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India & Education: A dilemma & a Solution The largest democracy in the world is a complex nation with a host of diversities, cultures and ethnic variations that change with every state and region. Yet in this diversity lies the strength that makes India special. A nation full of promises, firmly etched on the world map as a power to look forward to finds itself lacking in one major front. It’s the inability to make education reach out to one and all. India is the seventh largest nation in the world in terms of area, the second most populous country after China and has the maximum population in terms of youth. Youth has the power and is the future but lack of higher education is proving to be a thorn in the country’s path to being a developed nation by 2020. India comprises of 28 states and 7 union territories, some of which are located across the most dangerous and inaccessible terrain which means setting up permanent infrastructures is not the solution. How to set up colleges that can accommodate more than half a billion youth? It’s neither feasible nor practically possible. The only ray of hope is distance education. Distance learning mode has come of age and can reach anyplace at anytime. Distance education is without barriers, time or space and involves no economic constraints. In India itself we have pioneers in this field namely Sikkim Manipal University, Symbiosis Institute and IGNOU. Of these top 3, Sikkim Manipal University reaches across 310 towns in the country and has more than 4 lakh students on its rolls. The statistics indicate the power of distance education and is a role model for others to follow. Technology has helped increase interactivity and recognition of education through the distance mode. Sikkim Manipal University leads on this front as well with its interactive next generation learning system EduNxt. Winner of 'Digital Learning ICT Enabled University of the Year,' 2009, EduNxt allows students to access video lectures, industry presentations, counselling, industry mentor chats and online library at any time of their convenience. To be the next superpower we need to educate our youth so that they can be the effective leaders of tomorrow. Education empowers to take on responsibility and get grounding in life. In India’s scenario distance education is the most viable alternative to reach a sustainable development in all aspects of the nation’s growth and prosperity in the years ahead. To know more about MBA degree visit www.smude.edu.in/MBA

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Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education Ranked Among India’s Top Distance Education Providers008:51, 29 August 2011
MBA For Banking Professionals: Sikkim Manipal University’s MBA (Banking & Finance)006:14, 31 May 2011
MBA For Banking Professionals: Sikkim Manipal University’s MBA (Banking & Finance)006:14, 31 May 2011
Winter 2010- Admissions open for all courses011:24, 22 November 2010
SMU-DE Convocation 2010: The Best Day of Your Life is here…008:31, 3 September 2010
Films and Education: The Larger Picture008:29, 3 September 2010
Celebrating Freedom in the Field of Higher Education011:48, 25 August 2010
SMU-DE Fall 2010 Admissions Still On, but closing soon009:22, 18 August 2010
SMU-DE: A Modest Beginning, Blooming Present and a Blazing Future004:20, 18 August 2010
Sikkim Manipal University: A Friend for 1.7 Lakh Students011:37, 16 August 2010
Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education (SMU-DE) programme launches ProDegree009:33, 11 August 2010
Pulse of Globalized Society: Commerce011:41, 10 August 2010
Sikkim Manipal University: Voted Best Distance Learning Institute in India in terms of Results & Efficiency009:03, 4 August 2010
Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education: A Family of over 1.77 Lakh Students011:11, 3 August 2010
Practical Education for an Active Hospitality Industry010:41, 29 July 2010
SMU-DE courses in Allied Health Sciences churns out highly trained professionals009:19, 28 July 2010
MBA Banking & Finance: A Degree That Works007:17, 23 July 2010
It’s a Fashionable World011:31, 22 July 2010
Telecom Industry in India: At the Cusp of Revolution006:46, 21 July 2010
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Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education Ranked Among India’s Top Distance Education Providers

Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education (SMU-DE), a unique public-private initiative between the Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education, Ranked #1 in the student perception survey conducted by CAREERS360, a magazine for young professionals in collaboration with Yahoo.

With over 710+ SMU-DE Learning Centers covering 310 cities across India, Sikkim Manipal University - Distance Education emerged as the top distance education provider across parameters ranging from quality of study material, library support, quality of faculty, access to study centers, conduct of exams and publishing of results among others. SMU-DE was also found to have one of the largest presences on the web with over 500+ unique IP addresses, showing the substantial reach technology could achieve.

SMU-DE spokesperson Mr. V Sivaramakrishnan, President - Distributed Learning, Manipal Education says “We are thrilled to be ranked among India’s premier Distance Education providers in the country. In line with the vision of providing affordable & accessible education to aspirants across the country, our endeavor is to collaborate technology with high quality education, providing a learning experience that’s incomparable.”

In one of the most extensive exercises undertaken in the field of distance learning, the survey elicited over 7000 responses from current and past distance education students. For the analysis, over 5000 entries, which ranked over 81 Universities, were taken into consideration. After eliminating those with less than 50 responses and unique IP addresses, the research team finally zeroed in on 30 top distance education providers which were subjected to detailed analysis.

In the objective ranking, Sikkim Manipal University - Distance Education was ranked 4th on various parameters including reach, course offerings, processes, pass ratio and transparency. Interestingly, only 11 out of the 32 top distance education providers in the objective ranking list made it to the perception ranking which hailed SMU-DE as a top provider of distance learning education in India. The Universe for Open and Distance Learning Institutes (ODLIs) in India comprises 249 institutes, out of which 188 institutes are currently offering Distance Education Programmes.

Over the years, SMU-DE has consistently raised standards in Distance Education and earned its place of pride. Some of the recognitions & awards received include:

Ranked 1st for Results and Efficiency and Ranked 2nd for Learning and Experience by CAREERS360 magazine for the year 2010. The CAREER360 survey is the first of its kind survey in distance learning space and ranks SMU-DE in the top 3 best distance learning institutions in India.

