Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Comparison of correspondence course M.S (Software systems) from BITS Pilani and executive M.S (Computer Science) from Manipal University

Disclaimer: Though I am a student of 2nd Sem Executive MS-CS at Manipal University, these are completely my opinion, and may be wrong also, and hence I do not recommend anyone to follow blindly what I say, Do your own research. If something mentioned is wrong then please let me know ASAP through comment and I will correct it.

Sl. No Basis MS distance from BITS Pilani, in Software Systems Executive MS from Manipal University in Computer science

1 Qualification to get admission B.E/B.Tech (B.Sc/BCA is not allowed). Only for working professional having 1+ yr of exp.
B.E/B.Tech + B.Sc/BCA, but they need to go for 3 years course. Only for working professional having 1+ yr of exp.

2 Company approval is must? Yes, Company needs to mention that, this employee is funded by the organization and also He/She can use the resources of company for project/assignment purpose No. One need not be funded by company and only thing they ask for is a proof that you are working (Offer letter is sufficient)

3 Fees http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/university/wilp/AdmissionFeesStructure

15000 + 32700*4 = 145800

4 Can take break between the course? Didn't find any such info, Looks its not that flexible There can be short and long breaks, very easy to take breaks and also very transparent in their policy.

5 What type of course is this? Fully correspondence course This is also not full time course, But I heard there is no difference in degree awarded between this course and that done full time at Manipal campus.

6 Maximum duration of course 2 years 4 years

7 Can fees be paid in installments Each Semester, hence 4 installments 6 installments

8 Is real time classes conducted No, only online tutorial available, or some online counseling Regular 9 Hrs classes on every Sunday, 3 subjects, 3 hrs each

9 exams http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/university/wilp/OperationalHighlights

1 assignment/quiz (10% weight), 1 mid-sem open book exam (30% weight), 1 final exam (60%)
Similar to engineering exams in VTU, u have 3 internals (Exams mostly on 3 out of 4 Sundays every month from 8-9 AM and then classes of 9 hrs)- Internals for 20 marks, and best two is considered, i.e 40 marks
Assignment – 10 marks, Term paper – 100 Marks (You need to submit hard and soft copy of research paper on related subject) + Main closed book exam (No books allowed in any of the exams)

10 Syllabus http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/uploads/WILP_Programmes/MS%20Software%20Systems.pdf
Has 4 subjects in each sem
Similar syllabus, but covered in 2 sem only, Has 6 subjects in each sem. Another year is for project only.

11 Theory classes duration 3 semesters 2 semesters

12 Need to visit university? Yes, for project submission, you need to visit Pilani, Rajasthan Not required.

13 Approval from AICTE? No. No.

14 Approval from UGC? An institution deemed to be a University estd. vide Sec.3 of the UGC Act,1956 under notification # F.12-23/63.U-2 of Jun 18,1964 Manipal University the first private sector deemed university,
Status given by UGC and Ministry of HRD

15 Can do Ph.D from any govt. university? I think yes.. I hope yes, as not many have yet tried this ..

16 Any benefit in IT industry? Not much benefit, unless you r in service industry (like Infy/Wipro/Tcs etc..) Not much benefit in terms of promotion or salary hike.

17 Will help in becoming lecturer in Engineering colleges? yes, More priority is currently given to MS rather than B.E (But M.Tech from classroom course is given most priority) Yes, It should help, not much data available, as this course is comparatively new

18 Administration ease? Like taking any info or applying for break etc? Not very easy to gather information/ Website looks less informative Better/Clear information available in their website

19 Since when this course is running? Long long ago .. Will update exact year later, But this course is running since 25+ years 2005

20 Roughly how many students are there in these course? Thousands (Not sure .. may be 5000 +) Few thousands now .. (2000 +)

21 Industry tie ups? Yes, with many companies, Infact many companies run their own course with help from BITS pilani at their own campus like Wipro offers WASE program .. Yes, but comparatively less corporates

22 Recognition world wide (If you want to apply for Ph.D from foreign university?) BITS pilani is India's 5th-10th Rank college hence is world renowned .. No doubt about the name of BITS Pilani, But not sure how reputed correspondence course is Manipal University is also world famous, but may be little less than BITS Pilani.

23 Do u get to meet/interact with your classmates/batch mates? No, You don't get to make friends yes, you get new friends

24 Do u get the feeling, that you are really studying in college? No .. No college feeling .. Yes

25 Classes conducted at various cities? No classes Yes, classes happens at Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata & Pune

26 Mentor required? Mandatory while applying for this course , I think mentor should be from same company, and mentor's qualification is also seen Not required while taking admission, In second year, you need one mentor as project guide.

27 My rating : In terms of flexibility 7 9

28 My rating : In terms of How useful this course would be 8 7


Nataraj said...

Thanks Ashish for the exhaustive comparison. It will help someone who is looking for such course.

hemanth said...

My Comment on Point 16: It surely helps in getting promotion or hike may not be in all cases but there are people who benefited in getting promotion or hike.

Point 17: I heard , people need to apply and write NET exam conducted by govt to apply as full time lecturer with this MS degree.

Ashish Kumar Jha said...

@Nataraj - Thanks buddy ..
@Hemanth - Good to know it helped people to get promotion.. I have seen many of my colleagues who did M.S, there were no direct benefit.
Yes, its true, After doing M.S one is eligible to write NET(and/or)JRF, But I think after NET also, one can become lecturer in Degree colleges (For B.Sc-computers, BCA etc) but not AICTE approved Engineering colleges . This is what I heard from many (Not sure though).. If after completion of NET, one can get job in any engineering college, its great news for us.. :)

Bharath Booshan said...

I was looking for this kind of comparison before joining the course.. hopefully this will help someone in future..

Harinath said...

Support for Further studies like Ph.D can be added.....

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Dibyajyoti Mohapatra said...

Thanks for the useful post. I am interested in the course from BITS, Pilani. However, my academics is like this:

1. 10th with 83%
2. 3-yr full time diploma in Electronics with 75%
3. B.Tech from YCMOU(distance learning) with 60%
4. Work experience over 7 years.

My company won't fund the money but I can pay it. I have many M.Tech(IIT) colleagues who can be my mentor.

It would be great help if someone can clarify whether I am eligible. I am unable to contact the university directly.

Vipin02 said...

Hay, I am planning to take admission to BITS MS system Software distance course, little confuse about the mentor, how can I find one and about the course material and study. Will BITS provide study materials or will self need to look for study material for the course. Any other useful information please share. Thanks in advance.!!

Ashish Kumar Jha said...

@Vipin, Yes, BITS Pilani will provide you soft copies (PPTs) of study material. For mentor, look for someone in your organization, who has done M.S/M.Tech. All the best!!

Sri said...

Hi Ashish,

I'm interested to join BITS WILP, Could you please explain me the terms "First Semester" and "Second Semester" Academics by BITS WILP. Thanks. Sri Kumaran.

saran said...

Hi Ashish,
Your blog was so helpful. Could you please say me if we can change the mentors and exam centres in the middle of our course.
Thanks, Saran

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Information will really help.
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Thanks a lot Ashish. I was looking for this kind of comparison. you have made my day..Thanks a lot man! :)

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In a nutshell we can say that Correspondence courses and Open Universities are doing great in imparting quality education to students and aspirants.

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Hi Ashish,thanks for your insight into these two courses.

I am an Oracle Database administrator with TCS for more than 3.8 years and have done B.Tech in ECE.However,now that I am into IT industry and that I like my current technology,I want to further my studies.Should I go for correspondence courses or look for MS from abroad.Please suggest.


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