With the internet penetrating into almost every urban home in India and the rapid advances being made in satellite and network technology, distance education is continuously seeing path-breaking innovations.
Rise of Online MBA Programs
Though the trend of online MBA education is the most preferred mode of education in the countries like USA and UK, it is at a nascent stage in India. Still, online management programs are gaining popularity among students, management institutes and corporates. With increasingly easy access to internet and portable devices at affordable prices, online education is fast replacing distance education as the most popular means of education mainly among working professionals.
Benefits of Online MBA
Online MBA is finding takers among students because it is flexible and cost-effective. Students who go for an online MBA program are working professionals at junior to middle management levels who wish to earn an MBA without quitting their regular jobs and who are looking to move ahead in their career. An online MBA allows them to conveniently attend classes online and to interact with faculty just like they would in a real classroom.
The main motivation behind companies encouraging their employees to take up online MBA programs is that these MBA programs provide an opportunity to develop managerial skills and expertise in a certain specific field of work. Companies are also motivated by the fact that online MBA doesn't interfere with the normal course of action and the regular work schedule rather it offers quality content in a self-paced learning environment. An increasing number of companies are providing opportunities or sponsoring their employees to pursue an online MBA programme or related management programmes.
Management Institutes offering Online MBA
There are numerous schools which have started to offer online management programs. Management schools or MBA colleges are increasingly opting to offer online MBA programs because they realize that corporate middle managers who would rather not leave their jobs to attend a full-time MBA program are a vast, untapped market. There is already an acute shortage for managers at entry and middle level, the demand is only expected to grow exponentially in the years to come. B-schools are therefore cashing on this gap and offering online MBA degrees.
Well-known B-schools of India like IIM Calcutta, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, XLRI Jamshedpur, IIFT, MICA offer various management programmes or diploma certificates via onsite learning through the satellite based education and training service. Similarly, renowned institutions like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore, MDI, IMT Ghaziabad, IGNOU have academic alliances with NIIT Imperia that enables them to deliver various management programmes through a synchronous learning platform and an online web-based learning management system.