India is one country where the preference for distance education has been quite high. And there are some practical reasons why some tend to go for this mode. Some students cannot afford regular education due to poverty, some find the locations to be difficult and few others prefer starting early careers. Anyways, a new trend has begun in the distance mode and it has been picking up demand.
We are talking about part time and distance education programs being offered in the premium educational institutions like BITS, IIMs etc. Unlike the regular courses, the duration of the part-time programs are one year longer but then the question is, how effective are they to the students in terms of career and opportunities. The experts are giving varied opinions on this one.
Of course, to those who pass out of places like IIMs, the qualification serves as a purpose to be eligible for promotion in jobs. Most importantly, it matters as to which institution you have passed out from when applying for a particular position in company. The part time courses are suitable for professionals who are looking for further qualification. Moreover, the course material does have enough substance to help in future works.
The one thing that any student must remember is that part-time is always considered secondary to full-time mode education. However, if the academic percentage and the institution is valid then it stands a chance or else it is just like any other qualification which doesn't really stand any value in the market. Doing part-time courses from any non-reputable institution only helps those who want a satisfaction of doing some education.