Open and Distance Learning in India Needs to be Reformed- IGNOU Vice-Chancelor

The Open and Distance Education is always fruitful for a Large country like IndiaThe open and distance learning system in the country needs to be reformed to deal with quality issues and bring it at par with the learning from full-time or regular courses, IGNOU Vice Chancellor Nageshwar Rao has said recently.

Conventional education alone cannot meet the needs and aspirations of higher education. Distance education system is emerging as an important means to fulfill the increasing demand of the education system, but there are issues of quality in the open learning which calls for reforming the ODL system.

More Details for ODL System in India and Role of IGNOU:

IGNOU is considered as largest university in the world with over 4 million students. The varsity is presently in the process of preparing a draft on “Promoting Open and Distance Learning and Online Courses” for the New Education Policy (NEP) which is being formed by the government appointed experts.

Mr. Rao said, “Government has entrusted IGNOU with huge responsibility of formulating the theme on ‘Promoting Open and Distance Learning and Online Courses’ for the New Education Policy (NEP) which is under formulation”.

“The Madhav Menon Committee formed by the HRD ministry has also suggested several changes in the implementation of ODL within the country,” he added.

IGNOU University run by the central government of India. The university’s Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) has organised a two-day national consultative meeting in which 55 papers were presented on the best practices adopted by distance learning institutions and ODL philosophy and operations followed there.

Besides, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) there are 14 State Open Universities in India which are offering degree, diploma and certificate courses.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) have recently received a great deal of public attention and can form important feature of distance learning. The issue of quality assurance of such courses is a big concern for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).

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