Integral University Distance Education Courses, Fee & Admission 2017

Integral University Distance Education
Located in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Integral University is a popular private university in the region. It was originated as the Institute of Integral Technology, Lucknow in 1998 and later converted into a University. The University offers both regular and distance education courses.

The Open & Distance Learning (ODL) System of Integral University is recognized by The University Grants Commission (UGC)-Distance Education Bureau (DEB) to offer distance education courses in the assigned territory.

Integral University focuses on providing higher education to those students who want to improve their qualification with an aim to enhance their career but can not join a regular degree program.

The university offers both general and technical courses through its 3 departments under distance education i.e
  • Department of Management and Commerce
  • Department of Humanities and Social Science
  • Department of Computer Science and Application

Distance Education Courses Offered by Integral University, Lucknow

The university offers the following courses under the Open & Distance Learning (ODL) system.

Department of Management and Commerce

The university offers the following two courses under the Department of Management and Commerce
  • Master Of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Bachelor of Business administration (BBA)
Apart from the general MBA course, the university also offers the following specialized MBA courses.
  • Retail Management
  • Financial Management
  • Information System
  • Human Resource Development
  • Marketing Management 
  • International Business

Department of Humanities and Social Science

The Department of Humanities and Social Science offers only one course. The name of the course is
  • Master of Arts (MA) - Education
The MA-Education is a 2 years post graduation course.

Department of Computer Science and Application

The Department of Computer Science and Application is the largest department of the Integral University. It offers 4 courses under the distance education mode. The name of the courses are...
  • Master of Computer Application (MCA)
  • M.Sc Computer Science (M.Sc CS)
  • Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA)
  • B.Sc Computer Science (B.Sc CS)
The MCA and M.Sc Computer Science are postgraduate courses and the duration of the courses are 3 years and 2 years respectively.

The BCA and B.Sc Computer Science are undergraduate courses and the duration of both the courses is 2 years.

The university keeps updating the syllabus of the courses time to time to keep them updated with changes in industrial requirements.

If you need any assistance after joining any course, The University provides assistance through their website, call center, software, counseling, and grievance redressal system. Audio-Video lectures are also provided to give in-depth knowledge about any subject.

As per the official website of Integral University, they also offer job assistance to the students who take up their distance education courses. As of now we don't have any data about how much students get a placement through the University.

Fee Structure For Distance Education Courses Offered by Integral University

The fee structure of distance education courses offered by the Integral University is quite affordable. In the below image you can see the fee structure of various courses offered by the university.
Integral University Distance Education Courses Fee Structure

The above-mentioned fee doesn't include the admission fee and lateral admission fee.

Admission Procedure

The admission procedure for Integral University Distance Education Courses is simple. All the students who meet the eligibility criteria for the particular course can apply for admission by filling up the application form available in the prospectus.

After filling up the application form, a student is required to send the 500/- DD as admission fee along with the admission form and other required documents and course fee.

There are two admission sessions every year i.e Summer Session and Winter Session. Students can apply for admission in any of these two admission sessions as per their convenience.

Students get direct admission in all the courses offered by the University except in MBA and MCA courses.

Contact Details

For more details about the courses and admission, students may contact on the following address.

Directorate of distance education
Integral University
Dasauli, p.o basha, kursi road
Lucknow – 226026
Uttar Pradesh
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MBA vs Executive MBA - Which is Better in India in 2017?

MBA vs Executive MBA

If you are planning to do an MBA degree program, You probably have come across the terms i.e MBA and Executive MBA.

Many websites that write about an MBA degree program must have suggested you go with an Executive MBA, while on the other hand, some websites suggest that a traditional MBA degree is good for a better career.

Before you jump into a conclusion and apply for an admission into an MBA or an Executive MBA program, you should first know the key difference between the both and know why these two different MBA courses exist.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

In India, MBA is a popular post graduate degree program. There are more than 5,500 Business Schools in India and every year approx 5,20,000 students pass out with an MBA degree. These numbers go up if we include students that take up a distance education program or attend an MBA degree from an institute which is not recognized by a government body.

Unlike USA and Europe, the minimum eligibility criteria to join an MBA course in India is a graduate degree with 0-2 years experience. This is the major factor that students take up an MBA degree course after they complete their graduate degree.

