Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. When does the admission process commence for the Distance Education Programmes of Pondicherry University?

  2. Where do I get information about the admission Process?

  3. How do I get the application form for admission?

  4. What are the eligibility criteria for MBA admission?

  5. Do I have to send my Original Certificates?

  6. I am awaiting my final year UG Course results. Am I eligible to apply for admission?

  7. Do I need to get any attestation in the application form? 

  8. What are the courses offered by DDE?

  9. Are the Programmes offered by DDE are approved / recognized by the appropriate bodies?

  10. What is the duration of MBA Course?

  11. Can I change my course / specialization during my course of study?

  12. What is the difference between the Direct admission given by the DDE and the admission though the TPIs (Twinning Programme Institutions)? 

  13. How should I pay the fees at the time of admission?

  14. How should the subsequent semester fees to be paid?

  15. Could I send the fee through Postal Orders or money orders or through credit cards?

  16. Is there any fine/late fee to be paid for the delay in payment of fee beyond the prescribed dates?

  17. What will happen if I fail to pay the tuition fee on time?

  18. Will I be communicated if my name is removed from the roll for non-payment of fees?

  19. Am I eligible for readmission if my name is removed from the rolls?

  20. Is there any fee concession for the courses of DDE? Who are all eligible to avail the fee concession?

  21. When can I avail this concession and How?

  22. What certificates should be sent to avail this concession?

  23. Where do I get my ID card from the University?

  24. What should I do if I loose the ID card?

  25. What should I do if I change my residence?

  26. Can I change my PCP Centre?

  27. In case I don’t receive the study materials, who should I contact?

  28. Do I get study materials for all the semesters during my admission?

  29. Is the attendance for PCP classes compulsory?

  30. How will I know about the PCP schedule?

  31. When should I send the examination application form?

  32. What should I do if I don’t receive my hall ticket?

  33. What if I misplace / losse my hall ticket?

  34. How do I know the exam schedule?

  35. Can I change the exam centre?

  36. What is the minimum marks required for a pass?

  37. What is the minimum mark required for a first class?

  38. Is there a provision for improvement exams?

  39. Is there any provision for re-totaling or revaluation?

  40. Who should I contact if I don’t receive mark sheets or certificates?

  41. What is the procedure to get provisional certificate/ consolidated mark statement?

  42. What is the procedure to get the degree (convocation) certificate?

  43. What are the Documents/Forms could be downloaded from the University web site?

  44. What are the other web supports I can look for?

  45. Where do I find the Academic calendar?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Admissions

  1. When does the admission process commence for the Distance Education Programmes of Pondicherry University?

    Usually admission is open from June 1st to September 30th every Year. However, for the current academic year, kindly wait for the Admission announcements.

  2. Where do I get information about the admission Process?

    You may please watch out for the admission notification which appears in the months of May/June in all the leading Newspapers of the Country, including Major Vernacular Dailies. Around the same time you may also check the Directorate of Distance Education Link in the University web site: www.pondiuni.edu.in
     

  3. How do I get the application form for admission?

You have 4 options:

      • The application form (free of cost) can be had in person from the Help Desk in the Office of Directorate of Distance Education, Pondicherry University, Puducherry–605014

(or)

      • You could either straight write by post to the Director, Directorate of Distance Education, Pondicherry University, RV Nagar, Kalapet, Pondicherry – 605 014,  enclosing a self-addressed, Ten Rupees stamped envelope (25x18 cm)

(or)

      • You may download the application form from the University web site and send it to the Director, DDE with all the required enclosures.

      (or)

      • Spot Admissions - Kindly refer DDE home page

  1. What are the eligibility criteria for MBA admission?

The Eligibility criteria for MBA admission is any Degree from a recognized University under 10+2+3 or 11+1+3 or 11+2+2 system.

  1. Do I have to send my Original Certificates?

YES. It is a Mandatory condition for admission that Original Certificates should get verified.

  • You have to send your UG Degree Certificate and Higher Secondary (10 + 2) School Certificate.

  • In case of Diploma Holders, Certificate of Diploma is to be sent instead of HSC Certificate.

  • In case of students awaiting their convocation, Provisional Certificate or Consolidated Mark Statement should be sent along with HSC Certificate.

