Sikkim Manipal University?
The Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) is a
University located at Gangtok and established in
accordance with the Sikkim Manipal University
of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences Act,
1995 (Act No. 9 of 1995) of Government of Sikkim.
It is a unique Public Private Partnership (PPP)
model between the State of Sikkim and Manipal
Education and Medical Group (MEMG), the first of
its kind in the country. Under this agreement the
Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim is the Chancellor of
the SMU and many representatives of the Government
of Sikkim form part of the Senior Management of
units of Sikkim Manipal University are:-
a) Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science (SMIMS).
b) College of Physiotherapy.
c) College of Nursing.
d) Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT).
e) Directorate of Distance Education (DDE).
you mean by Distance Education?
refers to the education which is imparted over
long distances with the help of modern technology
and communication facilities. The SMU offers
Distance Education programs as part of its effort
to provide quality education to students who, for
various reasons, cannot join the formal education
system. Postgraduate, Graduate degree/diploma
level programs are offered in various disciplines
such as Information Technology, Management
Studies, Vocational Sciences, Life Sciences and
Allied Health Sciences.
SMU-DE programs are Learner-centric, using the
four distinct delivery methods i.e. Self Learning
Materials (SLMs), Counseling at Learning Centers,
VSAT delivered special lectures and EduNxt - the
next generation learning system that takes full
advantage of the modern teaching techniques to
create a virtual classroom.
3.What is the difference between
Correspondence Course and Distance Education?
In a correspondence course, a student is expected
to study on his/her own using the Self Learning
Materials (SLMs) provided by the University. A
student does not have the benefit of a teacher for
most part of the learning process, who can provide
him/her with academic counseling.
Distance Education is more structured and allows
learners to learn at their own place and pace.
Two-way communication permits the students to
contact the teachers through electronic media.
Well established student-support services like
Virtual class-rooms, practical lab facilities,
peer group interactions, mentor chats, counseling
and advising sessions at Authorized Learning
Centers, Help Desk & Regional Offices etc ensure
quality learning outcomes.
4.Is the SMU recognized by the University
Grants Commission (UGC)?
Yes, the SMU is recognized by the UGC under
Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956, vide its letter
no. F.9-7/96(CPP-I) dated 9 December, 1998.
5.Is the SMU recognized by the Distance
Education Council (DEC)?
Yes, the SMU is recognized by the DEC to offer
Distance Education across the country and abroad
for the next three academic years i.e. till 2012
vide their letter No F.No. DEC/2010/672 dated
6.Are the SMU Distance Education
Programs/Courses approved by the DEC?
Yes, all programs/courses offered by the SMU in
Distance Mode have been approved by the DEC vide
letter No.DEC/Recog/2009/4250 dated 06.11.2009.
7.Are the SMU Distance Education
Programs/Courses approved by the All India Council
for Technical Education (AICTE)?
The SMU being a University (duly recognized by the
UGC) is authorized to start and conduct new
programmes/courses, without obtaining prior
approval of the AICTE. However, for the purpose of
ensuring coordinated and integrated development of
technical education, and maintenance of standards,
the AICTE may cause an inspection and render
8.Is the SMU recognized by the UGC-AICTE-
DEC Joint Committee?
Yes, the Joint Committee (UGC-AICTE-DEC) inspected
the SMU facilities at Gangtok and Manipal and made
a few advisory recommendations. These
recommendations have been fully complied with.
Resultantly, the SMU has been granted recognition
and approval to conduct Distance Education
Programmes/Courses till the Academic Year 2012.
9.Is the SMU a member of the Association
of Indian Universities (AIU)?
Yes, the SMU is a member of the AIU and is duly
listed at Serial No. 240 on Page No. 30 in the
latest AIU booklet.
10.Is the SMU recognized abroad?
Yes, the SMU is a member of Association of
Commonwealth Universities (ACU), UK.
11.Is it Compulsory to attend classes
under Distance Education Mode?
Attendance is not mandatory. However, the Learning
Centers (LCs) will provide students a platform to
interact with the counselors, other students and
use of library facility at the LCs. Students may
also receive hands-on training at designated LCs.
Students are well advised to attend such
classes/sessions to get their doubts clarified.
12.In case, I join the Distance Learning
program of the University, is there any other
payment other than the stipulated Course and
Examination fees that I need to make?
No. For each program/course, the fees that are
required to be paid will be stipulated in the
Prospectus for every Session. All payments are to
be made in favour of the University Only. However,
additional payments (if any) to be made will be
intimated through circulars from time to time.
13.To obtain admission under Distance
Education programs of the University, do I need to
go through an entrance examination?
At present there is no entrance examination for
admission to any of the programs offered under
distance mode. The admission to various programmes
is purely based on eligibility criteria, as
prescribed in the prospectus.
14.Is there Convocation at the end of the
SMU holds convocation once in a year. The dates
for the convocation are decided by the University.
Usually, the convocation will be held between
September and December every year. However, please
note that due to the space constraints only
selected distance education students, based on
their merit position in the examination will be
invited to attend the convocation.
15.Is SMU Degree awarded through Distance
Mode is recognized for employment and is at par
with regular degree?
Yes. As per the Gazette Notification (44) of MHRD,
Govt. of India, vide no. F. 18-15/93-TD.V/TS.1V,
dated 1st March 1995, all degrees awarded through
Distance Education by the Universities stand
automatically recognized for the purpose of
employment. All degree awarded by the SMU are in
terms of Sec 22, UGC Act, 1956. Further, all
programs offered through Distance Mode have been
approved by the DEC.