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Prospectus 2011

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

About Us

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) is located in the heart of India’s premier educational centre, the city of Pune. SCDL has one of the finest interiors with a state of the art infrastructure and a skilled and dedicated team available to help our learners achieve their dreams. Our global family consists of students from all over India and also 63 countries abroad, representing varied educational and cultural backgrounds. At present, SCDL has almost 2,53,429 students studying under various programs.
SCDL unites students of all nationalities, regions, occupations and age groups under one virtual “World Campus” through the mode of open and distance learning (ODL).
SCDL emphasizes on a constantly evolving curriculum which is at par with the full time educational programs and meets the latest needs of a fast growing economy and progressive society. SCDL introduces new and innovative educational programs each year empowering learners to meet the challenges of a dynamic society.
SCDL is housed in 50,000 sq. ft. campus well-equipped with modern technology services and all the required facilities such as Video Conferencing, Training Laboratory, Classrooms, Audio-Visual Hall, Conference Rooms, Library, Corporate Cell, Cafeteria, etc.
One of the only institutes in India, SCDL houses in its campus a professionally managed Call Centre and E-Communication Centre in order to provide prompt and accurate response to student queries.
SCDL has its information centre in Bangalore, Nasik and Noida. These centres provide students with an easy access to all SCDL facilities.

About Us
A Source for Top Quality Education
ymbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) has, since its inception in 2001, made rapid strides in providing
Squality education to thousands of students in India and abroad. The student enrollment has grown exponentially during the past five years. Today, the total active student strength of SCDL is more than 2,53,429 making it one of the few large and most sought after distance learning institutes of India.
In order to ensure quality, SCDL gets the best of academic resources for teaching, evaluation, e-learning and selflearning material preparation from its sister management institutes as well as from the industry. The curriculum is comparable to that of any full time management institute. The curriculum is designed and constantly updated by the Academics Department comprising faculty from top ranks of the industry and having several years of teaching experience. SCDL has full time and over 350 adjunct faculty who are available for academic counselling, developing curriculum and assessments and for providing feedback to students on their academic progress.
SCDL has pioneered several innovative concepts in distance education such as:
† Introduction of a “Blended Learning” methodology for all our programs, combining all the three forms of learning, namely Ÿ Published / Printed: Self Learning Material / Books Ÿ Digital: e-Learning & Pre-Recorded Lecture DVD Ÿ Faculty Interaction: Virtual Classroom & Online Chat Sessions
† Introduction of highly interactive e-learning content as a supplementary learning methodology to improve the understanding of concepts through case studies and practical examples, thereby bridging the gap between the book and the classroom.
† Online Assignment facility to provide students the flexibility and convenience to submit assignments at any time and receive immediate results and feedback.
† On-Demand Online Examinations are conducted across India and abroad, to provide students the ultimate convenience of booking a date, time and place of their choice to appear for the examinations.
† Dedicated Student Call Centre with dedicated telephone lines supported by call operators and student counsellors to give prompt response / guidance to our students. SCDL has introduced the integrated voice response system which provided automated data to student.
† E- Communication Centre which handles all student queries promptly & effectively received via e-mail. † SCDL has a Sophisticated Web-Portal, www.scdl.net providing facilities like - Online Assignment Submission,
Online Exam Booking, Message Board, Counselling, Campus-email ID with a 10GB mailbox, ability to view Admission Status and Academic Status etc. † Modular Course System with Credit Banking Facility: Ability to take any Single Course and bank & accumulate credits for future transfer to other programs of SCDL thus providing Flexible Pathways of Learning.

SCDL is an autonomous institute and all programs offered by SCDL are autonomous.
SCDL Placement Cell

Interview in progress for Talent Transformation (Learning Centre) Wipro Ltd.

SCDL offers placement assistance to the students by acting as a facilitator. Many renowned companies such as Upside Learning, Manage-O-Soft, Ayush Software Pvt. Ltd., Talent Transformation (Learning Centre) Wipro Limited, Stylus Systems Pvt. Ltd., Serra International pre school, Brainworks Pre School, Alchemists Ark Pvt. Ltd, Helix Technology Solutions, INNEFU Consulting, iThink Labs Software Pvt. Ltd., Resource PLUS Services Pvt. Ltd., Rubikube Solutions, Sakal Ltd, KeelWorks Foundation (Washington State, USA), NIIT Ltd. Delhi.,Symantec Corporation Ltd. (Research and Development ), TCS, Silver Oak School, Kotak Mahindra Bank and many others have placed SCDL students.