Dewang Mehta Business School Awards- Best Distance Learning programme

DNA-Best B-School for the use of Technology in providing Management Education in Distance Education

Star News- Best Management Education in Distance Education

Winner of e-India and e-Rajasthan Awards for Digital Learning ICT enabled University of the Year”


About SMU & SMU-DE

Sikkim Manipal University is a unique public-private initiative between the Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education. SMU, a state University, is recognized by the UGC, Ministry of HRD and is a member of the Associations of Indian Universities. The Distance Education Council has granted recognition to all Distance Education programs offered under the aegis of SMU (Sikkim Manipal University). The Sikkim Manipal University - Directorate of Distance Education is ISO 9001:2008 certified. For more information, kindly refer to http://www.smude.edu.in or Join us on facebook

SMUDE (talk)08:51, 29 August 2011

MBA For Banking Professionals: Sikkim Manipal University’s MBA (Banking & Finance)

MBA (Banking and Finance) a course specially designed for working professionals, from the ever growing banking industry, prepares one to climb the top echelons of a company. Banking & Finance is one of the fastest growing industries in India but faces an acute talent shortage. According to a published report, close to 5 lac banking professionals are going to retire in the next five years, which accounts for 50% of the total work force. Add to that the rapid expansion plans of Banks within the country to service a growing work-force and you have about 2 lacs vacancies in this year itself. SMU-DE’s program gears up students to turn them into qualified professionals who will stand up to this demand and meet the challenges going forward. With existing students from leading banks like ICICI, Axis, SBI, HDFC, Bank of Baroda, this course is attracting enthusiastic students across various levels in the corporate ladder. The course boasts of faculty with more than 15 years’ experience in the banking industry. The syllabus has been created by industry based professionals and SMU-DE faculty, taking cues from market demands of the banking sector. The industry experts interact with students on a weekly basis to provide the latest update on the industry trends. Being an online course, it gives the convenience of 24x7 access to information through the online portal. It also provides high flexibility to upgrade skills across space and time by embracing technology. The SMU-DE Way is learner centric and puts the student at the core of an experience that combines three distinct learning mechanisms: • Self-Learning: Our industry endorsed self-learning material will be delivered in print to the address you provide. In addition to this, the content is also made available in the digital format plus the access to over a million journals and books. • EduNxt: EduNxt is award winning technology infused learning system. EduNxt empowers students with anywhere, anytime access whereby you have a portable campus on your fingertips at all times. • Personal Contact Programs (PCP): The University gives you the opportunity to interact with industry experts on a one-on-one basis and get to know more about the industry and build contacts. For more information, visit http://online.smude.edu.in/mba_banking_finance/index.aspx or call 1800-266-7979

SMUDE (talk)06:14, 31 May 2011

MBA For Banking Professionals: Sikkim Manipal University’s MBA (Banking & Finance)

MBA (Banking and Finance) a course specially designed for working professionals, from the ever growing banking industry, prepares one to climb the top echelons of a company. Banking & Finance is one of the fastest growing industries in India but faces an acute talent shortage. According to a published report, close to 5 lac banking professionals are going to retire in the next five years, which accounts for 50% of the total work force. Add to that the rapid expansion plans of Banks within the country to service a growing work-force and you have about 2 lacs vacancies in this year itself. SMU-DE’s program gears up students to turn them into qualified professionals who will stand up to this demand and meet the challenges going forward. With existing students from leading banks like ICICI, Axis, SBI, HDFC, Bank of Baroda, this course is attracting enthusiastic students across various levels in the corporate ladder. The course boasts of faculty with more than 15 years’ experience in the banking industry. The syllabus has been created by industry based professionals and SMU-DE faculty, taking cues from market demands of the banking sector. The industry experts interact with students on a weekly basis to provide the latest update on the industry trends. Being an online course, it gives the convenience of 24x7 access to information through the online portal. It also provides high flexibility to upgrade skills across space and time by embracing technology. The SMU-DE Way is learner centric and puts the student at the core of an experience that combines three distinct learning mechanisms: • Self-Learning: Our industry endorsed self-learning material will be delivered in print to the address you provide. In addition to this, the content is also made available in the digital format plus the access to over a million journals and books. • EduNxt: EduNxt is award winning technology infused learning system. EduNxt empowers students with anywhere, anytime access whereby you have a portable campus on your fingertips at all times. • Personal Contact Programs (PCP): The University gives you the opportunity to interact with industry experts on a one-on-one basis and get to know more about the industry and build contacts. For more information, visit http://online.smude.edu.in/mba_banking_finance/index.aspx or call 1800-266-7979

SMUDE (talk)06:14, 31 May 2011

Winter 2010- Admissions open for all courses

SIKKIM MANIPAL UNIVERSITY DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME ANNOUNCES ADMISSIONS OPEN FOR ALL COURSES Making Quality Higher Education Simple for working professionals • The SMU-DE admissions targets aspirants for both UG and PG programs across Management & Commerce, Information Technology, Journalism, Vocational Sciences and Allied Health • Application forms available at over 700+ learning centres covering 310 cities in the country • SMU-DE courses are offered in a flexible format inclusive of self learning material, counselling at learning centres & through EduNxt, a next generation technology infused virtual learning system accessible via internet • SMU-DE courses are DEC Approved, UGC Recognised & ISO 9001:2000 certified • For details log on to http: www.smude.edu.in or Call:1800 266 7979 (toll free)

Bangalore, Monday November 22, 2010: SMU-DE, one of the largest providers of Distance Education in India, has announced opening of admissions for the Winter 2010 season. Applications to various courses are available at over 710+ SMU-DE Learning Centres covering 310 cities across India. For details, log on to www.smude.edu.in or Call: 1800 266 7979 (toll free). Or feel free to write to us at info@smude.edu.in and we will get back to you at the earliest. The University offers Post Graduate, Graduate, Post Graduate Diploma and Diploma programs across 10 disciplines mentored by the best of faculty and industry experts. The disciplines include Allied Health Sciences, IT, Mass Communication & Journalism, Biotechnology, Apparel & Fashion Designing, Hospitality, Telecom Technology, Commerce and Management. In addition, SMU-DE has recently launched new and advanced specializations in Total Quality Management, Operations Management and Project Management for its MBA program. Aspirants enrolling for this session (and onwards) will also stand to gain through the newly launched next generation learning system ‘EduNxt’ accessible via internet. EduNxt with its flexibility, convenience and accessibility offers a first of its kind learning environment in India that bridges constraints of time and space. With EduNxt one can do small group mentoring, access virtual classrooms, simulation and other interactive content, self-study content, recorded presentations and shared browsing. EduNxt empowers students with anywhere, anytime access. Students will now experience a ‘portable campus’, ‘carry along mentors’ and will have access to over one million online books and journals – all at their fingertips at all times! Additionally, SMU-DE grants lateral entry to those with managerial experience. Under the Lateral Entry scheme, the first semester is waived, allowing for faster completion of the course. The SMU-DE programmes combine academic rigour with personalized learning environment so working professionals who are short of time but not ambition, take that crucial step to a great career that will only enhance one’s career opportunities in the longer run. SMU-DE is recognised & appreciated by students for its efficient processes like – prompt delivery of study materials to students, conduct of scheduled examinations, on-time declaration of results & swift dispatch of certificates & degrees. Our students number more than 3,00,000 across 52 countries is a strong testimony to the success of our program. For details on admission, visit http://mba.smude.edu.in/

About SMU-DE Sikkim Manipal University is a unique public-private initiative between the Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education. SMU, a state University, is recognized by the UGC, Ministry of HRD and is a member of the Associations of Indian Universities. The Distance Education Council has granted recognition to all Distance Education programs offered under the aegis of SMU (Sikkim Manipal University). The SMU Directorate of Distance Education is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

SMUDE (talk)11:24, 22 November 2010

SMU-DE Convocation 2010: The Best Day of Your Life is here…

The biggest day of your life is near. The day when all of Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education(SMU-DE) students participate in the convocation to receive their degrees of excellence and step onto a brand new walk of life. It’s a day that every student wants to experience often but has to be satisfied with the minimal. Nevertheless it is a cherished day for all students and members of SMU-DE that will be remembered for life.

