None, 29 Apr 2015

IT is final. The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the leviathan with 2.8 million students retains the pole position in India’s first ever objective rating of Distance Learning Institutes.

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It accounts for a massive 30 percent of the total enrolment in the country. Nimesh Chandra, Head of Research-Careers360 spearheaded the huge exercise that involved collating data on all the existing DL institutions, visits to some selected universities, study centres and interviews with stake holders (see methodology for more details). But the scenario is so bleak, that even then we could get enrolment data for only 114 out of the 176 institutions. India has a long way to go in ensuring comparable data availability.

 

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The ranking project involved examining 30 top institutions under three broad domains namely, Reach & Resources, Learning and Experience, and Results & Efficiency. The results were amazing. The top ten was populated by five open universities, three private players and two dual mode state level universities.

It is the sectoral ranks that open up the field further. For example IGNOU, which convincingly tops the overall ranking, goes down to 15 places in the results category, informing us that it has a tremendous potential for increasing its pass percentage and customer service. Mumbai University, or Symbiosis for example, presents a contrasting picture.

They score a lowly 27 and 20 respectively in resources-committed rank, but provide an amazing learning experience where they score 3rd and 6th respectively. In other words, some have invested heavily in hardware and study centres, while some have focussed on technology exclusively. Very few have scored consistently across categories, showing that the sector needs substantial investments and strategic thinking. And that is the way forward.

Methodology

The Universe for Open and Distance Learning Institutes (ODLIs) in India comprises 249 institutes, out of which 176 institutes are currently offering Distance Education Programmes. Given the nature of operations of ODLIs and the lack of adequate data with the Distance Education Council (DEC) as also in the public domain, shortlisting of 50 institutions was done based on student enrolment data. The logic being the popularity of the institutions, on the basis of their admissions.

Careers360 then sent letters to these 50 institutions with a questionnaire and also requested data from the DEC. Based on the responses received from the institute as well as the data supplied by DEC and in-house research, 30 institutes were finally chosen for ranking purpose. Further, visits were made to the all the institutes that responded as well as to select study centres of others to build a robust database based on input-process-output methodology.

The input primarily looked at the reach, infrastructure and diversity of the institutions in providing distance education. The process emphasised on the quality of resources and delivery mechanism, while output focused on the performance of the institute in facilitating the trained student in getting a better prospect. 

The 3 broad parameters and the weights:

Input (Resources & Reach)

300

No. of faculty (full-time)/total students on rolls

50

No. of academic counsellors/total students on rolls

25

Number of study centres/ total students on rolls

50

Number of course offerings

50

Current Enrolment

50

Active Enrolment/years in existence

75

Process (Learning & Exeperience)

400

Quality of Course material (also based on recognition or accreditation by external agencies)

100

E-learning platform (presence/absence)

25

Quality of e-platform (verification by testing)

50

Telephone counselling availability (including effective Toll-free No.)

50

Audio Visual-based course materials (absence/presence)

10

Quantum of AV study material created

40

Exam schedule

25

Responsiveness (student friendliness & forthcoming)

50

Contact Classes

50

OUTPUT (Result & Efficiency)

300

Pass ratio

200

Transparency

50

Unique Features/Special Projects/Awards

50

Total

1000

 

 

list of Honour
 
 
 
 
Overall Rank
 
Name of the Institution
 
Location
 
Resources
& Reach
 
Learning & Experience
 
Result & Efficiency
 
Total*
 
1 
New Delhi 
208.40
258.12 
198.00 
665 
2 
Nasik 
145.81 
239.54 
233.16 
619 
3 
Gangtok 
73.64 
284.96 
257.15 
616 
4 
Ghaziabad 
43.41 
285.00 
249.22 
578 
5 
Mumbai
17.04 
262.35 
256.32 
536 
6 
Hyderabad 
63.21 
215.91 
249.17 
528 
7 
Hyderabad 
83.01 
210.00 
229.46 
522 
8 
Pune 
32.21 
240.00 
235.50 
508 
9 
Ahmedabad 
33.37 
220.80 
246.23 
500 
10 
Annamalainagar 
95.71 
195.00 
206.00 
497 
11 
Kolkata 
39.37 
240.00 
206.28 
486 
12 
Hyderabad 
11.43 
210.00 
243.57 
465 
13 
Kolhapur 
28.53 
175.00 
251.86 
455 
14 
Bhopal 
52.17 
237.81 
163.00 
453 
15 
New Delhi 
70.43 
220.00 
145.11 
436 
16 
Rohtak 
31.92 
195.00 
206.23 
433 
17
Guntur 
38.17 
215.00 
165.52 
419
18 
Mumbai 
7.83 
170.00 
225.65 
403 
19 
Karaikudi 
34.54 
235.00 
123.63 
393 
20 
Vishakhapatnam 
27.99 
175.16 
168.37 
372 
21
Chennai 
30.37 
210.00 
122.59 
363 
22 
Shimla 
46.97 
185.00 
129.58 
362 
23 
Allahabad 
93.27 
158.30 
106.64 
358 
24 
Chennai 
55.51 
145.09 
153.90 
354 
25
Mysore 
56.77 
241.13 
48.93 
347 
26 
Madurai 
38.64 
175.00 
115.91 
330 
27 
Kota 
37.46 
150.00 
115.62 
303 
28 
Kurukshetra 
21.36 
105.00 
81.59 
208 
29 
Kozhikode 
15.45 
115.00 
63.86 
194 
30 
Warangal 
29.26 
37.61 
97.80 
165 

 

 

RESOURCES & REACH

Rank
Name of the Institution
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

 

 
LEARNING & EXPERIENCE
Rank
Name of the Institution
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
RESULTs & EFFICIENCY
Rank
Name of the Institution
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
 
28
29
 
30
 

The research and reporting team included SumitaVaid Dixit, NitinJindal, Tanmay Perti, Pooja Mishra and Samarth Vats. We place on record our thanks to Chairman Dr. RajesekharanPillai, Director Dr. ManjulikaSrivastava and the staff of Distance Education Council, New Delhi who went out of the way to provide required data.

Read also:-
List of approved Distance Education universities in India
 
If you have questions on distance learning, post your queries at the bottom of this article and the Careers360 team will answer your queries through the month of August!

 

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