(Note: SCDL does not guarantee placements but only acts as a facilitator between corporates and students.)

Program Structure
PG Diploma, Certificate Programs & Single Course Admission
CDL’s Post Graduate Diploma Programs, Diploma Programs, Certificate Programs and Single Courses ensure
Squality education through a self-paced, yet guided learning system. SCDL endeavours to fulfill educational and professional ambitions making them the logical choice for every aspirant seeking knowledge.
Programs and Courses
Faculty of Management (http://www.scdl.net/scdl/Programs_Management.aspx?streamid=1)
Two-Year Programs: † Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Splz: Marketing / Finance / HR / Operations / CRM) † Post Graduate Diploma in International Business † Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance One-Year Programs: † Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management † Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance Management (Splz: General / Life) † Post Graduate Diploma in Retail Management † Post Graduate Diploma in Customer Relationship Management † Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management † Post Graduate Diploma in Export & Import Management Six-Month Certificate Program: † Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
Faculty of Information Technology (http://www.scdl.net/scdl/Programs_IT.aspx?streamid=2)
Two-Year Program: † Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology One-Year Program: † Post Graduate Diploma in Technical Writing
Faculty of Education, Humanities & Social Sciences (http://www.scdl.net/scdl/Programs_Education.aspx?streamid=3)
Two-Year Programs: † Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration One-Year Programs: † Post Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design † Post Graduate Diploma in Pre-Primary Teacher’s Training † Advanced Diploma in Creative Writing in English † Diploma in Creative Writing in English † Diploma in Teaching English
Faculty of Law (http://www.scdl.net/scdl/Programs_Law.aspx?streamid=5)
One-Year Program: † Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Corporate Laws Six-Month Certificate Programs: † Certificate Program in Cyber Laws † Certificate Program in Right to Information Act † Certificate Program in Consumer Protection Act
Six-Month Single Courses: (http://www.scdl.net/scdl/ProgramTypeListing.aspx?Type=4)
† Single Courses in Faculty of Management † Single Courses in Information Technology † Single Courses in Education, Humanities & Social Sciences
The Two-Year Post Graduate Diploma Programs are divided into four semesters. The One-Year Post Graduate Diploma Programs and Diploma Programs are divided into two semesters. Six Months Certificate Programs consist of one semester only. For the benefit of our students, SCDL has introduced ‘Single-Course Admission’ facility from the last academic year. A list of selected, useful Single Courses has been given in the prospectus and on the website along with details regarding Basic and Advance nature of the Single Courses and Guidelines for Enrollment. Students cannot register for a full program and single course simultaneously. A maximum of four Single Courses can be selected at a time.

Academic Policies
SCDL Instructional System
SCDL has introduced “Blended Learning” methodology for all our programs, combining all the three forms of learning, namely:
Ÿ Published / Printed: Self Learning Material / Books Ÿ Digital: E-Learning & Pre-recorded Lecture DVD Ÿ Faculty Interaction: Virtual Classroom & Online Chat Sessions
The institute has initiated highly interactive supplementary learning methodologies to improve the understanding of concepts through case studies and practical examples also, thereby bridging the gap between the book and the classroom.