SMU-DE has been a pioneer in the path of practical industry oriented education and its degrees have been recognized as more valuable than those offered by regular colleges. Today as SMU-DE stands chosen as the best distance learning institute of India in terms of teaching efficiency and results and the third best overall, we relish the fact that students of SMU-DE pass out with degrees that work in the real world. It’s no surprise then that SMU-DE students can be found in every industry including the top notch companies such as ICICI Bank, Infosys, HCL, IBM, Wipro, Accenture and Nokia Siemens.

This year SMU-DE has set aside 3 dates for the convocation ceremony spreading across 6 cities. They are September 6 (Kolkata), September 7 (New Delhi) and September 8 (Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Patna and Guwahati). A host of dignitaries are expected to grace the occasion at these places namely R Ramaraj (co-founder Sify), Rajasekaran Pillai (VC, IGNOU), R C Sobti (VC, Punjab University) and Devanand Konwar (Governor of Bihar).

The importance of graduation and the convocation ceremony for many symbolizes the end of student life at SMU-DE and starting of a new journey as being part of SMU-DE alumni. It’s a ceremony where every student is treated like a celebrity with loved ones and friends waiting to capture the moment. The tossing of the hat marks an exuberance of joy and the transition from students to professionals. Be there to enjoy and savor the moment. After all it’s not a day that comes often and should not be missed.

SMUDE (talk)06:54, 2 September 2010

Films and Education: The Larger Picture

Like education, films have become an integral part of our lives. The license to dive into another world of make-belief, they have become objects of projection for many of us that otherwise we would not have even thought of doing in our real lives. Over the years however films have made rapid strides with regards to its significance in the field of education. Projections and alternative identity is something else, but how did films come to get associated with education? It’s the power embedded in them that we as audiences soak up while viewing a motion picture without even paying any heed to the same.

Films are composed of audio and visual effects. It is here that lays the uninhibited power to exploit, motivate and infuse ideas and details into any human being’s mind. The most powerful means to garner attention is what makes it a truly formidable medium and an ideal one to be used to facilitate and accentuate education.

Lack of proper education since time immemorial has been blamed for much of the evils present in society today. The challenge is more when it comes to developing nations. Over burgeoning population levels, lack of education infrastructure, corruption and lack of visionaries have only made matters worse. India being a developing nation faces all of these problems with remarkable high levels of illiteracy and also poverty which further tangles the cycle of education. Only 12% of India’s youth avail higher education. Each year India sees a new crop of 5,00,00 graduates, 75% of whom according to NASSCOM estimates are not easily employable thanks to their lack of job oriented training. So education is not becoming literate it is a means to further the quality of life. Over time the challenges have widened further. The vital aspect now is to capture young minds so that they are enamored by the whole process of education. What better way to do it than by using films as a medium.

Various independent surveys and research have for long boasted of the uses of marriage between education and films. However in a world dominated by technology it offers both a challenge to keep up with the pace and also a luxury for choice that can be inherited for better application. Those who have taken the latter path have achieved undiminished success. One such example would be that of Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education. In a country where the youth population is close to half a billion, SMU-DE has been the pioneer of providing industry based education delivered by incorporating the latest in technology using the audio and visual medium to its maximum.

Voted as the best distance learning institute in the country in terms of results & efficiency and the third best overall, SMU-DE is also the leader in technology blended education. EduNxt, a multi award winning Internet based learning platform uses the tools behind films to make learning fun and interesting. Webinars, video presentations, project collaboration, attending classes and lectures and industry based mentor interaction can all be done at the touch of a button and that too 24x7. It’s no surprise then that SMU-DE has an alumni base exceeding 0.3 million and SMU-DE students work in leading companies such as Infosys, IBM, Wipro, HCL, ICICI Bank and many more.

The idea then is to blend the benefits of films and through the help of advanced technology integrate them into education. The process of which SMU-DE is a live example can be both highly rewarding and enriching. SMU-DE has always believed in education for all and is definitely on the right path to its goal. But as we all know, the wish lingers in our heads that if only other institutions and personalities showed a little more intent and vigor, India would have been far ahead. The tools, resources and the brains exist. It’s the application that is lacking. Hope the day is not far when others too start applying themselves for a better educated India.

SMUDE (talk)08:29, 3 September 2010

Celebrating Freedom in the Field of Higher Education

As India steps into its 64th Independence Day, what better ways to celebrate the true spirit of freedom than the new developments in the field of higher education. Education shapes, builds and creates leaders out of the present generation for the future. India is the world’s second most populous country but a meagre 12% of its population undertakes higher education. But one institution has been making rapid strides towards its goal of offering education to all. It is the Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE). In a country plagued by problems of lack of suitable education infrastructure, exorbitant fees and an education system that stresses more on theory than practicality, SMU-DE is a welcome breather and a pioneer. Voted as the best distance learning institute of India in teaching efficiency and results and the third overall by an independent survey conducted by Careers360 magazine and validated by Hindustan Times, the leading English daily, SMU-DE has an alumni base exceeding 3 lakh students and close to 1.77 lakh students on its rolls presently. Offering a plethora of courses across multiple disciplines, SMU-DE over the years has created a benchmark for quality education that is practical and industry oriented. The disciplines include Banking & Finance, Allied Health Sciences, Information Technology, Mass Communication & Journalism, Biotechnology, Apparel & Fashion Designing, Hospitality, Telecom Technology, Commerce and Management. SMU-DE has recently launched ProDegree courses in BSc Networking and B. Com with specializations in Export-Import Management, Supply Chain Management and Financial Planning. Through a widespread network of 725 University recognized Learning Centres across 310 towns, fully equipped with faculty and certified counsellors, SMU-DE makes sure that every students gets individual attention and guidance. Add to that the multi award winning internet based learning platform, EduNxt. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counselling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies beforehand. Students can also collaborate with their batch mates on projects and assignments. And the results are always declared on time which means saving up on student’s time and the student does not have to wait for long periods before pursuing chosen career path. An institute that is revered across industry circles for its industry ready course material creating professionals, this presents an unique opportunity to boost one’s career path by joining SMU-DE. It’s the freedom that is valued here; the freedom to study anytime, anywhere and the student gets an UGC recognized degree which is on par with any regular college. Add to that the freedom to work while you earn and specialise in the skill sets needed in the chosen profession. All the courses have syllabus designed and validated by industry experts and hence have inbuilt skill sets that are needed in specific industries. No other institute upholds and practices freedom like SMU-DE. After all freedom is on everyone’s mind at the stroke of midnight on August 15th, and SMU-DE gives students not just the independence to study what they want in their own way but also the platform to a great career ahead. A brighter generation for a brighter India.

