The Internet boom and the increasing communication means have brought education closer, with a degree being just a click away. One no longer needs to migrate to a different city or even a different country in order to pursue the degree of one’s choice.
Savithri Ramakrishnan, Centre for Distance Education, University of Mumbai, states, “There is maximum demand for mainstream courses like BA followed by BCom and Master’s courses like MA or subjects like political science or economics. Courses like school counselling, guidance and counselling and basics of dietary skills are too have large number of enrollements.”
Says Savio D'souza, MS in Counselling and Psychology, Enoma Counselling Centre "Distance learning or learning via correspondence is an upcoming means of pursuing studies. Management courses via correspondence are extremely popular among students.” Concurs Srividya, Head-in-Charge, Youngbuzz, “MBA and courses in computers are most popular.” Also, apart from courses in psychology, clinical research and criminal psychology, vocational courses too are the most preferred options.
According to Swati Salunkhe, MD, Growth Centre, apart from a master’s in any specified field, conventional courses like a BA and BCom are also hot favourites. She states that courses like BCA (Bachelor in Computer Application), BBM (Bachelor in Business Management), Diploma in Business Administration, etc are also very popular among students. Courses in travel and tourism like a PG Diploma in Travel and Tourism, PG Diploma in Human Resource Management, PG Diploma in Human Development, PG Diploma in Guidance And Counselling, PG Diploma in Childcare And Development, etc, too are popular.
Below is a list of the most popular courses at all levels –
Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Computer Application
Bachelor of Arts
Certificate in Digital Electronics and Microprocessors
Certificate in Food and Nutrition
Certificate in Guidance
Certificate in Journalism
Postgraduate diploma courses
Advanced PG Diploma in Computer Application
PG Diploma in E-Commerce
PG Diploma in Enterprise Resource Planning
PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling
PG Diploma in Advertising and Sales Management
PG Diploma in Human Resource Management
PG Diploma in Business Management
MA in Psychology
Diploma in Creative Writing (English/Hindi)
Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education
Diploma in Financial Management
Courses offered by institutes such as Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, IGNOU, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) and Annamalai University are most popular for their distance learning courses. Universities abroad also offer a lot courses; nevertheless they aren't very popular among students unless they are reputed ones and have their centers in India.
Indira Gandhi National Open University
Dr B R Ambedkar Open University
Nalanda Open University, Bihar
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University