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Do commerce, BA pass, mass communication, courses... or even an MSc in math

education Updated: Jun 01, 2011 09:35 IST

About the institution: In India, the HP University was the first to start MA programmes in different disciplines along with MEd and MCom. Over the years, its Directorate of Correspondence Courses gradually absorbed the emerging philosophy of distance education and adopted a multi-media approach to imparting instruction. In view of this, the Directorate of Correspondence Course has been rechristened the International Centre for Distance Educational and Open Learning (ICDEOL).

Programmes on offer: BA pass, BCom (pass), bachelor in computer applications

Fees range: Undergraduate: R2000 per semester; postgraduate - R2400 per semester

Support systems/ facilities for students: ICDEOL runs a helpline for students. Open and distance learning students visiting Shimla for contact programmes (depending on the course) are generally provided accommodation (subject to availability) in the university faculty house at rates fixed by authorities. Local transport facilities like buses (private/state government), trains and university buses are available at short intervals from Summer Hill to the main town.

Total no. and list of study centres: ICDEOL has an information-cum-guidance office in Noida. Besides, they have programme-specific centres in Shimla, Dharamshala, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana etc. (Please check the university website for a detailed list of programmes which are offered at these centres)

Enrollment: Admissions for various programmes begin between June and July.

Approval from DEC: Yes

Any other affiliation/ accreditation: NA

Studentspeak: “This is an excellent place to study in. The course content is very good and lets you choose from a variety of subjects according to your liking. The PCPs are very helpful and resource people here are extremely supportive and knowledgeable.

The communication is timely and the course material is very comprehensive. After I am done with my undergraduate studies, I will take up MA in English. This place has helped me explore and appreciate my desire to study further,” says Kiran Aggarwal, a BA maths student in Delhi

Programmes on offer

BA Part I/II/III (pass course)
B.Com. Part I/II/III (pass course)
BCA Part I/II/III (three-year course)
All annual systems

M.Com. (Master of Commerce)
MA in English, history, economics, political science, Sanskrit, Hindi, MSc in mathematics

MMC (master’s in mass communication)
PGDPM & LW PG diploma in computer applications Advance PG diploma in IT

Name of the university: Himachal Pradesh University

International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning, Himachal Pradesh University, Summer Hill, Shimla 171005

Phone, Helpline no: 0177-2832239, ext 5454/ 0177- 2830445, 2830434, 2831998


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Compiled by Garima Upadhyay