SMUDE (talk)11:48, 25 August 2010

SMU-DE Fall 2010 Admissions Still On, but closing soon

Bangalore, August 17, 2010: Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education(SMU-DE) has announced that the admissions to their Fall 2010 season will be closing soon. This is a golden opportunity for students and working professionals alike who want to be industry ready and lay the foundation for a great career by joining India’s best distance learning institute. Application forms are available across 725 Learning Centres in 310 towns. For further details visit www.smude.edu.in or write to info@smude.edu.in SMU-DE is the best distance learning institute of India in teaching efficiency and results and this fact has been corroborated by an independent survey by Careers360 magazine and validated by Hindustan Times, the leading English daily. Teaching efficiency is a must in distance learning since the whole program is divided into regular classes and online teaching. Through a widespread network of 725 University recognized Learning Centres across 310 towns, fully equipped with faculty and certified counsellors. SMU-DE makes sure that every students gets individual attention and guidance. Add to that the multi award winning internet based learning platform, EduNxt. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counselling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies beforehand. Students can also collaborate with their batch mates on projects and assignments. And the results are always declared on time which means saving up on student’s time and the student does not have to wait for long periods before pursuing chosen career path. An institute that is revered across industry circles for its industry ready course material creating professionals, this presents an unique opportunity to boost your career path by joining SMU-DE. SMU-DE students work for the leading companies such as Infosys, IBM, Wipro, HCL, ICICI Bank and many more. The University offers Post Graduate, Graduate, Post Graduate Diploma and Diploma programs across 11 disciplines. The disciplines include Allied Health Sciences, IT, Mass Communication, Biotechnology, Apparel & Fashion Design, Hospitality, Telecom Technology, Commerce, Management and Journalism. In addition, SMU-DE has recently launched ProDegree courses in BSc Networking and B. Com with specializations in Export-Import Management, Supply Chain Management and Financial Planning. All the courses have syllabus designed and validated by industry experts and hence have inbuilt skill sets that are needed in specific industries. This practical career oriented structure also allows students to work while they study thereby gaining crucial work experience. It’s an opportunity that should not be lost since seats are filling fast and the admissions will be closing soon. Take a decision now and give your career the boost it deserves. After all SMU-DE is known to provide degrees that work! About SMU-DE Sikkim Manipal University is a unique public-private initiative between the Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education. SMU, a state University, is recognized by the UGC, Ministry of HRD and is a member of the Associations of Indian Universities (AIU). The Distance Education Council has granted recognition to all Distance Education programs offered under the umbrella of SMU-DE. The SMU-DE is also certified by ISO 9001:2000. About Manipal Education Manipal Education is a leader in academic & education services in India. With over 50 years of excellence in the field of Education, the group provides education services across all genres. The group’s presence includes 3 universities - Manipal University, Sikkim Manipal University, and American University of Antigua - and over 30 institutions in India, besides colleges & campuses in Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia & Nepal. In addition to university programmes delivered through 5 campuses in India & 4 overseas, Manipal Education also has a range of education offerings in Distance Education, Professional & Skills Education across multiple streams, as well as industry leading partnerships such as the ICICI Manipal Academy for Banking (in association with ICICI Bank). For more details visit www.smude.edu.in/MBA Tags: Cut-off dates, admissions, Fall 2010, SMUDE, EduNxt, Distance Learning, IT, MBA, Banking, Finance, Commerce, Manipal, Networking, Learning Centres

SMUDE (talk)09:22, 18 August 2010

SMU-DE: A Modest Beginning, Blooming Present and a Blazing Future

Once in a while comes about an institution that believes in trudging along the path to the unknown and in its endeavor to do so breaks away from the tried and tested creating new boundaries of excellence. Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education is one such institute. Conceived as the first PPP model coming out of Northeast India and born out of a unique partnership between Manipal Education and Govt. of Sikkim in 1995, SMU-DE has since revolutionised not just the domain of distance learning but has also brought about a new era of practical industry oriented teaching.

In a country where since decades theory based education has been given sole importance as the world moved ahead of us, the approach by SMU-DE turned out to be a much needed shot of life improving vaccine. So heavily has our education system relied on theory that once the much famed IITs, recognized among the top 10 educational institutes in the world now fail to locate themselves even among the top 50. But the road for SMU-DE has not been smooth. After all, decades of habit had seeped deep into the veins of the education sector. But perseverance, patience and excellence over the last 15 years is now beginning to yield results. A testimony to the grit and vision of this pioneering institution.

SMU-DE is now the best distance education institute in India in terms of teaching efficiency and achieving results. The rankings out in the Hindustan Times also puts SMUDE as the third best distance learning institute in the country and the only one among the top three which is not an open university. ‘It’s a PPP model that works’ screamed an headline on another page of the Careers 360 magazine, indicating the path travelled by SMU-DE over the years.

Today SMU-DE offers more than 40 courses in 11 disciples spread across Management, Hospitality, IT, Telecom, Commerce, Journalism, Fashion Designing, Networking, Health Sciences and Biotechnology. Supported by 6,500 faculty and 65 core faculty, a network of 325 University Recognized Learning centers spread across 310 towns and an alumni base of 3 lakhs, it would easily have one the best prize if there was one for the quickest growing institute in India. The institute has also excelled in the integration of technology with education through its introduction of EduNxt, this multi award winning Internet based Learning Platform allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals over the Internet. Mock tests, videos, presentations and case studies are updated real time on this platform helping students to stay in sync with the industry. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies beforehand. Moreover students can collaborate with their classmates and lectures on projects and assignments by just being on the web.