  • Transfer Certificate and Mark statements need not be sent.

  • All the original certificates will be returned after scrutiny. Within a fortnight from the date of admission. If you don’t receive even after a month, you may write to the Grievance Cell of the DDE.

  • Candidates awaiting their results of Final year/semester of UG Degree may also apply. They will be provisionally admitted, subject to the production of provisional certificate/consolidated mark sheet as proof of fulfilling the prescribed eligibility criteria before 30th October of this year, failing which provisional admission granted, will be cancelled

  1. I am awaiting my final year UG Course results. Am I eligible to apply for admission?

Yes. You may very well apply. But you will be provisionally admitted, subject to the production of provisional certificate/consolidated mark sheet as proof of fulfilling the prescribed eligibility criteria before 30th October of this year, failing which provisional admission granted, will be cancelled.

  1. Do I need to get any attestation in the application form?

Yes. You should paste your pass port size photograph in the space provided in the application form and get it duly attested with out fail. (Stamp size photo in the Identity card need not be attested).

Courses

  1. What are the courses offered by DDE?

Pondicherry University Distance Education Wing focuses only on MBA Programmes. More specifically, sectoral MBA Programmes. The name of the MBA programmes offered are mentioned below:

MBA (Marketing)

MBA (Finance)

MBA (International Business)

MBA (HRM)

MBA (General)

MBA (Tourism)
MBA (Retail Management)

The student can choose any of the Five MBA programmes depending on one’s flair and aptitude. The Directorate also offers the 3 year MCA programme. However, MCA Programme is offered only at the Twinning Programme Institutions (TPIs).

  1. Are the Programmes offered by DDE are approved / recognized by the appropriate bodies?

YES. All the Programmes offered by Pondicherry University are approved by the Joint Committee of DEC, AICTE & UGC.  It may also be noted that Pondicherry University is a Central University, completely funded by the Govt. of India.

  1. What is the duration of MBA Course?

The minimum duration for completion of the MBA course shall be two years and the maximum period shall be four years. The names of students, who have not completed the course within this maximum period, shall be removed from the roll.

  1. Can I change my course / specialization during my course of study?

No, Change of course will not be entertained in any case.  Candidates seeking admission to the various courses are requested to choose their course of study with utmost care.

  1. What is the difference between the Direct admission given by the DDE and the admission though the TPIs (Twinning Programme Institutions)?

The Curriculum, Admission Criteria, Study Materials, Examinations Schedules, Declaration of Results, Issue of Certificates remains the same in both the cases.

 In the direct admission by the DDE, the DDE organizes Personal contact Programmes during the months of May & November at Major cities/towns across the country depending ion the number of the students. For each semester, a total of 40 HOURS of classes will be conducted in 8 days (four week ends).

In the TPIs, classes are organized by the Twinning Programme Institution, during the weekends / evenings. All the admissions, fee collection, issue of Study materials and other grievances are handled by the TPI Coordinator under the guidance of Pondicherry University. The total number of classes for a semester in TPI is 120 hours.

Payment of Fees

  1. How should I pay the fees at the time of admission?

The fee to be paid at the time of admission includes, Registration Fee, Tuition fee, Study Material Charges etc. The fee to be paid at the time of admission is Rs.8175/-. The fee as prescribed above should be paid by a Crossed Demand Draft drawn in favour of “The Finance Officer, Pondicherry University, Puducherry”, payable at Pondicherry and sent to The Director, DDE. Candidates seeking admission at DDE office in person can remit their fees directly at Indian Bank, Pondicherry University Branch.

  1. How should the subsequent semester fees to be paid?

          The Tuition fee for subsequently semesters (II, III & IV Semesters) is as follows:

FIRST YEAR  - Second Semester
( To be paid on or before 31st January)

Rs.3250

SECOND YEAR  - Third Semester
( To be paid on or before 31st July)

Rs.3250

SECOND YEAR – Fourth Semester
( To be paid on or before 31st January)

Rs.3250

The fee may be paid in any one of the following method:

    • Crossed Demand Draft in favour of “The Finance Officer, Pondicherry University”, payable at Pondicherry.

