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Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)

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Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)
About the institute

Founded by visionary Padma Bhushan Dr. S. B. Mujumdar in 1971 as an International Cultural and Educational Centre, Symbiosis provides a “home away from home” to a large number of students, including foreign students, who come to Pune in pursuit of higher education. Living up to its name, which is a botanical term meaning “living together for mutual benefit”, Symbiosis has grown over the past four decades into a family of 40 academic institutions, providing education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation and is spread across 17 sprawling campuses with state-of-the-art infrastructure. Today, Symbiosis has over 30,000 on-campus students and is known in India and abroad as one of the best educational institutes imparting quality education in various fields such as Management, Law, Engineering, Computers, Health Care, Arts, and Commerce, etc.

SOES was established mainly for promoting open and distance learning education and skill development and vocational education. There are four constituents of SOES – Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Symbiosis Institute of Skill Development, Symbiosis Community College and Symbiosis Vocational Junior College. The mission of SOES is to provide high-quality affordable education for the development of Indian as well as global youth.

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) is a distance learning institution providing quality education to over one lakh active students from all states of India and over 47 countries. SCDL has, since its inception in 2001, made rapid strides and is one of the pioneers and leaders in providing quality Open and Distance Learning (ODL). Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) offers PG diploma, diploma and certificate programs in the disciplines of Management, Information Technology, Law, Education, Humanities & Social Sciences. SCDL has its own dedicated campus spread over one acre land and about 50,000 sq.ft construction with its own building and infrastructure. SCDL has one of the finest interiors with state of the art infrastructure with a skilled and dedicated team available to help the learners achieve their dreams. SCDL is organised into various functional departments such as Academics, Editorial, Enrolment, Student Care, Evaluations (Examinations & Assessments), Data Support, Finance and Purchase, Systems and Web Support, Mail, Stores, Corporate Development, HR and Central Department. All these departments work together in a seamlessly integrated manner with the ultimate objective of providing quality education and excellent student support services.

In order to ensure quality, SCDL gets the best of academic resources for teaching, evaluation, e-learning, self-learning material and content development from well-known academicians and industry experts.

It has a fine blend of veteran academicians and corporate professionals turned academicians. The institute has more than 400 faculty members comprising in-house and visiting faculty, 200 courses, 3 information centres and 80 examination centres. SCDL is the ultimate destination for world-class Open and Distance Learning in India. SCDL has well prepared Self Learning Material in ODL format, highly interactive e-learning content, audio-video lectures from expert faculty on each component of the curricula, contact classes in face-to-face mode as well as internet based classes, interactive online faculty sessions using internet, academic counselling for students via email and face-to-face, archived lectures through web portal, E-library (digital library EBSCO) etc. The evaluation methodology comprises of Formative Continuous (internal assessment) and Summative Assessment pattern (Term End Examination-TEE).

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning uses latest technology, innovative teaching methodologies and quality education blended together to deliver student support services. SCDL has three separate dedicated departments, viz Enrolment, e-Communication and Call Centre who provide various pre-enrolment and post-enrolment services to the students. It has also developed an in-house ERP system known as Student Information System (SIS) which stores student’s demographic details, educational qualification, performance, fees paid, dispatches done to the students. All these components of education delivery ensure that students get an enriched, high quality learning experience at SCDL.

Awards & Achievements

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning is the first and only distance education institute in India to be ISO 9001:2008 certified. The certification demonstrates strong commitment to excellence in providing quality education through open and distance mode for the purpose of professional growth and skill development. The ISO Certification is constantly reviewed by AQA International at regular intervals.

IT Award for HRD through quality Distance Education: SCDL has won the Maharashtra Government’s IT Award for Human Resource Development through quality Distance Education and innovative use of ICT. The award was presented by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Commonwealth of Learning Accreditation: SCDL is accredited and recognised by the Commonwealth of Learning Review and Improvement Model for quality assessment.

Member of Executive Council of AAOU: SCDL has been the member of the prestigious Executive Council of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU).

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning has been ranked 2nd amongst the Top Distance Learning Institutes in India by DNA Indus Learning Survey 2012.

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning has been ranked 3rd amongst the Top Distance Learning Institutes in India by Competition Success Review.

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning has been ranked 8th amongst the Best Distance Learning Institutes in India by Outlook.

UNESCO published a case study on Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning titled “ICT for distance learning” as part of its publication ICT for higher education: Case studies from Asia and the Pacific. The case study emphasised on the pioneering initiatives taken by SCDL in the use of ICT in education.

Deloitte Consulting, USA has published a case study about SCDL’s use of e-learning as an effective learning aid as part of Next Learning, Unwrapped, a book by Dr. Nick van Dam, Director, Global Talent for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). This book presents new concepts, business cases and lessons learned by leading organisations that use technology-based learning to achieve educational goals and SCDL is one of them. This is the only case study of an Asian and Indian distance learning institute in this book.

SCDL was nominated for the Institutional Excellence Award by the prestigious International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), an apex body promoting open and distance education in the world.

Director’s Message

Dr. Swati MujumdarDr. Swati Mujumdar
B.C.S, MBA, M.S. (USA), Ph.D
Director, SCDL and Principal Director, SOES

Global boundaries are vanishing, merging people of diverse cultures, nationalities and age groups. Education is emerging as the most powerful platform to progress in this ‘boundary-less’ world. Distance learning opens new directions of opportunities to obtain higher education without the constraints of location and time. SCDL offers a chance to enhance your career and life through the medium of quality education.

SCDL has pioneered in India interactive e-Learning content in the curriculum as a supplementary learning methodology, in order to improve the understanding of concepts through cases and examples. SCDL has, for the first time in India, introduced online assessment systems, to pursue our mission of ‘self-paced, self-styled’ learning and to provide ultimate convenience, ease and flexibility to our students. SCDL has been invited by foreign universities for collaboration; a mark of our excellent quality education.

Public procurement is an important element of Indian economy. Its smooth functioning is a must since it acts as a tool for promoting and sustaining economic growth and socio economic development. Public procurement activity accounts for substantial amount of global and national expenditure.

We believe our students are best served by receiving highly specialised intervention from a team of professionals who are expert in meeting their complex needs. Every decision we make, every service we provide, every collaboration in which we participate, is guided by the mission of preparing our students to be equipped for the world outside our walls.

I welcome each one of you to our ‘World Campus’ where latest technology, innovative teaching methodologies and quality education are blended to create unique learning experiences.

Contact Details

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)
Symbiosis Bhavan, 1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road,
Model Colony, Pune-411016,
Maharashtra, India
Phone: 020-66211000
Fax: 66211041

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