The University in the academic year 1995-96, entered the field of Distance Education to cater to the needs of the student community. The courses offered by the Directorate are innovative and job oriented. The programmes such as MBA Marketing, MBA Finance, MBA HRM and MBA International Business are some of the very first programmes to be launched through Distance mode in the entire Asian continent.
The Directorate of Distance Education insists a Degree with 15 years [10+2+3] [11+1+3] [11+2+2] pattern for enrolling in its Post Graduate/PG Diploma Programmes and +2 or equivalent for Graduate Programmes.
Its uniqueness lies in the Personal Contact Programmes which are conducted regularly and systematically for all the courses. Experienced Faculty from various Universities are drawn to deliver lectures so that the target audience receives the maximum benefit and derive academic inputs from these Personal Contact Programmes. At the end of every Personal Contact Programme the students are asked to evaluate and give a feed back on the programme conducted so that an objective assessment of the programmes are made. Course materials are prepared assiduously by experienced Faculty who have made a mark in their area of specialisations.
The Directorate has opened Personal Contact Programme centres in about 35 important cities spread throughout the length and breadth of this country starting from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Some of the remote centres are Jammu, Srinagar, Port Blair and Guwahati.
Centres at Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Kuwait:
The Directorate of Distance Education has launched its programmes in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait with centres at Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Kuwait. This step has been taken in order to provide a platform for those Indians, who have settled in the Gulf, where regular programmes are not available, to pursue their studies.