    • Direct remittance through Challan in the Indian Bank, Pondicherry University Branch.

    • Direct remittance through challans* can also be made in the following banks to the account of Finance Officer, Pondicherry University.

Sl. No

Name of the Bank

Account Number

  1.  

State Bank of Mysore, Puducherry

5401000050155

  1.  

Punjab National Bank, Puducherry         

2928002101803781

  1.  

AXIS Bank, Puducherry                 

209010100047931

      *Chalans will be available in the respective banks.

  • Electronic transfer to the account of Finance officer in any of the Banks mentioned in serial no.3. and

Need less to say that fee be paid always in time!

Please ensure that the details regarding the Name of the candidate, Application number, Enrollment number, Course Name, Nature of fee should be clearly indicated in the copy of Challan or on the backside of the Demand Draft to be sent to the Directorate, to ensure proper accounting in their name. The details of remittance of fees should be sent to Directorate in the prescribed format with out fail. The format is available in the Student Hand book issued at the time of admission or can be downloaded from the Web site.

  1. Could I send the fee through Postal Orders or money orders or through credit cards?

Postal Orders, Money Orders, Mail Transfers and Cash Payments/Credit Cards will not be accepted. Fee once remitted will not be refunded under any circumstances.

  1. Is there any fine/late fee to be paid for the delay in payment of fee beyond the prescribed dates?

          Yes. Late payment fee shall be levied as follows at the time of payment:

    • @  Rs.5/- per day for the first 10 days.

    • @ Rs.10/- per day thereafter up to the last day of the month in which the fee is due.

  1. What will happen if I fail to pay the tuition fee on time?

You may please note that, if the fee is not paid till the last date of the month of payment of fees, names of the defaulters shall be removed from the rolls of the DDE after informing the students.

  1. Will I be communicated if my name is removed from the roll for non-payment of fees?

Yes. You will receive intimation from DDE regarding the removal of name from the rolls. However, in case if you miss the postal letter, it is advisable that to visit the website to check out for your name in the defaulters list.

  1. Am I eligible for readmission if my name is removed from the rolls?

Yes. You may be re-admitted on the recommendation of the Director, DDE and on payment of arrears of fees in full and other dues, together with a re-admission fee of Rs.100/-.

Fee Concession

  1. Is there any fee concession for the courses of DDE? Who are all eligible to avail the fee concession?

          Yes. 50% Tuition fee concession is extended to the

      • Non-teaching employees of the Pondicherry University and their wards.

      • Defence personnel serving in Indian Armed Forces.

      • Physically Challenged

      • Widows/ Deserted Women

      • Trans-genders

      • Prisoners

A person could avail the benefit under any one of aforesaid categories. Such candidate should enclose a certificate of proof from the competent authority.

  1. When can I avail this concession and How?

As the concession is 50% on Tuition fee, the students eligible for concession, after submitting the relevant documents can avail the concession in III and IV Semesters. i.e, the students should pay the I and II semester fees in FULL and need not pay the III and IV Semester fees.

You may please note that, the concession cannot be availed during the I Year (I and II Semseter) of the Course.

  1. What certificates should be sent to avail this concession?

A photo copy of the document(s) mentioned below for each category should be sent to DDE to avail the concession:

    • In the case of Pondicherry University Non-Teaching Employees (Group C & D), they should send a copy of their University ID card and in case of their wards, a copy of the family health card issued by the University.

    • For Defense Personnel, a Certificate (With an attested Passport size photo) from the Superior Officer stating the address and designation of the command they are presently posted in.

    • In the case of Physically Challenged, the certificate issued by the Government Doctor stating the nature of their disability.

    • For Widows, death certificate of their Spouse and for deserted Women any of the following documents:

      • Decree of the Court of Law

      • Certificate from the VO /Tashildar

      • Affidavit from a Notary Public

    • For Transgender, a Medical Certificate

In the case of Prisoners, a Certificate from the Jail Authorities.

  Identity Card   

  1. Where do I get my ID card from the University?

You will get your ID card issued by the Director, DDE at the time of admission, along with a student Handbook. The Enrolment number allotted to you will be mentioned in the ID card. You should keep the ID card safely till the completion of the course. 