Any other institute in this position would have probably reached its burnout stage by now. But SMU-DE is in a different league. Its hunger for excellence and its constant endeavor to ensure education for all sees it launch a minimum of 1 new course every year, year on end. Along with new initiatives to increase its efficiency, reach and resources, SMU-DE has won the hearts of top corporate firms and its mentors. SMU-DE students work for the best public and private companies like Infosys, Wipro, Microsoft, IBM, HCL, Dabur, ICICI Bank.

SMU-DE is a vital cog in the wheel of India’s aim to achieve maximum literacy levels by 2020. A fact reiterated by the HRD Minister himself when he mentioned the importance of distance learning institutes vis a vis Indian literacy levels. The future too seems brighter than ever before. With the corporate world wanting only work ready skill oriented professionals from the first day itself and the spread of Internet in the Indian society, SMU-DE stands as the only institute which believes and practices in both of them. Over the coming years one would see SMU-DE scaling new heights, widening its resources and base and eventually creating the unknown path that it set out for so that others can follow.

SMUDE (talk)04:20, 18 August 2010

Sikkim Manipal University: A Friend for 1.7 Lakh Students

SMU-DE guides students to a complete holistic education

Friendship day celebrated every year on the first Sunday of August is a tribute to perhaps the most primitive form of bonding amongst humans. Strings of love, fun, remorse and support describe the variant forms of friendship in the best possible way. A reflection of the most fundamental relation and the perfect one that goes on to describe humans as the most social animal on the planet. Taking cue from this iconic relationship, Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) has modeled itself as an institution that follows all the flavors of friendship in a subtle way albeit making self learning more enjoyable. With a student roll of 1.7 lakh, SMU-DE values its bond with each and every student increasing interaction and collaboration with students as well as between students with the help of breakthrough technologies that will continue to shape the field of distance education for time to come. As part of this constant endeavor of developing strong interpersonal bonds and fostering team work, we have established 725 Learning Centers (LCs) across 310 towns in the country. The LCs act as nodal points between students and the university. Apart from regular classes and training, the LCs has EduNxt recognized counselors who provide guidance on career, course and all issues pertaining to the overall growth of the individual. The counselors interact one on one with every student thereby making the process fair and personal oriented which leads to better results on part of the student. To make the whole self-learning system enjoyable and not time bound, we have at every student’s disposal the award winning Internet based learning system, EduNxt. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals over the Internet. Mock tests, videos, presentations and case studies are updated real time on this platform helping students to stay in sync with the industry. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies beforehand. Moreover students can collaborate with their classmates and lectures on projects and assignments. To guide students at their every step is our 6500 strong faculty, industry mentors and our 3 lakh strong alumni base. Interaction with professionals from the industry happens every week whereby students are given a complete insight on the vital aspects of working in their chosen field. Our ever helpful alumni regularly comes in to assist students with lectures, counseling, guidance and job opportunities and in the process share their success stories motivating the students and helping them plan their careers ahead. As the world recovers post recession much has changed with respect to industry ethics. Hiring trained and skilled personnel is the topmost priority on every employers list. Moreover work experience is given added importance like never before. At SMU-DE we understand these needs and prepare skilled workforce from every angle who are not just proficient in work life but also alert and proactive in every step of their life.

SMUDE (talk)11:37, 16 August 2010

Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education (SMU-DE) programme launches ProDegree

Bangalore, 2010: Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) programme, counted by Careers 360 magazine among the top 3 distance education providers in India, has launched job – ready graduation under the ProDegree programme.

The ProDegree courses are being offered under two broad disciplines; Bachelor of Science in Networking Technology (BScNT) and Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com). Under the Commerce ProDegree, three specialisations are offered - B.Com in Export-Import Management, B.Com in Supply Chain Management & B.Com in Financial Planning.

Course content has two essential components: Knowledge & Skills. Knowledge deals with sector specific understanding needed to succeed in an industry. Skills are hands-on/ technical/ employability - enhancing skills that enable a student to get a job even as he is studying for his degree, and get a better job year on year.

Incremental employability is the catch phrase of the SMU-DE ProDegree programme. Well-known training industry veterans such as Datacraft (insert website link here), IndiaSkills (link) and FTDC (link) have partnered with SMU-DE to provide Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma to students.

Employability – focussed course construct provides students with a certificate at the end of the first year (that certifies him to get certain, entry-level jobs); a Diploma at the end of the second year (certifying him as eligible for the next level of jobs) and an Advanced Diploma at the end of the third year, along with his degree (which certifies him to the next level of jobs); all in the specialisation of his choice.

All the skill certificates and diplomas are provided by the industry partners while the end of course degree will be given by SMU-DE. The faculty comprising in-house professionals from the industry partners and visiting industry mentors team up to provide the best of training and practical knowledge to the students.

SMU-DE has just been voted by Careers360 Magazine (Outlook group) as the best distance learning institute in India in terms of efficiency and results and among the top 3 distance education providers in the country. Recognized by the Distance Education Council of India (DEC), UGC & Ministry of Human Resource & Development (HRD), SMU-DE is also a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK (ACU).

The industry demands trained professionals who are experts in their chosen field. Knowledge, skills and the candidate’s ability to put them into practice in real time is considered more important than the degree itself. As firms have shown post recession, they will go any length to try and retain such valuable talent. At SMU-DE we realize industry’s needs and with the ProDegrees we help create professionals who will meet the standards and the requirements of not just the present but also the future.

For more details visit: www.smudde.edu.in/bcom_2010

SMUDE (talk)09:33, 11 August 2010

Pulse of Globalized Society: Commerce

The importance of commerce can never be falsified. It is the very basis for exchange of goods across the globe and development of economies. Countries lacking proper commerce system often find themselves in precarious positions whereby they are unable to generate the required amount of capital that would in turn help its citizens to maintain a high standard of living. The fundamentals of commerce are spread across every industry, discipline and organization. The demand for qualified individuals in different specializations of commerce is also very high. The exciting prospect about graduating with a commerce degree is that it offers endless opportunities for doing valuable work where one will know that the role played has been essential.

So how does one get into a career in the field of commerce? First and foremost one needs to pursue a proper degree such as graduation or masters. Diplomas provide jobs but not careers. Secondly choose the line of specialization such as banking, accounting, export-import according to one’s own interest. With so many institutes offering different options under commerce, it becomes difficult to select the right institute. Add to that the demand of the industry itself which values skilled professionals who have work experience. Sikkim Manipal University- Distance Education (SMU-DE) programme has taken all these aspects in its course offering Bachelor of Science in Information System (BScIS). The course while focusing on the fundamentals and principles of commerce delves in-depth with law, economics, accounting and taxation. Designed by industry experts, the course curriculum provides students to imbibe necessary skill sets that are sought after by the industry. Making it easy for students to learn faster is our multi award winning learning system EduNxt. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies beforehand. Moreover it allows students time to work and earn while they study thereby gaining crucial industry related experience as well as being self reliant financially. For students eager to study in a classroom environment we have established more than 725 University authorized Learning Centers across 310 cities that have their own certified faculty and counselors ready to help students at all times.