In India, an MBA program is a 2-year degree program that sometimes extended to 2.5 years to 4 years if someone opts for a part-time or distance learning study mode. Most colleges do not require any work experience to offer an admission into an MBA program, although top institutions like IIM look at many other factors like work experience, qualification back ground, score in CAT etc.

If you are a fresh graduate with no work experience and considering business management as a career option, an MBA program is something you should join.

You can join this course Full-time, or through distance learning mode.

An MBA program generally requires attending regular classes unless you are doing it as a distance-learning program.

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

As the name suggests an Executive MBA is a type of MBA program that is designed for working executives with 1-5 years of experience.

Working professionals usually choose an Executive MBA degree over a traditional MBA program for two reasons.
  1. An Executive MBA program is more focused on a particular area of the business. For example, an Executive MBA program in Sales and Marketing will provide a better understanding of strategies used by higher authorities to boost sales for an organization.
  2. In India, The duration of an Executive MBA program is one year. People prefer this program over a standard MBA because they can complete it in a lesser time frame.
In India, almost all major business schools offer an Executive MBA program. An Executive MBA program from institutes like ISB, IIM, XLRI, FMS etc., is very popular.

Some universities and private institutions like ICFAI University, IMT Ghaziabad, Madras University, Amity University, offers an Executive MBA through distance learning in India.

The fee for an Executive MBA program is higher than the fee of a standard MBA course.

MBA vs Executive MBA: Which One is Better?

MBA and Executive MBA both are good options. Although both of them are suitable for a different type of audiences.

One one hand, an MBA degree is suitable for anyone who has just completed his graduate degree and wants to make a career in business management. People who want have already joined a job but want to study along with their job can also join an MBA course through distance learning mode.

On the other hand, an Executive MBA course is more suitable for managers and assistant managers, who are already holding a middle-level position in an organization and want to enhance their managerial skills. An Executive MBA from a reputed B-School like ISB or IIM is also worth doing, as it can increase your chances to secure a higher-level position in your organization in a long run.
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Top 5 PSU & Government Jobs After MBA in India

Government Jobs After MBA

Government jobs or PSU jobs are very popular in India. After the 7th pay commission, the salary of Government jobs has become at par with the salary offered in the private sector by top companies.

Now more and more MBA pass-outs are applying for government jobs in India.

Getting a government job is like a dream for many, but if someone does the preparation with dedication and keep an eye on the available jobs in the Government sectors for MBAs, getting one won't be much difficult.

Many MBA students want to get a job in the government sector but they don't know what jobs are available for them.

In this article, we will tell you about the most popular government jobs that you can join after completing your MBA degree.

Government Jobs After MBA

1. Management Trainee

Management Trainee is the best job you can apply for as a fresher after completing your MBA degree.

Government companies hire management trainees time to time for different positions in different departments such as Marketing, Finance, Human Resource etc.

When you will be hired as a  management trainee in a PSU, you'll go through a training program for supervisory or managerial positions.

PSUs generally conduct an entrance test to hire employees for the management trainee position but sometimes hiring is also done on the basis of merits.

Example Job:

At the time of writing this article, some government companies are inviting applications for the position of management trainee. The jobs are available in PSUs like National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Limited (KAPL), Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL) etc.

You can keep an eye on the government jobs through different websites that publish the latest news on government jobs.

In most cases, there is no prior experience is required to apply for this job but in some cases, an experience up to 2 years is required.

2. General Manager Posts in Bank & Other PSUs

After completing your MBA degree, you can apply for general manager profile in Banks.

All government banks invite applications for general manager profile time to time.

Example Job:

Very recently, we have seen that NABARD was inviting application for the post of general manager. The name of the post was Assistant Manager in Grade 'A' in RDBS (General) and the educational qualification to apply for this position was a full-time MBA degree from institutions recognized by GOI / UGC with Bachelor's Degree in any discipline.

3. Specialist Officer Job in Government Banks

A specialist officer is another post that is available in government banks for the MBA students.

Marketing Officer, Personnel officer are some types of special officer jobs available in banks.

Example Job:

Very recently, we have seen that the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) had released an examination notification for specialist officer jobs in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs CWE VI).

For the position of Officer Scale-II Specialist Officers (marketing officer), the qualification requirement was an MBA degree in Marketing from a recognized university. 