  1. What should I do if I loose the ID card?

In the event of the original ID card being lost, a Duplicate Card can be obtained from the Directorate.  The format for Duplicate ID card can be downloaded from our Website or can be photocopied from the student Handbook. You should fill the format, paste a stamp size photo, sign in the place provided and send it to the Director, DDE with a demand draft for Rs.50/- drawn in favour of “The Finance Officer, Pondicherry University, Puducherry” payable at Pondicherry.

Change of Address and PCP Centre

  1. What should I do if I change my residence address?

All communications including study material will be sent to you to the address given by you in the application form. Hence, in case of change of address, you should intimate the DDE the new address of your Residence through the format that can be downloaded from the website or photocopied from the student handbook, along with a demand draft for Rs.100/- drawn in favour of “The Finance Officer, Pondicherry University, Puducherry” payable at Pondicherry.

  1. Can I change my PCP Centre?

Yes. You can. Send a request in the format that can be downloaded from the website or photocopied from the student handbook, along with a demand draft for Rs.100/- drawn in favour of “The Finance Officer, Pondicherry University, Puducherry” payable at Pondicherry.

Study Materials

  1. In case I don’t receive the study materials, who should I contact?

In case of non-receipt of study materials you can contact the DDE through telephone, email or a letter. The status of despatch will be replied to you from our side.

But make it sure that there is someone at your residence to collect the books and the address you have provided to us is correct with pin code.

  1. Do I get study materials for all the semesters during my admission?

No. You will receive only the Study materials for first Semester immediately after the admission. The study materials for the subsequent semesters will be sent before the commencement of PCP classes, which will guide you for effective learning. The syllabus of the course and the model question papers will also be sent along with the study materials either by Registered Parcel or by Express Parcel Service.

  1. Is the attendance for PCP classes compulsory?

No. But it will be helpful to you if you attend the PCP Classes for :

  • You may get to know your batch mates

  • You will have classes on all the papers

  • You will have thorough understanding of how to analyse and present the case studies

  • You can clarify your doubts regarding the project work and so on…

  1. How will I know about the PCP schedule?

Personal Contact Programme classes will be arranged at the centres allotted by the Directorate subject to the strength of the students. Individual communication will be sent to the students in advance regarding the PCP Schedule. But it is suggested that you refer frequently the Web Site, in case if the communication is delayed or lost in transit.

Examinations & Certificates

  1. When should I send the examination application form?

University Examinations will be held twice a year in June and December. The students are advised to download the Examination application form, blank hall ticket, instructions to candidates and time table from the University web site. The above material will not be sent by post to the individual student. Photo copies of the downloaded materials may also be used. 

The filled in examination application form along with the requisite fees should be directly sent to the Controller of Examination, Pondicherry University, Puducherry-605 014 within the last date stipulated below.

For June Exams – On or Before 15th May

For December Exams – On or Before 15th November

Details of the examination fees to be remitted are indicated in the instruction to candidate enclosed with exam form. Hall tickets for the examinations will be sent directly by the Controller of Examinations to the students before the commencement of the examinations.

  1. What should I do if I don’t receive my hall ticket?

If you don’t receive the hall ticket, you can enquire with the Exam Wing of DDE for the status of despatch of your hall ticket. In case, if it is lost in transit or delayed in delivery, you may download the hall ticket which will be uploaded in the University website a few days before the commencement of the examinations.

  1. What if I misplace / losse my hall ticket?

You should immediately inform the University Observer in your Exam Center. The Exam Center Superintendent or the University Observer will guide you through.

  1. How do I know the exam schedule?

The Exam Schedule will be uploaded in the website well in advance. However, Exam Schedule will be sent to you along with your hall ticket.

As far as possible, the examination schedule will be adhered to. If there is any change in the schedule due to unforeseen circumstances the students will be intimated in advance.

  1. Can I change the exam centre?

Yes. But, you should mention the centre correctly in which you wish to appear for the exams, in the exam application form.

  1. What is the minimum marks required for a pass?

The minimum marks required for a pass is 50% in each subject.

