1. What is COCE?
COCE is a Study Center of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) located at Sakchi, Jamshedpur and established in, 1995.
It provides all vocational courses offered by SMU and Diploma Courses under west Bengal Society.
The Courses provided by SMU through COCE is a Distance Mode Course.
2. What do you mean by Distance Education?
Distance Education refers to the education which is imparted over long distances with the help of modern technology and communication facilities. The COCE offers Distance Education programs with SMU as part of its effort to provide quality education to students who, for various reasons, cannot join the formal education system. Postgraduate, Graduate degree/diploma level programs are offered in various disciplines such as Information Technology, Management Studies, Vocational Sciences, and Allied Health Sciences.
3. What is the difference between Correspondence Course and Distance Education?
In a correspondence course, a student is expected to study on his/her own using the Self Learning Materials (SLMs) provided by the University. A student does not have the benefit of a teacher for most part of the learning process, who can provide him/her with academic counseling.
Distance Education is more structured and allows learners to learn at their own place and pace. Two-way communication permits the students to contact the teachers through electronic media. Well established student-support services like Virtual class-rooms, practical lab facilities, peer group interactions, mentor chats, counseling and advising sessions at Authorized Learning Centers, Help Desk & Regional Offices etc ensure quality learning outcomes.
4. Is the COCE Offered Degree through SMU recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC)?
Yes, the SMU is recognized by the UGC under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956, vide its letter no. F.9-7/96(CPP-I) dated 9 December, 1998.
5. Is the SMU recognized by the Distance Education Council (DEC)?
Yes, the SMU is recognized by the DEC to offer Distance Education across the country and abroad for the next three academic years i.e. till 2012 vide their letter No F.No. DEC/2010/672 dated 24.05.2010.
6. Is it Compulsory to attend classes under Distance Education Mode?
Attendance is mandatory. However we will provide students a platform to interact with the counselors, other students and use of library facility at the LCs. Students may also receive hands-on training at designated LCs. Students are well advised to attend such classes/sessions to get their doubts clarified.
7. To obtain admission under Distance Education programs of the COCE, do I need to go through an entrance examination?
At present there is no entrance examination for admission to any of the programs offered under distance mode. The admission to various programmes is purely based on eligibility criteria, as prescribed in the prospectus.