4. Chief Executive Officer

CEO is another type of higher management job that is available for MBAs in the government sector. Although this job profile is not for everyone. Only experienced people with relevant experience are invited by government companies for this profile.

Example Job:

In the recent past, we have seen that Indian Institute of Management (IIM) published a notification on their website to recruit a chief executive officer.

The education qualification required for this profile was a PG Degree / preferably full-time MBA from a recognized university/institute.

5. Junior and Senior Executive Jobs in PSUs and Banks

Similar to the special officer jobs, PSUs and government jobs also recruit junior and senior-level executives for different departments such as Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations etc.

Example Job:

Recently, we have seen that Rajkot Nagarik Sahakari Bank was recruiting junior executives and inviting applications from people who are First Class Graduate OR Post Graduate (Except Arts) / PGDCA / DCA / JAIIB / CAIIB / COPA (with 1-year apprenticeship).

Conclusion

You must have noticed that government banks and PSUs recruit MBA professionals for the managerial profiles. You can apply for a post based on your MBA specialization.

If you're a fresher, you can apply for the management trainee and other junior level profiles but if you have some experience, you can also apply for senior level manager profiles.

Apart from the positions that we have mentioned above, MBA professionals can also apply for all the jobs, where the required qualification is a post-graduate degree.

We hope you must have liked our today's article. If you have any query or wants to share some valuable information with us, feel free to get in touch using our contact us page.
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How to Ask for a Raise When You are Underpaid?

ask for a raise

Getting a job can be the very first step for your career but it is not the most important one. A well-paid job is what is to be considered for.

You work for a company and the company in return pays you for that.

The more demanding the skill is the better is the pay grade.

But certain times you may feel you are working too hard in your job but the pay you get isn't justify your hard work.

The feeling of being underpaid is the worst one when you work all your blood and sweat out.

But here is a good news for you. You can get a raise without leaving your current job. All you need to do is "TAKE ACTION".

You can ask for a raise from your employer and  if you'll do it in a right way, chances are higher that you'll get a raise.

Do Your Research And Make Sure You're Actually Underpaid

You can't just go and ask for a raise unless you really know if you are underpaid or not.

There are certain factors you need to research on and get known to in order to surely know if you are underpaid.

For many people, their pay is the direct mirror of their performance in their jobs.

The better you perform, the better you get paid.

But what if you are performing well and still don't get paid enough?

There are certain ways to make sure of that.

A prior research is of utmost importance before declaring yourself underpaid.

Here are some points which might help you to determine if you are underpaid by your company or not -

1. Your Salary hasn't Changed Much Since You Have Joined Your Job

This can be a very clear indication to know if you are underpaid.

Remember the salary for which you accepted your job the very first time and compare that salary with what you are getting now.

If there isn't much difference in both amounts you are probably underpaid.

2. Your company is making profits but not you

Dig up some statistical data about your company's profits in recent years and compare it with your pay grade.

If the Company is making a profit but your pay scale is almost stable over that time, you are surely underpaid.

Digging up financial statistics of the company can be hard to do but you can always get an estimation through regular meetings about your company's progress. Use the statistics to strengthen your point to get a salary upgrade.

If your company is listed in stock market, you can easily get to know about their profits and losses online through internet. All stock market listed companies are required to share their profits and losses publicly on their companies website or in news papers.

3. Your colleagues are paid more than you even when you work at the same level

This can be a very clear indication that you are underpaid. If your colleagues who are having the same experience as yours, work at the same level as yours, do the same kind of work you do but still end up getting paid more than you, then there is a great chance that you are lacking behind in the payment criteria.

4. You are just happy to have a job

This can be a very tricky thing to consider. Many times you are just happy enough to have a job.

You don't expect anything more than what is given to you.

This takes a toll on you and you don't even care to check if you are even paid up to your potential or not.

Your managers can see this on your face and they will not do anything like giving you a raise as you are already happy in what you are getting.

Calculate Your Worth

Now once you have figured out that you are underpaid, it is time to estimate your actual worth.

Estimating your actual worth can be a bit tricky since you can not directly predict it without any analysis.

The best way to see what are you worth is to compare your salaries to that of your colleagues and friends. A net estimate of the value of a person like you in the market is a must.