  1. What is the minimum mark required for a first class?

For declaration of First Class with Distinction/First Class/Second Class, the aggregate of the total marks secured by a candidate (including repeaters) in all the years/semesters put together shall be as detailed below:

            75% and above                        - First Class with Distinction
            60% & above but below 75% - First Class
           50% & above but below 60%  - Second Class

  1. Is there a provision for improvement exams?

No. There is no provision for writing improvement examinations under any circumstances. in the Directorate of Distance Education.

  1. Is there any provision for re-totaling or revaluation?

Yes. Re-totaling and Revaluation of papers can be done for which the student has to pay a fee of Rs.75/- per paper for re-totaling and Rs.300/- per paper for revaluation. Requests pertaining to re-totaling/revaluation will be entertained only within a span of 15 days from the date of declaration of results.   Requests received beyond this date will summarily be rejected.  Students, who failed in more than 2 papers, are not eligible for applying for revaluation. All requests in this regard should be addressed to the Controller of Examinations.  You may also note that the Examination related evaluation disputes/answer scripts will be entertained up to a period of six months from the date of examinations and thereafter no claim will be entertained in this regard.

  1. Who should I contact if I don’t receive mark sheets or certificates?

You should write or call or email to the Controller of Examinations/ Deputy Registrar for non-receipt of Marks statements or Certificates.

  1. What is the procedure to get provisional certificate/ consolidated mark statement?

The Controller of Examinations will send the Provisional Certificates through Registered Post to the students who complete the course successfully. You need not apply for it.

But, for a Consolidated Mark Statement, you should download the application form from the website and apply to the Controller of Examination.

  1. What is the procedure to get the degree (convocation) certificate?

The candidates who successfully pass through all the papers should apply for convocation. The convocation application can be downloaded from the website and sent to the Controller of Examinations, Pondicherry University.  Degree certificates will be issued to candidates only if they apply for the same.  The Degree will be conferred in absentia and will be sent by Registered Post within three months from the date of the convocation.

  1. What are the Documents/Forms could be downloaded from the University web site?

The following documents/ forms could be downloaded from the University website www.pondiuni.edu.in, at the  ‘Distance Education’ link on the home page.

  • Syllabi & Study Materials

  • Previous Year Question Papers

  • Downloadable forms :

    • Application form for admission

    • Application for change of address, Change of PCP centre & Duplicate ID Card

    • Tuition Fee Acknowledgement form

    • Fees Payment Challan –SBI & Punjab National Bank

    • Examination Application Form

    • Re-Admission form for Fee Defaulters

    • Convocation Application Form

  1. What are the other web supports I can look for?

You can also visit the website for the following supports:

  • Admission Confirmation Status (You should use your Application Form Number) and details of return of Original certificates

  • Despatch status of Study Material and return of Study Materials deta

  1. Where do I find the Academic calendar?

You can find the Academic Calendar in the Student Handbook. For quick reference, find it also here:

Particulars Date
Date of commencement of issue of Application forms & Admission 1st May

Last date for Sale of Application Forms

30th September

Last date for receipt of filled in Application Forms

30th September

Last date for Admission (for all the courses)

30th September

Date of dispatch of Confirmation of Admission letter and ID card

15th October

Last date for dispatch of Study Materials

15th October
 

Tentative date for Personal Contact Programme

For MBA- I Semester

October/November

For MBA- III Semester

October/November
 

Last date for submission of Examination Applications with fees - For December Session

10th November

Last date for submission of Examination Applications with Late fees - For December Session

15th November
 

Tentative date for Publication of Results

31st March

Last date for submission of Revaluation Applications

15th April

Date for Publication of Revaluation Results

10th May

Date of dispatch of Statement of Marks / PC

25th April
 
Tentative date for Personal Contact Programme
For MBA- II Semester March/April
For MBA- IV Semester March/April
 

Last date for submission of Examination Applications with fees - For June Session

10th May

Last date for submission of Examination Applications with Late fees - For June Session

15th May
Tentative date for Publication of Results of June Session 15th September

Last date for submission of Revaluation Applications

30th September

Date of Publication of Revaluation Results

31st October

Date of despatch of Statement of Marks / PC

25th October

Date of close of the academic session

30th June

The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change dependingon administrative convenience. Individual communication will be sent to the students confirming the dates of PCP classes. All information will be hosted in the website also.