Situated in the Eastern part of the country, Bihar is home to many higher educational schools in India. A few years ago, it was observed that a number of students of the state are not able to attend full-time college. For the sake of such students and those who were pre-occupied in fulfilling their responsibilities, the concept of distance learning was brought into physical being in Bihar. Today, there are a few distance learning institutes in this state that offer off-campus education in different subject fields.
The various Bihar distance learning institutes offer different courses that include the conventional under graduate and Post Graduate degrees along with certain specific certificate and diploma programs. Students can also get diploma in vocational courses through these institutes. There are mainly four reputed universities in Bihar that offer distance learning education. These institutes make use of multi-media to ensure that the students enrolling in off-campus programs get the best out of their educational years. Browse through this write-up to find out the top distance learning institutes in Bihar. These institutes are evaluated on the quality of education, faculty, courses available and method of education.
- Lalit Narayan Mithila University – Started in 1972, the Lalit Narayan Mithila University is known for its high national as well as international links in various fields. LNM University came up with its separate Directorate of Distance Education recently in 1998. Besides the conventional degree programs at under graduate and Post Graduate level, the institute offers a number of professional courses too. These include MBA, PG diploma in Human Resource, Diploma in Tourism Studies, Diploma in Management and many more. With the motto of “Learn while Earn”, this distance learning institute ensures that students upgrade their knowledge through various off-campus programs.
- Nalanda Open University – Founded in 1987, the Nalanda Open University is located in Patna. It was started with an aim to provide education to those who have not been able to go through formal conventional education. Following the norms of Open University of UK, it offers complete flexibility to students in regard with admission, eligibility and curriculum. It has 28 study centers all across the state, thereby catering to the needs of education of almost each stratum of the society. Along with the conventional degree programs, students can also opt for certificate, diploma and PhD courses through NOU.
- Patna University – Incepted it 1917, this is the first university of the state of Bihar. And it started its Directorate of Distance Education in 1974. The increasing number of students enrolling to different distance learning courses through this university reflects its popularity. Affiliated by the UGC Delhi, the courses and degree offered for the off-campus courses is equivalent to the one provided to the regular students. The DDE department of the University offers courses in BA, IA, BCom and BLib. It is an integral part of the Patna University and the statutory bodies of the university are responsible for any decision making.
- Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University – Founded in 1960, BR Ambedkar University is accredited by the University Grants Commission. Earlier known as Bihar University, it was given its new name in 1992. It offers various courses at both under graduate as well as Post Graduate level in different languages, Political Science, History, Sociology and Economics. Besides these formal degree programs, one can also enroll for vocational and professional courses through its distance education program.