Check out online job portals for what kind of salary packages other companies offer for same jobs as yours.

You can also use websites like PayScale.com, Salary.com or GlassDoor.com to get a rough estimation of what other employees in different companies are being paid.

Don't just compare the salaries yet, also include the compensation packages you'll get since no two jobs are always paid the same. One might have a lower PayScale but a huge compensation amount and the other might have an exactly opposite case.

Prove Your Worth

Just estimating your worth won't do any good unless you are able to convince your boss about your raise.

The best way to make sure you get the value you deserve is to make your bosses realize your actual worth and contributions to the company. Here are some tips that might help you

1.Prepare a list of your achievements -

If you need to put a strong reason to give you a raise, a list of achievements is only going to help.

Make sure you make your boss notice your accomplishments and praises you got for the company.

Your accomplishments can be a very wide range such as say you helped your colleagues in company's projects or you prepared some software to ease the work of other employees.

You can also add points such as say you took a new leadership role, helped the company in any way to increase the revenue or did some new courses which might help your company the future.

2. Show that you are dynamic and ready improve if the need arises -

Your performance chart will clearly show how you have performed so far in the company.

It is very much beneficial to make your boss notice your progress too.

When going to ask for a raise make sure you present yourself as smartly as possible.

It might not be an interview but consider it no less. Make your points and reasons clear to your boss in as efficient way as possible.

3. Gather salary data from different sources to support your claim -

You can't ask for a raise out of thin air.

Show your boss the proofs that you are underpaid.

Gather salary data of same working post as yours and compare your salary with it. Show your boss how much your salary varies from the market value.

4. Book your discussion in advance -

You wouldn't be wanting to just barge in your boss's cabin asking for a raise.

Plan your visit to him.

Fix an appointment if needed.

Make sure your boss has enough time for the meeting and is not busy in other works.

Try not to ask for a raise especially when your boss is in a foul mood. It will only ruin your chances.

5. Never expect anything out of the world -

Even if you feel you are underpaid try not to ask for a raise so high that your company won't even care to consider it.

Always try to ask for as reasonable raise as possible considering the company's budget.

Conclusion

Being underpaid is as bad as having a job sucking everything out of you and giving nothing in return. 

If you feel you are underpaid and deserve a salary hike, follow the above-given tips to effectively get a raise. 

But even if by doing all this you are unable to get the desired pay then the last option is to find a new job since an underpaid job is not worth wasting your full potential. 

Go and find a new and better job with better pay. Here are some online jobs portals in India to find new jobs.
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10 Reasons Why is MBA Still a Popular Course in India?


This goes without saying that MBA is indeed the most preferred post-graduate degree program in India and the increasing popularity is a hard evidence of the same.

Every student is slogging it out and is repeatedly yet courageously giving numerous examinations in order to land in a recognized B-School.

However, the fight does not end at making into a prodigious B-school but begins afterward which starts with electing a valid MBA degree.

Some who can not make it attend regular classroom MBA courses prefers to join an online or distance education MBA course.

Still, all of it is worth the struggle and highlighting the reasons why MBA has a proclaimed love amongst students, we here share our directory of reasons. Arrange 5 minutes and read on!

MBA is a Tailored Made Degree

CAT examination is appropriately structured for engineering students.

Since the past decade, the perceived benefit around the degree and placements are effective and prompt which helps MBA stand out.

CAT covers Aptitude, Maths, English, and Reasoning which nearly every student has a hold on.

Speaking factually, nearly 28 percent IITians are accomplished in these subjects and pursue MBA as a postgraduate degree.

People who join a full-time job after their graduation prefers to go for an MBA degree program through distance education mode. Many top business schools in India also offer an MBA degree program through distance learning mode.

Career Progression

Every career begins with an operational role and with consequent promotions, hard work and program upgradations, the next position clearly comes out to be under management umbrella.

This upgradation takes straight 5 or more years which means that the initial years are gone in strangling with the base level profiles which offers more struggle than a validated learning experience.

Unique traits in this performance oriented world is an integral factor which is why a more strategic decision is to opt for an MBA degree and hence the current following.

Level of knowledge

Any MBA degree polishes the students with incredible knowledge that can make him/her a strategic consultant for several companies.

