Breakthroughs in technology each year has revolutionized the way the world has been moving forward. But when it came to higher education the same has been found to be lacking. With millions still being illiterate not just in India but across the world, a path breaking initiative was needed to incorporate technology and education in a way that would make education more accessible breaking down the barriers of time and space. Sikkim Manipal University-Distance Education (SMU-DE) did just that in May 2009 with EduNxt. Launched by Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft Corp. USA and Anand Sudarshan, CEO Manipal Education, EduNxt is the next generation learning system that integrates modern technology and teaching techniques.
Supporting a high level of interactivity, EduNxt is a Internet based learning platform. Through EduNxt, one can access virtual classrooms, chat with faculty, counselling, placements, peer to peer interaction, personalised guidance from faculty and industry experts, model question papers and log in to over 1 million books and journals. EduNxt has not just made the quality of distance education better but has also led to a higher acceptance amongst employers.
EduNxt supports all the courses offered by SMU-DE. The courses include Master in Business Administration, PG Diploma in Business Administration, PG Diploma in specialization areas of Management, Bachelor of Computer Applications, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Computer Applications, Master of Science in Computer Science, PG Diploma in Computer Applications, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master in Business Administration in Health Care Services, Master of Science in Clinical Research & Regulatory Authorities, PG Diploma in Clinical Research & Regulatory Authorities and Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication.
EduNxt represents a whole new era in distance education whereby students can acess a classroom at any point of time from any place. In the first year itself, EduNxt achieved a penetration of 45% of the 3 lakh plus student base. The site has been regularly accessed from over 90 cities across India and 79 countries world wide.
About Manipal Education
Manipal Education is a pioneering and leading academic & education services provider in India. With over 50 years 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.
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.
SMU-DE programs are recognised by DEC for three academic years 2009-10 to 2011-12. Dispatching education round the clock through more than 700 Learning Centres based across 247 districts in 303 towns, learning has never been easier. In addition to formal university programmes delivered through 5 campuses in India & 4 overseas, Manipal Education also offers Distance Education, Professional & Skills Education across multiple genres.
SMU-DE is recognised & appreciated by students for its efficient processes like – prompt delivery of study materials to students, EduNxt initiative, 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 points to the success of our program.
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