With a faculty boasting of extensive industry experience, teaching method has been made easy and simple with case studies, real life examples and visual aids for accurate demonstration. The idea is to allow students to develop a holistic understanding of not just the subject in question but the industry in itself, its scope, limitations and challenges. SMU-DE students who have successfully completed this course are now working with some of the leading financial institutions in the country, a strong testimony to their level of skill preparedness and professionalism.

The latest field is e-commerce which in India is still at a very nascent stage. A lot of infrastructural changes and widespread use of the web will ensure that it catches up in the coming years. All of these add up to create a host of opportunities career wise in the near future. SMU-DE understands the needs and demands of the industry and prepares its students to take on such a future. We impart degrees that work in the real world.

Click here for more information: http://www.smude.edu.in/Programs/Commerce/Programmes/Graduate/Pages/BachelorofCommerceinInformationSystemBComIS.aspx

SMUDE (talk)11:41, 10 August 2010

Sikkim Manipal University: Voted Best Distance Learning Institute in India in terms of Results & Efficiency

Sikkim Manipal University: Voted Best Distance Learning Institute in India in terms of Results & Efficiency

Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Learning at its best in resource, reach, learning and experience

The results are out and Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education has been voted as Best Distance Learning Institute in India in terms of Results & Efficiency. It is only institute at the top that is not an open university. What’s more is that SMU-DE has been ranked 1 in terms of results & efficiency and rank 2 in learning & experience. The two most important parameters for every student. Careers360 magazine from the Outlook Group has conducted the first ever objective ranking of 30 leading distance learning institutions across India based on qualitative and quantitative parameters. The results validate Sikkim Manipal University’s constant endeavor to bring forth quality education keeping in mind both the industry and the student’s needs. The ranking was determined after examining 30 top institutions across three broad domains namely Reach & Resources, Learning & Experience and Results & Efficiency. Nimesh Chandra, Head of Research of Careers360 had spearheaded the exercise collating data on all existing distance learning institutions, visiting select universities, study centers and interview with stake holders. The universe for Open and Distance Learning Institutes in India comprises of 249 institutes, out of which 176 institutes are currently offering Distance Education Programmes. Careers360 undertook shortlisting of 50 institutions based on student enrollment data. Careers360 then sent letters to these institutions with a questionnaire. Additional data was also taken from the Distance Education Council (DEC). Based on the responses received from these institutes, final 30 were chosen for ranking processes. These then were subjected to a thorough research that included visits by the research team of Careers360 magazine, focus on infrastructure and diversity of the institutions, and its reach. The whole research process emphasized on quality of resources, delivery mechanisms and output focusing on the performance of the institute in helping the trained student getting a better career prospect.

Scoring a sum total of 616 points, Sikkim Manipal University is ranked 3 overall in the list of the best distance learning institutions across the country. Importantly SMU-DE’s methods towards efficiency of teaching and interactive learning have earned it rank 1 and 2 respectively. Teaching efficiency is a must in distance learning as this mode focuses on self learning. Hence getting the right message across from the faculty to the student is vital. Similarly interactive learning has by far been considered as a major hindrance in distance education when compared with regular colleges. Institutes like Sikkim Manipal University has successfully negated this drawback thereby increasing industry acceptance of distance education and making the learning experience a more enjoyable one. SMU-DE also found special mention in the article with regards to Public Private Partnership model that works. SMU-DE has always believed and delivered courses that are in sync with the needs of the industry making sure that the student gets a degree that will facilitate his career growth. Established in 1995, Sikkim Manipal University is a public-private partnership between the Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education. With a student strength of nearly 1,77,000, the institute offers distance education across 11 broad disciplines aided by 65 core faculty members and over 6,500 mentors. The disciplines include Information Technology, Management, Hospitality Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Apparel & Fashion Designing, Allied Health Sciences, Telecom, Commerce and Fire & Safety.

Making it easy for students to learn faster is the multi award winning learning system EduNxt. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies beforehand. Moreover it allows students time to work and earn while they study thereby gaining crucial industry related experience as well as being self reliant financially. For students eager to study in a classroom environment there are more than 725 University authorized Learning Centers across 310 cities that have their own certified faculty and counselors ready to help students at all times.

The findings of the research have once again put the focus back on SMU-DE as being the undisputed leader in teaching efficiently. From here on we strive to make the experience and value of studying at SMU-DE even better and it’s now our aim to come at rank 1 across all categories. Students at SMU-DE don’t just get an higher education, they get a degree that works!

For more details please visit: www.smude.edu.in

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SMUDE (talk)09:03, 4 August 2010

Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education: A Family of over 1.77 Lakh Students

Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education: A Family of over 1.77 Lakh Students

SMU-DE guides students in their education path to a better career

Parent’s day celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of July is a form of tribute to the most influential figures in every human being’s life. Pillars of strength and support, they guide every child in the right direction till they can take it up on their own. A reflection of the most fundamental institution called family; parents are the sustainers of well-being. Taking cue from these iconic figures, Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) has modeled itself as an institution that follows the virtues of family and parents. With a family of 1.77 lakh students, SMU-DE has been a constant pillar of support guiding students to a great career in their chosen field. Offering a plethora of courses across 10 disciplines, SMU-DE over the years has created a benchmark for quality education that is practical and industry oriented. The disciplines include Allied Health Sciences, Information Technology, Mass Communication & Journalism, Biotechnology, Apparel & Fashion Designing, Hospitality, Telecom Technology, Commerce and Management. In addition, SMU-DE has recently launched new and advanced specializations in Banking & Finance, Total Quality Management, Operations Management and Project Management for its MBA program. Aided by courses designed by industry experts and a faculty boasting of more than a decade of industry experience, SMU-DE offers students a degree that works in the real world. With a heavy emphasis on imparting practical skill sets, the university has gained the trust of many high profile firms such as IBM, Wipro, HCL, Aditya Birla, Dabur Pharma, Nokia-Siemens and many more. Blurring the lines of college based education and distance learning is our multi award winning interactive online learning system EduNxt. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals over the Internet. Mock tests, videos, presentations and case studies are updated real time on this platform helping students to stay in sync with the industry. All this can be done 24x7 helping students to plan their studies before hand. Moreover it allows students time to work and earn while they study thereby gaining crucial industry related experience as well as being self reliant financially. For students eager to study in a classroom environment we have established more than 725 University authorized Learning Centers across 310 cities that have EduNxt certified counselors ready to help students at all times. As the world recovers post recession much has changed with respect to industry ethics. Hiring trained and skilled personnel is the topmost priority on every employers list. Moreover work experience is given added importance like never before. At SMU-DE we understand these needs and prepare skilled workforce who can go out and meet the demands of the industry.

