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In yet another pioneering initiative, ZEE BUSINESS conducted a survey on INDIA’S BEST DISTANCE LEARNING B-SCHOOLS. This is inarguably India’s 1st survey on distance learning management education.

As per rankings announced after survey, the top rank went to IMT Center for Distance Learning (IMT-CDL).

The subsequent ranks have been given to NMIMS-SDL, Symbiosis School of Distance Learning, IGNOU and Welingkar Institute of Management Development; followed by Amity School of Distance Learning, All India Management Association (AIMA) Sikkim Manipal University: Distance Education, Kurukshetra University and Annamalai University respectively.

Rank 1: IMT-CDL

IMT-CDL or Institute of Management Technology – Center for Distance Learning, Ghaziabad was established in 1986. From then onwards, it has seen growth not only in number of students but in the innovation in courses as well. The programs are specially designed for working professionals.


Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies’ School of Distance Learning (NMIMS SDL) is an extended arm of the NMIMS University, Mumbai. According to NMIMS SDL, all the programs are flexible and emphasize self paced learning.

Rank 3: Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning

Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning, Pune is one of the most popular options for Distance Learning for the working professionals. At present, SCDL has over 2 lakh students. SCDL mentions that it emphasizes on the development of the institute and the programs according to the latest needs and developments.

Rank 4: IGNOU

Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi is one of the oldest and the most renowned institute of distance learning in India. IGNOU was established in 1985. It is the largest university in the world with over 30 lakh students. IGNOU hosts the Secretariats of the SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL) and the Global Mega Universities Network (GMUNET) initially supported by UNESCO. One of the prominent School in IGNOU is School of Management Studies.

Rank 5: Welingkar Institute of Management – Distance Learning

Welingkar Institute of Management - Distance Learning, Mumbai offers part time Distance Learning Diploma as well as Post Graduate Level programs. Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai was established in 1977. Welingkar mentions, “Welingkar has introduced many innovative concepts to make distance learning practical oriented to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend full time classes.”

Commenting on the top ranking, Dr. A M Sherry, Director, IMT-CDL said, “I am really happy that IMT-CDL has been ranked No. 1 by Zee Business. At IMT-CDL, it is believed that if adequate efforts and processes are established, the quality of education offered by distance institutions can be as good, even better than regular full time education.”

List of top ten :

1)    IMT Centre for distance Learning

2)    Narsee Monjee (NMIMS) School of Distance Learning

3)    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

4)    IGNOU

5)    Prin. L.  N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai

6)    Amity school of Distance Learning

7)    AIMA

8)    Sikkim Manipal University: Distance Education

9)    Kurukshetra University

10) Annamalai University


Quantitative approach (conducting face-to-face interviews with the respondents) was followed for the survey. The survey results were then vetted by Zee Business editorial to arrive the final rankings. To generate a comprehensive index and overall ranking, the respondents were divided into 3 broad categories.

Prospective students: Any person working in organizations of repute and who wants to do a distance learning management course in the next one year.

 Alumni: Any working professional who has done a distance learning management course, in the last three years, not necessarily from the management institute being ranked.

HR Heads: HR heads of organisations who typically hire from management institutes, were asked about the acceptability of distance learning management courses in general and about their perception of the institutes being ranked in particular.

Parameters for ranking B-Schools:

 1)    Course content: 10%

2)    Quality of course material : 10%

3)    Course delivery mode:10%

4)    Personal contact Program:15%

5)    Exclusive Faculty Members:10%

6)    Research & Consultancy:10%

7)    Library Facility: 10%

8)    Industry Acceptability:15%

9)    Examination System: 10%

First Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 11:36


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