NMIMS-NGASCE: Shaping the Future of Distance Higher Education in India


Distance learning is rapidly becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world’s rapidly expanding workforce –Jack Messman

Distance learning is when teachers and students are separated remotely and the method of study is not physical classroom learning but by the use of the internet, e-mail, live or recorded videos lectures, etc. They can be four types of distance learning i.e. distance course, hybrid course, conference classes, and correspondence courses. Some of the advantages of distance learning are affordability, flexibility, remote learning, increased options, updated curriculum, broader networking, save time, and aids working professionals to gain recognition at work. Due to these advantages and benefits over regular programs, distance learning is gaining popularity among students and working professionals making it the future of education and continued professional development.

Institutions are eligible to offer distance learning programs at the undergraduate, masters, diploma or certification level as open and distance learning programs if it is duly approved by the statutory authority.  Such Distance learning programs require a minimum National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score of 3.26 on the 4-point scale.

Many public and private universities and institutes are providing distance higher education in various fields but students need to select the course which is government accredited and well-suited for their career goals. 


NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education is India’s No.1 Distance Management University with exceptional corporate collaboration, recognition, and acceptance. It was founded in the year 1981 and in the year 2003 it achieved deemed-to-be-university status. All the courses offered by NMIMS are recognized and approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Distance Education Bureau (UGC-DEB) of India. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) have also accredited NMIMS with Grade A+ status with a CGPA of 3.59 on a 4 point scale. It is one of India’s largest autonomous top B schools with a NIRF Ranking of 24th in 2020 and distance learning bagged the 4th rank.

Moreover, NMIMS also provides first-of-its-kind career services in distance education for students and alumni of post-graduate and diploma programs to prepare them for a lifetime of career possibilities. The institute has tie-up with leading corporates to provide students an interview opportunity along with student support and career assistance. As networking is an important part of an MBA, students have all-time access to an NMIMS exclusive alumni portal which strengthens peer interaction and provides opportunities for career growth.

NMIMS is focused on giving students an enriching and engaging experience through enhanced learning and up-to-date technology. To stay relevant with the present industry needs, the curriculum is constantly updated and students get a chance to learn from coveted faculty, academicians, and industry expert. The NMIMS courseware is designed to help improve the knowledge, competencies, and skills of working professionals and MBA aspirants so that they are better equipped to become leaders in the field.

NMIMS distance Courses:

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is one specialized professional course that trains students in the art of business organization and management. Over the years more and more professionals are pursuing MBA as the job opportunities for MBA graduates remain fairly high. But, pursuing a full-time MBA is not a feasible option for all as working professionals would have to leave their present job to do so which is why a distance MBA course is a better option. Moreover, during the Covid-19 pandemic when all classes are going on distance even in full-time MBA courses then a distance MBA program is an equally good option for working professionals and MBA aspirants.

NMIMS provides various specialized distance courses for distance MBA, bachelor’s programs, executive programs, diploma courses, certification programs, and professional programs, which are listed below.

  • Distance MBA Programs: Marketing Management, Financial Management, Business Management, Human Resource Management, International Trade Management, Banking, and Finance Management, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Retail Management, Information Technology, and Systems Management.
  • Bachelors Programs: Bachelor in Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce
  • Executive Programs: MBA WX, Masters of Science in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. M.Sc in Applied Finance
  • Diploma Courses: Supply Chain Management, Operation Management, Marketing Management, International Trade Management, Human Resource Management, Financial Management, and Business Management
  • Certification Programs: Corporate Communications, IT Management, Business Management, Project Management, Operations Management
  • Professional Programs: Digital Marketing, Wealth Management

Started in 1994, NMIMS-NGASCE has come a long way in the field of distance higher education and distance learning. It is emerged to be a global leader in the sector with thousands of alumni across various regions and will continue shaping the future of distance education in India.

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