Over the years our expertise and student’s dedication has helped us build a strong alumni base which is our family and as every family we derive our strength from their success. SMU-DE believes it’s a friend cum parent for all its students giving their careers the platform to success. 

Know more about SMU-DE Alumni http://www.smude.edu.in/AlumniPreLogin/Pages/Counselling.aspx

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SMUDE (talk)11:11, 3 August 2010

Practical Education for an Active Hospitality Industry

Humans have an innate desire to explore which in the earliest days led them to explore different countries and continents far away from their native land. Now it’s transformed into a habit of travelling around whether for business or leisure. The very same desire of exploration gave birth to one of the most dynamic industry: The Hospitality Industry. The hotel and catering industry has been one of the fastest growing industries in the world in the past 50 years. For the Indian hospitality industry it has been estimated that the employment opportunities will increase to 15 million by 2010. “It is estimated that between now and the year 2013, the hotel industry will generate 250 million jobs which will consist of approximately 10% of total world employment." The World Travel and Tourism Council One of the fastest growing industries in the world will continue to expand in the same breath for years to come. Though that opens up a huge lot of career opportunities, the industry in itself is demanding of talent, time and soft skills. Work experience receives outmost importance in this profession. So along with a degree in hospitality management students must look for institutes that provide them the option to work as well. Also institutes that put more importance on practical training of soft skills should be given preference while taking up the course. One institute that comes to the mind which provides all the necessary choices in this profession is the Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE). The curriculum at SMU-DE has been designed by professionals and in-house faculty who have more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. Most importantly the basic structure of the course relies on imparting the exact skills as required by the industry. Keeping current market trends in mind regular interactions and seminars are conducted with mentors from the industry and other leading hospitality firms. SMU-DE offers a variety of hospitality courses at different levels of specialization. Starting with Diploma in Hospitality & Catering Management to Advanced Diploma in Hospitality & Catering Management, BSc in Hospitality & Catering and PGD in Travel & Tourism Management. Pursuing a course in SMU-DE provides you with the luxury to study at your own pace and time. This is made possible by EduNxt, the virtual learning platform that supports video chatting with lecturers and industry mentors, counseling, online library and much more. This in turn provides you with ample time to work as well as study thereby increasing your educational qualification while adding on crucial work experience at the same time. India’s foreign exchange earnings from travel and tourism industry in 2005 were US $ 5731 million. According to a survey conducted across 134 countries by the world’s travelers, India is rated as the fifth most preferred destination. These statistics indicate the importance and the demand for trained and skilled individuals in the hospitality industry is all set to grow by many folds in the coming years. The industry increasingly prefers employees on whom they don’t have to spend much time for training or induction. Instead it is always profitable when the individual can be on the job from first day itself. We at Sikkim Manipal University believe in creating individuals who are ready to take on such a future and face any challenge thrown in the way. For more information visit www.smude.edu.in/BScHCM or call on 1800 266 7979 (Toll free).

SMUDE (talk)10:41, 29 July 2010

SMU-DE courses in Allied Health Sciences churns out highly trained professionals

With technological advancements healthcare services have come a long way over a period of time. Like good medical treatment is a prerequisite for any form of treatment, healthcare services if professional ensures speedy and accurate diagnosis of illness as well as a fast recovery to normal health. Importance and vitality of professional allied healthcare science is well-established now thereby increasing the demand for trained professionals in this field of science. Though slow to tickle into the Indian healthcare system, it is at present a widely acknowledged stream. Being the second most populous country in the world and a fast spreading healthcare industry this field is set to grow more in the coming years. Quite a few institutions across the country are offering specialized courses in allied health sciences. However most of these institutes put a lot of importance on theory and less on practical and even lesser on soft skills such as crisis management techniques and communication abilities. Sikkim Manipal University however has always deviated from the ordinary in terms of their training and teaching methods. Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) is offering a range of courses under the discipline of Allied Health Sciences and it’s thoroughly geared towards making competent professionals who can be immediately absorbed by the industry. Globally oriented curriculum prepared by industry based professionals who possess more than 10 years of relevant experience ensures each specialization is career oriented with a heavy emphasis on skills and techniques. The courses on offer are Diploma in Health Information Administration (DHIA), Diploma in Medical Imaging Technology (DMIT), Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT), Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (BScHIA), Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology (BScMIT), Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (BScMLT), Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology (BScBI), Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Services Management (PGDHSM), Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics (PGDBI), Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research & Regulatory Affairs (PGDCRRA), Master of Business Administration in Health Care Services (MBAHCS), Master of Science in Clinical Research & Regulatory Affairs (MScCRRA) and Master of Science in Bioinformatics (MScBI). Pursuing a course in SMU-DE provides you with the luxury to study at your own pace and time. This is made possible by EduNxt, the virtual learning platform that supports video chatting with lecturers and industry mentors, counseling, online library and much more. This in turn provides you with ample time to work as well as study thereby increasing your educational qualification while adding on crucial work experience at the same time. The very pulse of holistic healthcare, allied health professionals comprise over 60% of healthcare workforce and the profession is one of the fastest growing occupations globally. The industry has always preferred employees on whom they don’t have to spend much time for training or induction. Instead it is always beneficial when the individual can be on the job from first day itself. Furthermore there is hardly any margin for error in the field. Sikkim Manipal University believes in creating thoroughly trained professionals who will usher in the new era of healthcare in India. For more information visit www.smude.edu.in/MScCRRA or call on 1800 266 7979 (Toll free).

