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U18 Joins the Digital India Inititative

In early 2013, U18 had pioneered the launch of MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses in India with the launch of uGlobal, in partnership with IGNOU and DBU. uGlobal saw massive traction, with an enrolment of about 5000 students within weeks. As it was meant to be a pilot project, we closed admissions after reaching that 5K number, and promised ourselves that we’d be back with more.

That time has come now, and what better initiative than the ‘Digital India’ Program by Prime Minister Modi to align with. With the launch of ‘Digital India’ this week, we’re proud to announce the U18 OpenEd Initiative, which shall give away 5,00,000 Courses on 100% scholarships to students in India, over the next 2 years. By 2017, we should have enrolled students from all over the country into this program, with our Partner Universities certifying them, again, free of charge!

Watch this space for more information in the following weeks…

This Teacher’s Day, we’re going back to where it all started!

Teachers Day in India is celebrated in the honour of Shri Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India, and a much loved teacher.

Dr.Radhakrishnan was a Professor of Philosophy in the University of Mysore, back in 1918.

Today, on Teachers Day, we’re delighted to announce a partnership between the prestigious University of Mysore and U18.

U18 is proud to have been chosen as UOM’s  exclusive continuing education platform partner!


Here is the press brief

September 3, 2014

University of Mysore launches Online Distance Education Programs in partnership with U18

The University of Mysore today announced the launch of its Online Distance Education Programs , with the Department of Outreach and Online Programs being inaugurated by Shri R V Despande, Minister for Higher Education and Tourism, Govt of Karnataka, in the presence of Shri V Sreenivas Prasad, Minister for Revenue and Mysore Dist Incharge, and Smt. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, Wife of Late Shri Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The function was presided over by Prof K S Rangappa, Vice Chancellor , University of Mysore.

The University has collaborated with Online Education Platform provider U18 for the delivery of the Programs.

The U18 online education platform already has over 14,000 students from across 132 countries, studying various degree, diploma and certificate courses being offered by several Indian Universities.

The platform is designed to allow students to apply for , and study in , any of the offered courses online from any corner of the world. Classes and lectures may be attended via an internet connection , on a laptop or even a mobile or tablet. E-books available similarly are accessible to students

Students can discuss their doubts and queries with subject matter experts, as well as fellow students , using available discussion forums. Assessment and evaluation can similarly be done online itself, in a controlled and regulated fashion.

Programs launched for the Academic Year 2014-15 are the MBA, MCom, MCA , MIFM and MSc IT Degrees at the Post Graduate Level, and the BBM/BBA, BCA, BSc IT and BCom Degrees at the Undergraduate Level, along with several Diploma Programs.

The programs are priced economically, in order to make them affordable to all sections of the society. The B.Com program for instance, has a fee of Rs.6,000 per year, while the BBM has a fee of Rs. 10,000 per year. The MBA comes at a fee of Rs. 20,000 per year, and the MCA at a fee of Rs.12,000 per year.

The programs can be accessed at

Over the next few years, the University intends to significantly expand the number of Programs being offered online, introducing courses in arts, languages as well as culture, amongst other disciplines.

The University, established in 1916 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore, was the first university outside the domain of English administration in India, and the 6th as a whole. In 1969, it was the fifth University in India to introduce Correspondence Courses, at the suggestion of the Central Board of Education.

The University celebrates its centenary year in 2016, and it foray into online education is one important way in which it intends to mark this historic milestone.




Bidding adieu to KSOU

On the 16th of June, 2014, U18 completed 5 years of its partnership with Karnataka State Open University.

And now its time to move on.

Our collaboration with Karnataka State Open University, or KSOU,  was one of the first few for KSOU, as for us. Both of us benefitted both in terms of learning and the growth associated with it from this partnership.  The partnership saw the launch of 7 Programs, over these 5 years, and thousands of students enrolling from India as well as overseas.

KSOU VC Prof B A Viveka Rai & RSA at the MOU Signing Ceremony - 16th July 2009

KSOU VC Prof B A Viveka Rai & RSA at the MOU Signing Ceremony – 16th July 2009

It was during the early days of this partnership that we at U18 got an opportunity to organize our first overseas exams (pen and paper at that time), out of a University in Dubai and a Convention hall at the local Hilton in Northampton , UK!

These experiences  and many more like them have proven to be invaluable, in the way they’ve moulded U18’s present and future.

And now, its time to move on.

In an effort to improve the level of services we provide to our students, some time ago we took a decision to limit ourselves to working with only a select few Universities,  ones that are dedicated to the ‘Online’ mode , rather than trying to make Online Education and its delivery systems coexist with existing brick and mortar channels.

With that in mind, we shall not be offering any new enrolments in any of our KSOU certified Programs, but would of course continue to work with the University towards the delivery and teach out of the students still enrolled.

KSOU Exams being conducted at Zayed University, Dubai by U18

KSOU Exams being conducted at Zayed University, Dubai by U18


KSOU Exams being conducted at Zayed University, Dubai by U18

KSOU Exams being conducted at Zayed University, Dubai by U18

We look back to these five years with a quiet sense of satisfaction, one that comes from a job well done.