Distance Education Policies,Distance learning program in india - SCDL

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions about Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
  • Is SCDL recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC)?

    Institutes offering MBA degree programmes require recognition or approval from AICTE. Since SCDL does not offer degree programme/s, AICTE approval is not applicable.

  • Is SCDL approved by AICTE?

    Only institutions which are affiliated to Universities require approval, if they are offering any MBA/Management programs along with the Technical courses. Since, SCDL is an autonomous distance learning education institute and does not offer any Technical courses, hence SCDL does not require AICTE approval.

  • What are the current rankings of Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning?

    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning is one of the leading distance learning institutes in the country. Ranked 1st amongst the top Distance Learning Institutes for student learning experience by Career India in 2016, by Careers 360 Rating 2012, 2nd amongst the Leading Institutes, by DNA Indus Learning Survey 2012. Ranked 3rd amongst the Top Distance Learning Institutes - by Competition Success Review. Ranked 8th amongst the Best Distance Learning Institutes - by Outlook.

    In addition, SCDL is winner of the Maharashtra Government's IT Award for Human Resource Development through quality Distance Education and innovative use of ICT.

  • Are the programs offered at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning accepted by the Industry?

    Programs offered by Symbiosis have a very high industry acceptance. In addition, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning is an education provider to leading global corporates such as Airtel, Bajaj Finance Ltd., Bharti Pvt. Ltd., Cipla, Cognizant, Collabera, Eaton Technologies Pvt. Ltd., HCL, Hindalco Industries Ltd., IBM, Vodafone, Wallmart, Wipro, TATA AIA etc and many more...

  • What is the scope of ISO 9001:2008 at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning?

    The scope of ISO 9001: 2008 at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning includes "Proving Quality Education through Open and Distance learning Mode for the purpose of Professional Growth and Skill Development".

  • How many students are currently pursuing programs at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning?

    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) has more than One Lac active students enrolled from India and abroad making it one of the most sought after distance learning institutes in India.

  • What is the difference between an MBA and Post Graduate Diploma?

    MBA Degree is awarded by a University or an institute affiliated to the University. While, Post Graduate Diploma is awarded by autonomous institutes. Leading autonomous institutes also offer Post Graduate Programs.

  • What are the highlights of the teaching methodology at SCDL?

    At Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, we help you achieve your qualification without restrictions-, at your time, place and pace. The highlight of the program is our dynamic study material, online mode of study, and experienced industry experts as guest lecturers and tutors. The teaching methodology at SCDL includes:

    • Study Material: Study material books, specially designed for distant learners and authored by renowned faculty are sent by courier for each semester on the corporate address.
    • E-Learning modules: e-Learning, a pioneering initiative by SCDL, provides interactive learning experiences on key concepts of the curriculum.
    • E-Mentoring: e-Mentoring involves giving academic support necessary for distant learners via e-mail.
    • Online Classroom Sessions: online classroom sessions are conducted for all courses throughout the year. In online Classroom environment students are able to attend a live online classroom and interact with an expert faculty via internet. Students can ask questions, have interaction and even replay an archived lecture.
Academics Related Questions
  • Are the programs approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) – Distance Education Bureau (DEB).

    Yes, the programs offered in academic year 2015 are approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) – Distance Education Bureau (DEB). And final approval for the programs to be offered in academic year 2016-2017, shall be subject to UGC Letter No. 12-3/2016 (DEB-III) dated 21st March, 2016.

  • What are the learning methods at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning?

    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning has a blended approach to student learning with a combination of - traditional books, e-learning and faculty interaction. Tutors use online chats and online classrooms to stimulate discussions. These sessions allow students to interact with faculty and clear their doubts immediately.
    'Symbiosis World Campus' - a powerful web portal, forms the centre of learning with facilities like - Assignment Submission, Computer based Exam Booking, Message Boards and E-Mentoring.

  • What is the background of tutors who mentor us for the program?

    Teaching staff are drawn from academic and industry backgrounds. The teaching incorporates all the latest developments in business. The teaching staff ensures they address the challenge of putting theory into practice. This ensures that what you learn at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning is always current and up-to-date.

