5 reasons why you should be cautious before enrolling in a distance/online education course

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5 reasons why you should be cautious before enrolling in a distance/online education course

Learning through distance education programmes has become quite popular over the last decade. Earlier, while there used to be only a handful of universities imparting education through distance/online education mode, at present there are close to 225 UGC approved universities across India.

While distance/online education programmes are recommended for short-term certificate courses and value add courses, they are a strict no-no for your primary education of graduation or post-graduation. Here is why you should be cautious from the heavily advertised distance education/online education programmes for your primary education of graduation/post-graduation:

  1. Distance education is in no way equivalent to regular education: The distance education mode came into existence for those students who did not had the time to pursue a regular course because of their full time jobs or businesses. It was a medium for these professionals to complete their post-graduation (in most cases) to spruce up their resumes and seek promotion. Of late, it has become a trend for fresh students out of schools to enroll in a distance education course for BBA, BCA, BSc, BA etc. This is a very risky career step and students as well as their guardians should stay away from it.
  1. Top companies avoid distance/online education candidates: The HR recruiters from top companies have mentioned it time and again that they avoid candidates with a distance/online education background for their graduation/post-graduation.
  1. The stigma associated with Distance Courses: Distance/online mode courses do not provide the same value add to your resume as a regular course does. Moreover, there is a stigma attached to it – these courses are done by those students who could not get through regular courses. So, it’s better to stay away than be caught in this quagmire.
  1. Commercialization of distance education – All through the nineties and the early 2000’s there used to be only a handful of government universities like IGNOU etc. that offered distance education courses. Of late, hundreds of private universities have come up that offer not only UGC approved courses but also fake courses. Students, because of lack of information and guidance fall for this trap and end up ruining their careers.
  1. Poor quality of education and learning: India is a country where we regularly crib that the quality of education in our schools and colleges is on a decline, that the infrastructure is not upto global standards, faculty are not updated etc. Now just think about a course where there is NO infrastructure, NO faculty and NO strictness of classes to timelines for exams. I am sure you are smart enough to understand the quality of education imparted by such courses!

To sum it all, distance education is good if you are looking at it as a value add to your regular education graduation or post-graduation. But it is strictly advisable to be cautious before enrolling through this mode for your primary course of graduation like BBA, BCA. BSc, BA or for courses like MBA, MCA etc.

Let me know if you still have some queries, you can meet me by setting up an appointment here or can even post your queries here for responses from my students and community members.

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