Mumbai : Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), University of Mumbai, on Wednesday closed the extended deadline for admissions to academic year 2015 -2016. According to officials, this academic year the number of students has gone up by almost 10% as compares to last year.

IDOL had twice extended the deadline for admissions on requests from students. Students often choose the distance learning option when they do not get admission into colleges in desired locations. Besides, as the commercial capital of the country, Mumbai has a huge number of working executives as well as self-employed people and housewives who prefer to continue their education for better opportunities and professional growth.

According to IDOL officials, around 89,000 students have registered for various courses this year. For the last academic year, 79,895 students had applied while it was 72,000 applicants the year before that.

Distance learning courses in IDOL, available for arts, commerce and science streams at the diploma, degree and post-graduate level, are said to be dynamic and industry-oriented.

Besides, students have the facility to attend classes on weekends in various colleges or the university’s Kalina campus.

Till September 15, 2015, an estimated 35,000 students had registered for the courses this year. After extension of the deadline by 15 days, around 54,000 students registered.

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