  • How can I interact with the tutors?

    You can interact with the tutors via online classrooms, online faculty chat at via the Personal Contact Sessions conducted at Pune.

  • How often are the online classes conducted?

    Online Classes are conducted 4 times in a month.

  • Does SCDL conduct contact classes in specific cities?

    Yes, SCDL conducts Personal Contact Programs at Pune. The PCP's are conducted with an objective to provide students with an understanding of the core and specialisation subjects and discuss the assessment standards of the institution. We strongly recommend students to attend the PCP's, keep visiting the SCDL website to know the PCP schedule.

Fees Related Questions
  • What are the Fees for the C-PGDBA program? Can I pay in Installments?
    The program fees can also be paid in Installments as follows:
    Mode Registration Fees 1st Installment 2nd Installment Total Fees
    Virtual Class Rs. 1000/- ( Non Refundable ) Rs. 36000/- Rs. 20,000/- Rs. 57,000/-
    Contact Class ( Only for Pune location ) Rs. 1000/- ( Non Refundable ) Rs. 39000/- Rs. 22,000/- Rs. 62,000/-
  • Do I need to pay additional fee for the dual specialisation option in Corporate Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration?

    Yes, You have to pay Rs.10,000/- for dual specialization.

Evaluation Methodology Questions
  • What are the evaluation methods used for the program?

    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning has a Dynamic Assessment System, Participants decide the time, place and pace of the exam! Huge advantage for working professionals allowing them to prioritise their professional and learning needs.
    Each subject usually comprises of an Assignment and Computer based Examination. The assignment is available in the student login and can be completed as per the respective semester schedule. The examinations include a combination of objective and subjective element. Examinations are conducted at designated exam centres across the country. Students are required to book their slots as per their time and pace, hence named On Demand.

  • Section A - Assignments:
  • When are assignments scheduled?
    Assignments are released from second month of each semester. Students get access to assignments on payment of the full fee.
  • What if I fail in my assignment? Can I retake?

    Yes, you can retake the assignments. Please note that you would be required to pay in case you appear for more than 2 attempts for a particular subject, No improvements are allowed.

  • What types of questions are expected in an Assignment?

    The assignments follows the objective question style with sections on True or False; match the Following; Multiple Choice; Select the Right Option; Fill in the blanks.

  • When are the assignment results declared?

    The assignments get evaluated immediately. You can see your assignment result soon after you finish the assignment. You are requested to take the Print of the score card for future reference. The score will get updated within 24 hours in your Performance Sheet in Student Centre Login.

  • What are minimum pass marks for assignments?
    The minimum pass mark for the assignments 50%.
  • Section B - On Demand Exams:
  • Where and When can I appear for these exams?

    Examinations will be released for each semester and the link for the same is available in the student login. You can appear for the examinations at designated exam centres. Please refer to the student login for the detailed list.
    The highlight of your study with SCDL is On demand examinations, which means you can book your examination slot as per your time convenience. The exam booking can be done through the student login.

  • What if I fail in my exam? Can I retake?
    Yes you can retake the exam. The examination fees are applicable for the retake subjects.
  • When are the results declared for the examinations?
    After 15 days from the date of examination. Student can check it in student login.
Miscellaneous Questions
  • Does Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning Offer Placements on completion of the programs?

    Yes, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning offers placement assistance to the students. SCDL has received an overwhelming response from the industry for recruitments. For details on placements, Click Here

  • Do students form a part of an Alumni Association on completion of the programs?
    Yes, students form a part of the Alumni Association.
  • What are the minimum system requirements for the online mode of study?
    • Minimum internet speed required is 712 Kbps or above.
    • Flash player of version 10.0 or above.(Download the flash player from this link Click Here).
    • Recommended 1GB of RAM or above.
    • Processor type: Intel Dual Core processor or above.
    • Internet browser: IE version 8.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox, Opera.
    • OS requirement: Windows XP with service Pack 3,Windows7 & 8.
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