Academic Policies
Academic Resources
Academics and Research Department
The Academics Development and Research Department plays a key role in designing and constantly updating the curriculum after careful evaluation and study of the course contents offered by full time programs and ensures that the curriculum meets the latest industry / societal trends. The department is responsible for providing academic support to students. The department is assisted by expert faculty in all its activities. Academic activities at SCDL include research work in “e-learning as growth drivers, its effectiveness and usage” and in Distance Learning Technologies. The department liaises with the Faculty and the Editorial Department.
Faculty Development
SCDL has over 400 visiting faculty members who help Academics Development and Research Department in developing curriculum and providing academic support to students, creating assessments and providing feedback to students on their academic progress. Faculty members attend workshops and training programs to seek innovative teaching methodologies and implement efficient learning systems for the benefit of students.
Train the Trainers
SCDL organizes monthly training workshops for faculty in order to train them on Quality and Standards related to Self Learning Material, E-learning and other content development.
Editorial Department
The editorial department is responsible for editing, proofreading of the self-learning materials (SLMs), prospectus and all other publications of SCDL, the Editorial Department is also responsible for publishing newsletters and journals.
Quality Assurance Cell
Quality Assurance Cell strives towards development of quality models and standards in Distance Education, creating benchmarks and auditing. A six sigma model has been introduced to ensure quality in all departments. This activity has brought about standardization and improvement in all inter-departmental processes. SCDL has developed comprehensive Quality Manual covering Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for each department and its business processes.
Advisory Committee
The members of the Advisory Committee are experts in the field of education, distance learning, academics and corporate training. The Advisory Committee plays an important role in advising and setting institute policies, in approving new programs, ensuring quality and in taking strategic decisions which are important for the future direction and growth of SCDL.
Academic Council
The Academic Council comprises of experts from academia and industries. The Academic Council plays an important role in establishing quality guidelines, designing curricula for various programs, introducing new programs and faculties, and designing credit system. The council has a combination of experts from education / industry and academia to ensure that SCDL programs and curricula meet the requirements of the industry and the society, meet the guidelines set forth by Distance Education Council and are of the highest academic standards. The Academic Council is assisted by Board of Studies for Curricula and Content development of various programs and to implement academic decisions.

Credit System

Academic Policies

Credit System is used to measure the workload of a student's learning effort. Each course of the curriculum carries credit points. One credit point is equivalent to 30 hours of study. Study hours consist of time spent by the students in:

† Reading & understanding the self-learning material † e-learning † Integrated Learning

† Preparation and submission of assignments † Preparation for examinations † Preparation of Projects / Case Studies, if any

The basic objective of transfer of courses and corresponding credits is to encourage students to continue learning in an 'Open System' thus acknowledging prior learning at SCDL.
From Academic Year 2011, students will be able to transfer courses and corresponding credits earned by taking single courses to other programs of SCDL at a later date and subject to the applicable conditions as laid down by SCDL from time to time.

Credit Transfer System

† The transfer of courses and corresponding credits policy applies to all programs and single courses of SCDL.

† A student can transfer maximum four courses and their corresponding credits if they wish to enroll to a one or two year program offered by SCDL.

† Transfer of courses and corresponding credits are not allowed for any similar courses studied by the student from other institutes / universities other than SCDL.

† For transfer of courses and corresponding credits, a student must have completed and passed with a minimum of 50% in the course(s).

† Transfer of courses and corresponding credits are allowed only within the program validity period whose courses and credits the student wishes to transfer or as particularly specified in case of Single Courses.

† Transfer of courses and corresponding credits are subject to the Director's approval and students are required to submit a written “Request for Transfer of courses and corresponding credits application” to the Director, SCDL.

† There will be no concession in the program fees for the program in which the student wishes to enroll due to transfer of courses and corresponding credits.

† There will be no change in the duration or registration validity of the program in which the student is seeking admission, due to transfer of courses and corresponding credits.

Grading System (applicable for all programs)

Grade

Description

Percentage

A+

Distinction

70% and above

A

First Class

60% - 69.99

B

Second Class

55% - 59.99

C

Pass Class

50% - 54.99

D

Fail

Below 50%

SCDL has a grading system which gives aggregate percentage as well as the respective grade.

