement assistance after completing their course. 

Institute of Management & Technology (IMT)

IMT is among the top business schools in India. The institute is located in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. IMT offers its distance education programmes in management and information technology under IMT-CDL. The institute has been ranked No.1 by various magazines & news channels including DNA, Outlook, Competition Success Review, Zee News, Hindustan Times. The institute has its presence across the country. IMT also offers the facility to take lectures online & you can also appear in online exam.

Sikkim Manipal University

SMU-DE is ISO 9001: 2000 certified university offers distance education programmes in many disciplines. All programmes offered by Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education are recognised by DEC . SMU-DE has more than 725 Authorised Centres in 310 towns. SMU-DE offers education through EduNxt, which is an award-winning learning delivery system. It also offers scholarship to 1500 meritorious students.

Welingkar Institute of Management

Prin. L.N .Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool) one of the leading Business schools in Asia, with impeccable accreditation and recognition from various national and international organizations. From last few years the institute is promoting it's distance education courses & opening up new study centers across India. Welingkar offers a two year PG diploma program in distance learning mode. There is no exam to join the program.

MD University

Maharishi Dayanand University is a state level university based at Rohtak, Haryana. It offers distance education courses under Directorate of Distance Education (DDE). Currently it offers 40 courses including 21 Postgraduate degree courses, 14 courses for Bachelors degree, 5 course is P.G. Diplomas. Currently it is serving more than 1,27,000 students through various study centers across India.

ICFAI

ICFAI is a UGC recognized university offers 2 years distance education Master of Business Administration course. The MBA Program is essentially based on self-study and examinations. Students may also participate in workshops & contact classes which are optional. It provides facility for online registrations & examinations.

Amity University

Amity University is India's one of the top ranked university offers distance education in management & technology to the masses in an affordable fee. Currently it is offering postgraduate, bachelor & diploma courses in management. you can read more about the courses & can apply for them online from their official website.

Lovely Professional University

LPU is a leading private university based in Pujab. It recently started offering distance mba through its various study centers. The curriculum of this university has been designed keeping the modern business scenario which is a plus point of this. It offers 2 year distance learning MBA program.

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University is a DEC, Government of India, New Delhi approved university offers various diploma, bachelor & postgraduate programme in management. you can collect Information Brochure (including Admission Form) from academic annexes located in our Institutions in Pune, New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kolhapur, Karad, Sangli and Solapur.

Indian Institute of Finance

IIF-DLP's are primiarily designed for senior executives and executives with no formal background in Finance. The sessions for the DLP's begin twice in a year (on 1st May and 1st November). The programmes follow a Bi-Semester system to meet the needs and requirements of senior executives. Currently the institute offering a One Year Post Graduate Distance Learning Program called Basic Business Finance (BBF) & a Two Year Post Graduate Distance Learning Program called Management of Business Finance (MBF).

University 18

University18 is India's first and largest online University Platform having partnerships with some of India's largest Universities. It offers a choice to students to choose a course from a national university i.e Karnataka State Open University, Uttarakhand Open University or choose ones with huge International presence such as the Don Bosco University, India.

University of Madras

University of Madras is another top university in India offers various under graduate & post graduate programs in various disciplines including management. It offers Executive MBA, General MBA & integrated MBA under its correspondence learning medium.

Annamalai University

Annamalai University is more than 80 years old university based in Tamilnadu, known for its diversified portfolio of programs under distance learning mode. It offers 2 years management programme with dual specialization & single specialization. All the courses offered by AU are approved by DEC, New Delhi.

Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU)

Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU) Kota, Or previously known as Kota university is a well known open university in India based at Kota, Rajasthan. It has total 65 Study Centers in the state to reach students from across Rajasthan. It offers one MBA program & 3 other post graduate diploma program under its management courses offering.

Osmania University

Osmania University is A *****  accredited university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council based at Hydrabad. It offers a MBA course with 3 years duration. A candidate should qualify Integrated Common Entrance Test to take admission into this programme. The fee for MBA programme offered by the university is Rs.12000/Year.

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)

KSOU is located in Mysore offered higher education programs through Open-distance learning system. It offered one year diploma courses & 2 year MBA programme under management course category. The courses are approved by DEC & it is a regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi & Permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) London UK.

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

NMIMS a premier institute in India also offers a distance MBA course. All of the programs offered by SDL are approved by DEC, IGNOU, (New Delhi) Govt Of India. Currently NMIMS-SDL offering 14 programs.

