Top Indian universities offering M.A (English) through correspondence


Master Degree in English is a very popular programme in India. Almost all Universities offer this course through correspondence/distance education mode. The author has mentioned five top Indian Universities offering this course through correspondence. Read to know the details.

Over the years, the Graduation and Post-Graduation degrees in English are considered very prestigious. Perhaps because of the colonial legacy, studying English is considered very respectable in India. From the practical point of view also, studying English is very helpful because it provides ample job opportunity. The Post-Graduate students in English find jobs as Lecturers and Teachers. The job opportunity of English students in the teaching profession is considerable because all Indian universities and colleges offer English as a subject. Further, in India, English is compulsory upto Class-X+II. As a result, every school has the position of English teachers at every level. Besides the teaching profession, students of English can opt for jobs in BPOs and KPOs, publishing industry, media and entertainment industry, as an independent journalist and blog-writer, in the corporate sector, technical writing, advertisement and public relations industry and in many other newly-developed sectors.

As a result, students from all over India show interest to study Post-Graduation in English. But due to various reasons, they can't study M.A (English) as regular students. So, they go for correspondence mode. In India, almost all Universities having their own Directorate of Distance Education offer English through correspondence. This article discusses some good Indian universities which offer M.A (English) through correspondence.



M.A (English) offered by IGNOU

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985. Over the years, the University has become the largest university of the world. It has many study centres all over the country. The School of Humanities of IGNOU offers M.A in English through correspondence/distance education.

The course offered by the University is very popular all over India and every year, many students take admission in this course. The course content is well-researched and regularly updated. The study material is of a very high standard and is immensely helpful to the students. The eligibility for admission is Graduation from a recognized University.

Important information

Address: Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068.
Website: www.ignou.ac.in (Every Regional Centre of IGNOU has its own Website, which can be found from the main Website.)
Telephone Nos.: 011-29571000 (Exchange), 011-29533715/ 29572508 (Public Information)

M.A(English) offered through correspondence by ICDEOL, Himachal Pradesh University

Himachal Pradesh University is the best university of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at Summer Hills at the outskirt of Shimla. The University's International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL) was started way back in 1971and is well-known not only within the state but also in other states of the country. ICDEOL has study centres in all districts of the state as well as in many other states like Delhi and West Bengal.

Along with various other Graduate-level and Post Graduate-level courses, ICDEOL, Himachal Pradesh University offers M.A (English) through correspondence mode. The course is very popular and many students take admission in this course. This is an annual examination-based course and the content of the study material is very high.

Important information

Address: International
Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL), Himachal Pradesh University, Summer Hills, Shimla-171005.
Website: http://icdeolhpu.org/
Telephone Nos.: 0177-2832239 (Extension 5454), 0177-2831327

M.A (English) offered by Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras

University of Madras is one of the three oldest Universities of the country. The Institute of Distance Education (IDE) of the University was established in 1981. The IDE currently offers 22 Undergraduate Courses, 14 Postgraduate Courses, 9 Postgraduate Science Courses, 5 Professional Courses, 16 Diploma Courses and 12 Certificate Courses. The IDE has study centres all over the state of Tamil Nadu. M.A in English offered by IDE is very popular. The examination is held annually. The quality of the study materials is excellent. Every year, many students take admission in M.A in English offered by IDE of the University of Madras.

Important information

Address: Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras, IDE Building, Chepauk, Chennai-600005
Website: www.ideunom.ac.in
Telephone No.: 044-25613716

M.A in English through correspondence offered by Institute of Distance & Open Learning, University of Mumbai

University of Mumbai is one of three oldest Universities of India and it has maintained a very high standard of education. The University started its distance education wing way back in 1971-72 and the wing has been upgraded to Institute of Distance & Open Learning (IDOL) in 1993. The M.A(English) offered by the IDOL of the University is a very popular course with high standard. The eligibility for admission in the First Year of M.A (English) is Graduation in any stream.

Important information

Address: University of Mumbai, M.G. Road, Fort, Mumbai-400032
Website: http://mu.ac.in/portal/distance-open-learning/
Telephone No.: 022-26523048



M.A (English) offered by DDE, Annamalai University

Annamalai University was established in 1928 at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu by Rajah Sir S. R. M. Annamalai Chettiar. It is a UGC-approved university and accredited with 'A' Grade by NAAC in 2014. The Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) of the University was established in 1979, and it presently offers more than two hundred different programmes of study. It has study centres in almost all states of India and in every district of Tamil Nadu. The DDE of Annamalai University offers various programmes including M.A in English by correspondence. This is a very popular programme. The eligibility for admission is Graduation in any stream.

Important information

Address: Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar - 608002
Website: www.audde.in
Telephone Nos.:04144-238043 to 238047, 04144-238610

Final few words

As already stated, many Indian Universities offer M.A degree in English through correspondence/distance learning. Not only that, various other useful programmes on English writing are being offered nowadays. The interested candidates must explore the websites of the Universities regularly. The M.A (English) programme offered by the aforestated Universities are very well-known and many working students take admission in M.A (English) correspondence programme of any of these five Universities.


Article by Partha K.
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