Admission Related FAQ's
When are the Admissions?
1. Admissions for Indian (Domestic) Students:
The Spring Session commences in February every year; FALL Session commences in August every year. Students are advised to refer to the Regional/National Daily News papers from time to time and also the University’s Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) website for admission related announcements. Prospectus and Application can be obtained from the university recognized Learning Centers. The University website provides the list of authorized Learning Centers across the country.
2. Admission for Centers Overseas:
Spring Session commences in April and FALL Session commences in October for overseas Learning Centers every year. Students are advised to refer to the University’s Directorate of Distance Education website for admission related announcements. Prospectus and Application can be obtained from the university recognized Learning Centers. The University website provides the list of authorized Learning Centers abroad.
NOTE: Admission will be granted only to those candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria.
What is the procedure for Admission of Students who have Not Received the Result of Eligibility Qualification?
Students in their final year or who have appeared in their final exams and are awaiting results are eligible to apply, provided their examinations including practical examinations/viva/assignments are over before 30 th May for February (Spring) Session and 30 th November for August (FALL) Session.
The admission of the applicant will, however, remain provisional until he/she produces mark sheets and degree certificate confirming the eligibility on or before the dates stipulated by SMU. Provisional admission will automatically stand cancelled and the student will cease to be on rolls in case these documents are not submitted by due date. Such students will not be permitted to appear for the University Examinations. No communication will be provided in this regard. Fee paid is not refundable.
What are the Documents to be enclosed as eligibility proof along with Admission Application Form?
  • Filled in application form has to be complete. Applicant is advised to read the instructions carefully before filling up the application form. All the supporting documents (as specified in the Prospectus/Application Form) should be enclosed along with the application form and should be attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public or by the Head of the Institution last attended.
Documents to be Enclosed:
  • Course Fee Demand Draft drawn in favour of Sikkim Manipal University - DDE, DE payable at Manipal/Udupi only will be considered.
Note: for course fee (semester-wise) details are provided in the University Prospectus.
  • X Standard Certificate for age proof or birth certificate.
  • Educational Proof Certificates starting from X Standard have to be enclosed for verification of Eligibility Criteria.
  • When a Degree or Diploma ‘ Provisional Pass Certificate’ is enclosed, it is advisable to enclose the Mark Sheets of all the three/four years, as the case may be.
  • Those who have not obtained the Provisional/Degree Certificate are advised to enclose all three/four years pass Mark Sheets along with Course Completion Certificate obtained from Principal/Director of institution where last studied. Duly certified Provisional Certificate/Degree Certificate has to be forwarded within the stipulated period as laid down by the University.
  • Candidates having working experience have to enclose the ‘Experience Certificate’ obtained from the employer.
NOTE: Applications shall be rejected without assigning any reasons for the following reasons.
  1. Incomplete Application Form.
  2. Non-enclosure of proof of eligibility qualifications.
  3. Non-enclosure of Demand Draft or in case it is an outstation Demand Draft or Cheque/Cash.
  4. Documents enclosed are not attested by Gazetted Officer or Notary Public or Head of Institution last attended.
Can there be refund of fees after Admission or if a student withdraws from the course?
Fee once paid is not refundable under any circumstances.
Is there any provision to pursue more than one course at a time?
There is no provision for doing more than one course of SMU-DE at the same time. A candidate is permitted to pursue only one course of SMU-DE at a time.
What is Lateral Entry?
Lateral entry is an opportunity given to a candidate having basic qualification and some other additional qualification/experience in the relevant field to enroll for a higher semester. However, such students will be qtn-title to appear and qualify in the previous semester/relevant papers. The candidate is qtn-title to pay a lateral entry fee as prescribed in the university prospectus in addition to the course semester fee in which he/she is seeking admission.
What is Credit System?
The ‘Credit System’ is followed for all courses offered through distance education mode. Credit system is a systematic way of describing an educational program by allotting specific time to a particular subject. This helps the student to understand the effort he has to put in, to successfully complete a course. Each credit amounts to 30 hours of Learning activities i.e., reading and comprehending the printed study material, attending counseling sessions, VSAT lectures, preparing assignments, etc.
What is Re-registration?

A student doing course with DDE has to register himself/herself for each semester to become eligible to appear for the University Examinations. The terms ‘Fresh Registration’ and ‘Re-registration’ are explained below:

1. Fresh Admission or Registration - New candidates seeking admission are qtn-title to fill up Fresh Admission or Registration form.
2. Re-registration - existing students who get promoted to higher semesters have to re-register at the beginning of a Session and it is termed as Re-registration.
Re-registration to the higher semester is mandatory to become eligible to appear for the university examination for existing students.
Can a student register for two Semesters simultaneously?
Re-registration to two Semesters simultaneously is not permitted.
What is Re-sitting?
If a student fails to clear any of the paper(s) or all subjects of a semester, he/she has to re-appear for the relevant paper(s) or semester by applying and filling up the re-sitting form along with relevant examination fee. The form will be made available at least 3 months before the university examinations along with necessary instructions.
What is Re-admission?
When a student is not in a position to complete the course within the maximum period stipulated, although re-registration was done earlier for all semesters :
A student is permitted to get readmission for a maximum of 20 credits per session.

Where the student had discontinued without registering for one or more semesters with or without arrears in earlier semesters:

The student is qtn-title to apply for re-admission semester-wise during each session starting from the earliest non-re-registered semester. Along with the above, a student can apply for readmission for course(s) worth 4 credits in which he/she has arrears from the previously re-registered semesters.

The Re-admission form can be downloaded from the university website. The form should be complete in all respects and submitted along with necessary support documents and requisite fee. Incomplete application forms will not be considered for processing.


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