Learning Methodology & Student Services

Academic Policies

SCDL has developed a unique “blended learning” methodology that combines all three forms of learning, namely, Publish / Print, Digital and Faculty Interaction. SCDL’s Integrated Learning Approach is in line with our mission for providing ‘self-paced, self-styled’ learning.
Self-Learning Material:
All students are provided with comprehensive self-learning material (SLM) at the beginning of each semester. Renowned authors specially design the self-learning material for each course of the curriculum, with the distance learning methodology in mind. The self-learning material includes self-assessment questions also. SCDL has introduced a unique course code for each of the courses prescribed for a particular program. The course code includes the academic year, a specific identification number and the version of SLM. e.g. 11.101.01 indicates the academic year 2011, 101 as an identification number of the subject PPM and 01 is the second version of the SLM. SCDL revises SLM frequently once in 1 - 2 years to keep in line with the current market trends.
e-learning:
SCDL has introduced ‘e-learning’ as a supplementary methodology for all its students to enhance understanding of key concepts and bridge the gap between distance and classroom based learning. The e-learning sessions enhance the understanding of the subject matter by presenting scenarios, audio / video clips, case studies, quizzes and activities. Students can go through the e-learning modules available on the SCDL website or CD packed along with the selflearning material.
Pre-Recorded DVD Lecture:
Students can enhance their understanding of key concept by viewing pre-recorded lectures from expert faculty on important courses and areas of the program curricula. Such lectures are in the form of DVD and are available at a nominal cost upon enrollment. Information is provided to students through the SCDL website.

Virtual Classroom Sessions:
In a Virtual Classroom environment, students are able to attend a live online classroom and interact with an expert faculty via the internet. Students can ask questions, have peer interaction and even replay an archived lecture. Virtual classroom sessions are conducted for all courses throughout the year.
Online Faculty Chat Sessions:
Online Faculty Chat Sessions allow students to interact with faculty by typing their questions and receiving immediate answers in an online environment.
E-Mentoring:
SCDL provides an extremely fast and effective e-Mentoring system for academic support to all its students. Through the e-Mentoring system, students can address their specific academic queries via e-mail to SCDL, to which an in-depth reply will be sent within 2-3 days by an expert faculty.
Web-Based Support Services:
SCDL has a sophisticated Web-Portal providing the facilities listed below which the students can use: † Personalized interface and unique login for each student through the “Student Centre Login”. † Ability to submit online assignments at any time and view immediate results. † Flexibility to give On-Demand online exams as per desire. † View important instructions regarding exams, assignments and other activities through a Message Board. † Ability to view fee and academic status. † Ability to send e-mails to SCDL representatives as per nature of query in order to receive a prompt response. † Ability to access e-Learning Content through the Student Centre Login on the SCDL website. † SCDL has introduced interactive lectures on relevant subjects, broadcasted through Video Conferencing / internet
throughout the year. † Chat Session with SCDL faculty is also made available on a periodic basis in order to provide academic support. † SCDL has introduced Virtual Classroom Sessions, which is conducted live & online throughout the year for all
courses. Students interact with the expert faculty and clarify their doubts.

Admission Procedure

Admission & Fee Policies

Walk-In Admissions
Students may walk into SCDL with the duly filled application form, registration fee and all other required documents. If the student satisfies all admission and eligibility criteria, then the student can walk out with the Admission Letter, Identity Card (for confirmed admission), Exam Hand-Book and Welcome Kit.
Confirmation of Admission
Application forms sent by post along with registration fees and required documents are scrutinized for eligibility. Confirmed Admission Letter, Identity Card along with the Welcome Kit and Exam Hand-Book is sent to students if the student is found to be eligible for admission.

Provisional Admissions

Provisional Admission is given when the application form has deficiencies such as:

† Documents submitted are not attested

† Service Certificate (for Diploma holders and active

† Insufficient documents

Defence Personnel)

† Incomplete / Unsigned application form

† Name Change Certificate

† Photographs (2 copies) not attached

† Visa copy (for International / SAARC students)

Students admitted on provisional basis do not receive an ID card until their admission is confirmed. They must submit required documents or comply with deficiencies immediately upon receipt of provisional admission letter so as to get confirmed admission. Provisional admissions of students failing to submit the required documents on or before 30th November, 2011 are liable to be cancelled. It is the sole responsibility of the student to submit all the required documents within the prescribed timeline.

Late Admission
Students admitted after 30th September 2011 will be considered as late admissions. Late admissions beyond
prescribed timeline may be given with the Director's approval only. Late admitted students are required to pay the prescribed fees for the program they have enroled in full, (i.e. 1st & 2nd installments together) and they will not be eligible
for any kind of refund of fees or change of Program / Specialization.