The interactions and intellectual debates with any of the industry specialists or professors in any B-school makes an MBA aspirant a prodigal accomplisher.

MBA lays the foundation for cracking any business code or help any business achieve an astronomical level of existence in the industry.

The mantra of networking

A flashy MBA degree is not all about knowledge, it’s about networking or learning to network with the most smartest and versatile talents all under the same roof.

B-schools are always regarded as the group of high achievers, because nearly every student has given a series of highly anticipated examinations like CAT, MAT or whatsoever.

This group of achievers are future CEOs or great business leaders.

The value of Case Studies

MBA is all about learning about the advent, stagnancy or fall of business from live examples.

Every MBA degree teaches students a real-time analysis of what happens to a business and on the basis of their procured market research and analysis, these students become consultants.

Nearly every MBA student is involved in creating market reports, manage project deployment, analyze the future of a project or business and then input some notes further releasing the final strategy.

Brand Equity

MBA indeed is the most colored feather in the cap of any individual carrying a valuable set of degrees.

Plenty or nearly every recruiter knows the value of an MBA gained from a high level institute, the cost involved in attaining it and more the struggle meter of the student to grab that position.

To be more precise, an MBA degree achieved from a famous B-school like IIM or ISB, holds a brand value which is irreplaceable by any other degree so far.

MBA degree is just like gold and if accomplished from a renowned B-school it gives any student a certificated hallmark signifying that he/she is competent enough to become a successful leader in near future.

Change of Geography

MBA is a ticket to step out of the country and make highly admired countries like Canada and Australia a future home.

A recognized MBA degree from Stanford will make any student know the foreign market and the international business structure.

MBA aspirants from prestigious universities like Harvard and Oxford makes them an achiever in all dominions.

Getting an entry into any MNC as a consultant or an International business strategist becomes an easy breezy task.

The kind of exposure gained at working on such a position close to the stakeholders or the primary managerial level people is amazing.

Self-Growth

Learning facts and figures from books is a secondary achievement while pursuing an MBA degree.

The confidence gained and the level of interaction involved which makes any student affirmed in his theoretical learnings is what can be considered as a massive realization.

The entire classroom experience, case studies, and peer-to-peer interactions are what radically changes the perspective of any student.

At the end, self-learning or self-evolvement is the greatest asset any student can have.

Value of Salary Package

Unlike engineering or any other degree that gives only single digit salary package, MBA is the god of salary packages.

Anything starting from 30 lacs to an indefinite number is what many MNC are offering to management students these days.

The value of the package is high, without a doubt and the level of position is an another starry factor attracting MBA aspirants these days.

Development of Priceless Managerial Skills

MBAs are connected specializations and make a student’s resume a strong portfolio. Any MBA student learns the following skills in his MBA journey:

  1. Keeping the company's finances healthy
  2. Manufacture, advertise and sell your products
  3. Gather and interpret industry data
  4. Maintain a positive image of the company
  5. Create hierarchies that help the company thrive
  6. Hire the right people and keep them motivated
  7. Know when to make the tough calls.

Distance Education Makes It Easy To Pursue MBA

Distance education has been a plus for a career growth as professionals and students can pursue an effective 9 to 5 pattern. The options for job increases and students can implement theoretical knowledge while working. This gives a steady growth to students as the bandwidth of practical knowledge increases and the scope of error decreases. These distance learning programs are designed especially to enable students to seek qualification offered by popular and recognized B schools and delivered locally. The programs may vary from one business school to the another and from one country to another country. 

The best part of these distance learning programs is that the online elements, teaching modules, classroom style teaching, video learnings and tutorial chat rooms. The help guides available and immediate student assistance makes the work easier for the students and professionals as well. Not only students but professionals who wish to keep their jobs and learn while they work find distance learning the best option. It's an added advantage that the distance learning program is offered by recognized B schools as the combination of an MNC job and a degree from a well-acknowledged B school is effective to fetch a high profile job.

MBA demand is an effect of the rapid increase of jobs and the desire for knowledge pack along with a well-proven degree is an added advantage in terms of salary and exposure both. The salary packages offered in case of both distance learning and the full-time course is almost similar provided that the course is from a recognized B school which has a reputation of brilliant placements in top notch companies. 
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