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

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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.

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SMUDE (talk)21:33, 11 August 2010