Enclosures with Application
For all PG Diploma Programs, Certificate Programs, Advanced Diploma Programs & Single Courses
† Application form completely filled and signed. † Two passport size colour photographs, one pasted and another attached to the application form. † Photocopy of the Graduation / Diploma / Provisional or Passing Certificate duly attested by a Gazetted officer. † Service Certificate, applicable to Diploma Holders and active Defence Personnel. † Name Change Document, if applicable. † Single Demand Draft for Non-Refundable Registration Fee (giving candidate’s name / details on the
reverse side). The Demand Draft should be in favour of “The Director, SCDL, Pune” payable at Pune or attach online payment status report. † The registration fees can be paid in cash at the SCDL office in Pune only, if the admission is sought in person. † For International / SAARC students, photocopy of passport page showing valid visa of the foreign country.
For Diploma in Creative Writing and Diploma in Teaching English † Photocopy of age proof document and photo-identity proof attested by a gazetted officer or notary.
† Two copies of recent passport size colour photographs. † Single Demand Draft for Non-Refundable Registration Fee (giving candidate’s name / details on the
reverse side). The Demand Draft should be in favour of “The Director, SCDL, Pune” payable at Pune or attach online payment status report. † The registration fees can be paid in cash at the SCDL office in Pune only, if the admission is sought in person. † Name Change Document, if applicable. † For International / SAARC students, photocopy of passport page showing valid visa of the foreign country.
Students should not send any original documents to SCDL. SCDL will not accept any fees in cash by post / courier or at any SCDL Campus / Information Centers / at any SCDL counter, other than Main Pune campus. SCDL is not liable for return / loss of original documents sent by students. Submission of documents for confirmation of provisional admission as per the eligibility criteria and as per the time limit decided by SCDL is the sole responsibility of the student.

Admission & Fee Policies
Fees Schedule, Timelines & Policies
Program-wise Fees Structure
Categories
General / Civil Category: Students who have completed their education in India and would like to give exams from India and avail all services in India will be considered as General / Civil category.

Defence Category: Special Fee concessions are given to active Defence Personnel (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and Paramilitary / Police Personnel as a token of appreciation and recognition of their services to our nation. Special fee concession is not available for personnel in civilian category working in Defence establishments, Ex / Retired Defence Personnel, dependents of Defence Personnel and Paramilitary / Police Personnel.

International Category: International students are those who are holding passport issued by a foreign country including people of Indian origin (NRIs) who have acquired the nationality of a foreign country. Students holding Indian passport but are residing abroad at the time of applying for admission irrespective of the duration of their stay and have valid visas will also be considered as international students.

SAARC Category: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an organization of South Asian nations. Its founding members are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. SAARC students who are holding passport issued by SAARC country (Except India), including people of Indian origin (NRIs) who have acquired the nationality of a SAARC country, students holding Indian passport but are residing in SAARC Country at the time of applying for admission irrespective of the duration of their stay and have valid visas will also be considered as SAARC country students.

Two Year Post Graduate Diploma Programs
PGDBA, PGDIB, PGDIT, PGDEA, PGDBF Registration Fees (Non-Refundable):
The registration fees must be paid along with the application form, failing which the form will not be processed. Registration fee implies application processing fees. † For Indian Residents (General or Civil / Defence Personnel / Paramilitary / Police / Symbiosis employee): Rs. 1000/† International Students: US $100 OR Rs. 4600/† SAARC Students: US $75 OR Rs. 3450/-
Program Fees: General / Civil

Fee Installments 1st Installment
2nd Installment Total

Amount Rs. 15,000/-
Rs. 15,000/Rs. 30,000/-

Date of Payment
Upon receipt of Admission letter (Confirmation or provisional) or before 19th August 2011
On or before 30th September 2011

Active Defence / Paramilitary / Police

Fee Installments 1st Installment

Amount Rs. 15,000/-

2nd Installment Total

Rs. 12,500/Rs. 27,500/-

Date of Payment
Upon receipt of Admission letter (Confirmation or provisional) or before 19th August 2011
On or before 30th September 2011

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