SMUDE (talk)09:19, 28 July 2010

MBA Banking & Finance: A Degree That Works

Ushering a practical approach to education that is in sync with the needs of the corporate world, Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE) launches a new course; MBA in Banking & Finance. Open to employees from the banking or finance industry with a minimum of 3 years work experience, this 4 semester course is structured to nurture managers out of them. The Banking & Finance industry has undergone a host of changes and the emphasis now lies on hiring trained professionals who can seamlessly integrate into the daily working of the bank. The challenge is to find out such trained professionals since the demand is lot more than supply. The Indian banking sector has been growing at a pace of 7% since the start of this decade. Growth forecasts predict that by the end of 2014, the Indian banking and finance industry will need a minimum of 1.7 million managerial people while the current available workforce is only around 1 million. A deficit of 0.7 million. Keeping in view the lack of managerial talent, Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education offers this course to hone and deliver professionals who can fill in this gap. The SMU-DE MBA programme in Banking & Finance provides students a chance to upgrade their skill sets and make them potential managers of the future. Students will be trained and familiarized with the latest tools in banking, policies, products and culture so that they build an immediate applicable knowledge base. It is a chance for the employees to take their career to the next level. To assist students further is a strong faculty base of the largest network of industry practitioners who know banking and finance from ground up. The entire curriculum has been created and endorsed by professionals from the industry. Since it involves working professionals the course has been structured to not hamper their daily work schedule. Making this possible and easy is the multi award winning learning system EduNxt which allows students to study according to their needs. This virtual learning platform is available for all MBA B&F students over the Internet. EduNxt allows students to access faculty mentors, industry experts, counseling, virtual classrooms, self-learning materials and over a million journals. Mock tests, videos, presentations and case studies are updated real time on this platform helping students to stay in sync with the industry. All this at one’s own time and pace thereby providing students ample time to plan and schedule their studies. Manipal Education (ME) has already tied up with ICICI Bank for ICICI Manipal Academy of Banking and Insurance (IMA) to train selected personnel from ICICI bank and make them industry ready. Presently around 3000 SMU-DE students/alumni are working for the best banks in the country like ICICI, HDFC, ING Vysya, Citi Bank and Deutsche Bank. The course consists of significant amount of corporate interactions and workshops have been planned all across India with top ranking banking officials. Enrol today into SMU-DE to give your future the boost it deserves. Get a degree that really works in real world. For more information just visit MBA in Banking and Finance or call 1800 266 7979 toll free.

SMUDE (talk)07:17, 23 July 2010

It’s a Fashionable World

It is time for the chic fashionistas to strut their stuff. It is time for the third edition of the highly successful Bangalore Fashion Week which goes on the floors starting July 22. This four day event will showcase the best collections from designers adorned by the topmost models and attended by top celebrities. Fashion designers though form the most vital link of the ensemble. With so many platforms to showcase their designs and fashion cues changing often, designers have to be on their toes to come up with something new and attractive every time. Creativity, smartness, communication and crisis management abilities are needed the most. A dynamic profession where if one finds a footing, fame and money is never in short supply. Moreover there is space for everyone as long as creativity keeps flowing. So how does one become a fashion designer? With so many institutes offering courses in fashion designing it becomes difficult to select the right institute. Adding to the complexity is the huge demand for fashion designing course since this is one of the fastest growing sectors and with ample spotlight. Fashion designing involves less of theory and more of practical’s with a lot of insight into communication techniques, etiquettes, management techniques and crisis handling abilities. Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE) has taken all these aspects in its course offering Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Fashion Designing (BScAFD). The course while focussing on elements of pattern techniques and fundamentals of designing equally focuses on imparting of soft skills and all aspects of marketing and advertising to ensure that its students are best prepared to develop a solid footing in the industry. This six semester course is complete with practical sessions, industry mentoring, specialisations and internships. With a faculty boasting of extensive industry experience, teaching method has been made easy and simple with case studies, real life examples and visual aids for accurate demonstration. The idea is to allow students to develop a holistic understanding of not just the subject in question but the industry in itself, its scope, limitations and challenges. SMU-DE students who have successfully completed this course are now working with some of the leading apparel houses in the country, a strong testimony to their level of preparedness and training. It’s a bit cliché to think that all fashion designers work for apparel manufacturers, creating designs for men, women and children for mass market consumption. Fashion designers may work full-time for one company, known as in-house designers. They may work alone or as part of a team. Freelance designers work for themselves, and sell their designs to fashion houses, directly to shops, or to clothing manufacturers. Some fashion designers are self-employed and design for individual clients. According to the Annual Reports (2006-2007), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, the domestic market will grow to the tune of Rs. 23,000 crores by 2010 and generate an additional employment for approximately 12-17 million workers of whom 5 million will be skilled in the same time span. That in turn adds up to a sea of opportunities for talented individuals to excel. We at SMU-DE understand the needs of the industry with an eye on the future and prepare our students so that they can excel in the industry and carve out a niche segment of their own.

SMUDE (talk)11:31, 22 July 2010

Telecom Industry in India: At the Cusp of Revolution

India, along with other large developing countries, is currently at the forefront of a rapid expansion of its telecommunications infrastructure. In an attempt to speed up the process, find private finance, and introduce competition, the government has brought in many changes. If the revenue collected by the Government of India on 3G auction services is anything to go by, then the future projection for this sector looks extremely rich. Students studying telecommunication presently have never had it better in terms of career prospects. Having said that I must add that the institute in which one is studying is of outmost importance. After all what is the value of a telecommunication’s degree if one has no work experience or has not got extensive training on skill sets. That’s what matters most in the industry. Sikkim Manipal University has realized the needs that are prevalent in the industry and is offering skill oriented Master of Science in Telecom Technology (MScTT). The course in MScTT has been formulated by industry experts and in-house faculty of SMU-DE taking cue from the immediate needs of the market and future requirements. The course is heavily dependent on providing a strong technical competence in modern IT practices in the telecom field. Hands-on skills on how to handle databases, next generation networks and signaling system forms a core part of this course making it one of the most practical oriented courses on offer. Any SMU-DE course also gives you the luxury to study at your own pace and time. This is made possible by EduNxt, the virtual learning platform that supports video chatting with lecturers and industry mentors, counseling, online library and much more. This in turn provides you with ample time to work as well as study thereby increasing your educational qualification while adding on crucial work experience at the same time. Through this course Electrical and electronics engineers, computer software engineers, systems analysts and customer service professionals will find great growth opportunities. Specialists in the areas of network management, DSP, next-generation networks (E.g. VOIP), intelligent network and switching, wireless technologies, telecom applications and testing (VOIP & Wireless) are in great demand in the market and will continue to be so attracting high pay packages. With the introduction of 3G services and more telecom players joining, the Indian telecommunication market is at the cusp of revolution on the lines of IT. SMU-DE believes in creating individuals who are ready to take on the bright future and face any challenge thrown in the way. For more information visit http://www.smude.edu.in/Programs/TelecomTechnology/Pages/WhatisTelecomTechnology.aspx or call on 1800 266 7979 (Toll free).

SMUDE (talk)06:46, 21 July 2010
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