XLRI

XLRI Jamshedpur also offer 12 months MBA course with a partnership of Hughes NET Global & Reliance World. The program is specially designed for working professionals with minimum 2 years of working experience after graduation. Currently XLRI offering 5 different program through satellite learning.

Indian institute of Management (IIM)

The most prestigious management institution of India IIM e.g IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore also offers a MBA programs in collaboration with NIIT Imperia & Hughes Global Education. Read our post to know more about how to take admission into IIM.

Apart from the universities & institutions mentioned above many other top universities like Jamia Hamdard, Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Dr B R Ambedkar Open University (DBROU) & Teerthanker Mahaveer University also offer a MBA Distance Learning courses in India.
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An Unbiased Review On NMIMS Distance Learning MBA 2014

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NMIMS Distance Learning MBA Review: Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies is a well recognized name in the field of management education. Since 1981, NMIMS is offering quality education in the field of management education. Now the institute has grown into a deemed university with over 5000 students and more than 430 faculty members. In the year of establishment, the institute was started offering masters degree program in management studies with just 40 students and 4 full time faculty members. As of today the university has become one of the fastest growing university in India with over 5000 students.

In this article we'll review NMIMS Distance Learning MBA program. NMIMS offers a 2 years Post Graduate Diploma program (MBA) through NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education (NGA -SCE). NMIMS NGA -SCE is one of the 9 schools of NMIMS University offering Post Graduate Diploma Programs, Diploma Programs and Certificate Programs in distance learning mode.

Let's start with some FAQ's

Q. What is the duration of NMIMS Distance Learning MBA?
A. The duration of post graduate diploma program is 2 years.

Q. Are the programs offered by NMIMS is approved by some authority?
A. Yes, The programs offered by NMIMS are approved by Joint Committee of UGC-AICTE- DEC.

Q. What specializations are available with NMIMS distance learning MBA?
A. There are total 8 specializations available. i.e

  1. Business management
  2. Human resource management
  3. Marketing Management
  4. Financial Management
  5. Banking and finance
  6. Supply chain management
  7. International trade management
  8. Retail management
Q. Does NMIMS offers MBA with DUAL specialization?
A. No, NMIMS doesn't offer dual specialization.

Q. Can Someone change the specialization?
A. NMIMS allows to change the specialization only once after admission.

Q.What is the minimum & maximum duration to clear the program?
A. The minumum duration to clear the course is 2 years and maximum is 4 years.

Q.Is there any entrance test to take admission into NMIMS 2 years PG Diploma course?
A. No there is no admission test is required to take admission.

Q.How the program is delivered by NMIMS?
A. NMIMS follows a blended model to deliver this program. It involves conducting live online sessions, Personal Contact Program, lecture presentations, providing learning resources like books and recordings of online sessions.

Q.What is the duration & timings of online session?
A. NMIMS conducts 8 hours of online session during weekday. The recorded videos are also made available on its online education portal called blackboard. Students can take these lectures from their office or home. 

Q.Where can someone attend Personal Contact Programs?
A. Personal Contact Programs also known as PCP are face to face sessions that NMIMS conducts at NMIMS learning centers. Personal Contact Programs are conducted for 2 hours per course at 7 learning centers located in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Q. When are the examination held?
A. Examinations are conducted twice a year i.e in the month of June and December.

Awards & Recognition

NMIMS has been ranked among the top 10 schools offers distance education in India by the following organizations
  1. NMIMS has been ranked among the top 10 institutions in India offer distance education MBA courses by ZEE Business consecutively for 2 years.
  2. DNA-Indus Learning Survey 2012 ranked NMIMS Distance Learning MBA as 5th best in India.
  3. Competition Success Review honored NMIMS Global Access–School for Continuing Education as “Top Distance Learning Institute of India” award consecutively for 2 years at the CSR Awards for Excellence 2013 and 2014.

What Students Says About NMIMS : Testimonials

Below are some Testimonials from NMIMS students about its distance learning MBA
NMIMS Testimonials

Final Words: Verdict

NMIMS is among the top institutions in India offers regular MBA courses although it is not much popular for distance learning program compared to IGNOU, Symbiosis, IMT, ICFAI & SMU. But we would like to say the quality of education is very good. You get a chance to interact India's top most faculty to clear your doubts during PCP sessions. Online sessions give a classroom like environment from the ease of your home & Blackboard, the online study portal makes videos & digital library available to you. If you want to associate a brand name in your education profile, we would strongly recommend NMIMS to you.
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