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9 distance education courses that assure YOU a career

Last updated on: August 30, 2010 11:18 IST

9 distance education courses that assure YOU a career


With inputs from Pooja Mishra, Tanmay Perti and Samarth Vats for Careers360

For a long time distance learning institutes were associated with regular courses in Humanities and Social Sciences with a few adventurous ones such as Annamalai venturing into Science streams as well.

But in recent years, DL institutions have moved towards courses that have immediate employment potential. Offered in association with either a private institute or a corporation, these programmes have become the rage, though issues of quality, governance, academic control and cost do arise in these cases. However, their ability to generate employable graduates is not in question anymore.

Here Careers360 takes a look at 9 such courses...

MCom in Business Policy and Corporate Governance

This programme is designed and developed in collaboration with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, exclusively for the Company Secretaryship professional programme students.

Students can simultaneously study this MCom programme along with the Company Secretaryship professional programme offered by ICSI. The main objective of this programme is to develop skills and competencies of students in business policy and corporate governance.

The programme comprises 12 courses of which IGNOU offers four (which are a part of existing MCom programme) and ICSI offers eight (which are a part of CS professional programme).


BA in Applied Sign Language Studies

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This programme is jointly offered by IGNOU and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK, and aims to produce sign language teachers, teacher trainers, literacy support teachers and project workers in the specialised area
of sign language and deaf communities.

The course is taught in sign language and English, and is flexible so that students can study a range of modules according to their interest.

Focus areas include pedagogical practices in language teaching modules and dissertation modules.

The university offers a number of scholarships too.

MA in Participatory Development

The programme focuses on understanding poverty and sustainable development.

It introduces students to different models of social policy formulations and its relevance to social planning and development.

Completion of the first, second and third semesters makes the student eligible for the advanced diploma, and on completion of all the four semesters, a master's degree is awarded.

Distance delivery includes print materials, audio-visual CDs, guest faculty and engaged communication through web-enabled bulletin board services.

On completion the programme makes one eligible to work for developmental institutions and NGOs, amongst others.

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MSc in Dietetics and Food Service Management (DFSM)

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This course is designed to help working professionals like dietitians, nutrition counsellors and food service managers, who want to enhance their career prospects in the healthcare, fitness and hospitality sector.

It focuses on areas such as applied physiology, nutritional biochemistry, food safety and food microbiology, and provides theoretical and practical guidance on all aspects of dietetics, from promotion of health to management of diseases.

The medium of instruction is English and there is an arrangement for teleconferences and contact sessions.

A unique feature of the programme is that one can exit after one year, having earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics and Public Nutrition.

Contacts classes in select locations supplement the learning process.

MSc in Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics deals with science infrastructure to address the problems of geography and geosciences.

It combines geospatial analysis and modelling, development of geospatial databases, information systems design, human-computer interaction and both wired and wireless networking technologies.

Subjects such as digital image processing, satellite remote sensing and geographical information system (GIS) are part of the curriculum.

GIS analysis has become an integral part of complex fields such as disaster management, watershed management, environmental assessment and risk assessment.

Students after graduating in geoinformatics can find opportunities such as the development of in-car navigation systems, automatic vehicle location systems, geographical mapping and remote sensing, transportation planning and engineering, environmental modeling and analysis, urban planning, telecommunications, agriculture and public health.

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BSc in Visual Communication

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This programme is the first step towards a successful future for those interested in becoming animators, graphic and web designers.

Visual communication is the conveyance of ideas and information in forms that can be read or looked upon and primarily associated with two-dimensional images, it includes: art, signs, photography, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, colour and electronic resources.

The programme in visual communication aims to impart practical training and develop working knowledge in computer for effectively communicating through medium such as television, graphics and animation.

Subjects such as computer concepts and office automation tools, photography and video editing, and television production are part of the curriculum.

The boom in animation industry has made the programme an attractive destination.

Certificate course in employability skills

The boom in the Indian economy has enhanced the need for skilled manpower. In order to supplement the technical skills acquired during graduation or other formal education, NIIT and IGNOU have announced Finishing School Programmes.

Students opting for IGNOU-NIIT programmes will get placement support from NIIT. While NIIT will design, develop and market the programmes and carry out the education delivery, IGNOU will approve admission, design curriculum, consolidate results and award degrees.

The programmes will be delivered at NIIT premises through qualified instructors.

The course provides knowledge about workplace mannerisms, business writing and presentation skills. It also guides on how to prepare a good resume and crack group discussions and personal interviews. This programme is also targeted at working professionals and job seekers.

At the end of this programme, students could apply for teh positions of executive assistants, office managers and personal secretary, amongst others.

It caters to skill development in a hitherto unattended sector which has good potential. Students with a pleasing personality and excellent communication skills stand a good chance of getting real value out of the course.

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MBA in Shipping and Logistics

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This sector-specific management programme aims to equip seafarers (people employed on board ships) seeking a career change to land-based employment in shipping and logistics companies.

It also targets people working in shipping and logistics companies desirous of career advancement and fresh graduates interested in pursuing careers in shipping and logistics.

The programme aims to equip students with adequate skills and knowledge in general management functional areas and in the shipping and  logistics business sectors. 32 per cent of courses in the first year and 52 per cent of the courses in the second year are oriented to this sector that would help students gain an overall perspective.

The programme provides learners with knowledge on the various modern management theories and their applications in the shipping industry.

MS in Cyber Law and Security

Recent advancements in IT have revolutionised almost all the arenas of human endeavour. To understand the dynamics of cyber security and cyber law matrix, techno-legal professionals with the blended skills of law and technology are highly required.

The proposed collaborative course of NLU and IMT - CDL aims to develop the skills to tackle cyber security issues with a technological grounding. It also aims to provide understanding of national and international regulations and paradigms regarding cyber law.

The proposed programme will have two parts namely (i) Cyber Law and (ii)Cyber Security. A total of 16 courses are offered under this programme with four papers in each semester.

Eight courses are related to various issues of cyber security and remaining eight courses to cyber law. Online classes are conducted for this programme.

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