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ICFAI Sikkim Distance MBA Review From My Experience

After a long research I joined for the ICFAI distance MBA program in 2012. Now I've completed 2 semesters ( as of 2013 ). I wanted to write this review so that people who are looking for a good MBA program can get a hand-on review about the distance MBA offered by the ICFAI Sikkim. I've been through all the cycles of this program and this review might help you make the right choice about the program. This article presents my own ( and unbiased ) view of the program and is in no way associated with the course provider.

Is the MBA ICFAI Sikkim Approved By UGC? 

As per the latest AICTE regulations, a distance education program must have the approval of a joint commission of 
  • UGC- University Grant Commission
  • AICTE- All Indian Council for Technical Education
  • DEC- Distance Education Council
ICFAI Sikkim doesn't have this approval (don't get disappointed, it's not over yet). Only institutes and colleges affiliated to a University are required to take AICTE approval. So ICFAI being an independent University doesn't require AICTE approval ( more) . They are allowed to award certifications for distance education programs in all respect. 

The registration and Initial course material delivery 

The registration process was quick. One thing I came to know at that point was there are actually two universities offering MBA 

  • ICFAI Tripura - Difficult to study, same fee structure, same validity.
  • ICFAI Sikkim ( My choice ) - Curriculum is comparatively easier, same free structure, same validity. 

There is an option to pay the full course amount upfront or pay as installments over a period of 15 months. I went for the second option. In any case if you want to discontinue the program in between the agent have told that the course fee till that point of time will be charged and the rest will be refunded. You may continue the study even at a later point of time by paying the remaining amount.

The course materials were delivered on schedule via courier. I was really impressed by the quality of books included in the curriculum. There were both foreign authored books as well as a supplimentery guide for each subject. 

Examination and Results 

The exam registration is done online. We will get a student enrollment number after registration which is used for all further communications with the university. We can schedule our exams on any day with free slots in the mentioned time period. Each exam cost Rs. 500 . This is additional to the course fee. There are around 5 subjects for each semester. The questions were easy and can be answered by studying the supplementary textbooks itself. The results will be published after a month or so after the examination. If you want to schedule the exams in weekends, then it's better to ask  about the exam registration opening time beforehand from your agent as the weekend slot gets filled up quickly. After the completion of each semester we will get a qualification certificate via courier.

Class room sessions

Class room sessions are optional and are charged extra if chosen. I chose to attend the classes for the 1st semester and I felt that it was totally worth it. The professors were very good at handling the subject and classes were always on schedule. They cover the ICFAI mba supplementary textbooks on a scheduled basis and clear doubts at the practice questions given at the end of each lesson.

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