Higher Education

Higher Education

Distance education right for at work, lost years’ students

PUBLISH DATE 3rd July 2018

Distance education is often the best resort for students who are unable to complete their education or who are working but want to pursue their studies.

According to the All-India Survey of Higher Education 2016-17 distance education has become a useful mode of obtaining degrees for a large number of students who are staying in far off and remote areas and for whom accessing universities on regular basis is still a dream. There is 1central open university, 13 state open universities and 1 state private open university in the country. There are 117 dual mode universities, which offer education through distance mode, the survey said.

“I have always wanted a Master’s degree. I am working and attending regular college was not my cup of tea as that would require me not to work full time. I also love history as a subject. Now taking history after quitting my job will not be a fit decision as there are hardly any job opportunities in it. Hence, doing a Master’s in history through a distance learning course was the best solution,” Deep Sidhartha said.

At all levels, the share of male students is higher than girls except for certificate courses. A look at the state-wise variation, of the total reported enroled students pursuing studies through distance education, six states provide education to around 62.6% of the students. These are Maharashtra (17.1%), Delhi

(15.4%,) Tamil Nadu (12.2%), Andhra Pradesh (7.5%,) Kerala

(5.7%), West Bengal (4.7%), says the survey.

There are also students who take up distant learning courses as they are cheaper than the regular courses. “A semester of master’s degree via distance learning will probably take me around Rs 5,000. I will get the books delivered to my home and I don’t have to spend for commutation to and from a college. If I were to enrol in a regular college, not only will I have to spend extra for books which will obviously be costly, but also spend for commute and other related things. Lastly, this degree is recognized by all institutes and offices in India. Hence, I preferred distant learning,” Padma Pandey said.

Although the regular college has its own advantage as there is daily interaction with professors and fellow students, distant or open learning courses too have their study centres in cities making it easier for students to solve their doubts. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik started in 1989, is Maharashtra’s open university; Indira Gandhi National Open University is the centrally funded open university.

Masood Parveez, senior regional director, Indira Gandhi National Open University, said the university has a placement cell at both national and regional centre. “The university placement cell is in Delhi. This cell keeps in touch with companies and organizes placement for students across the country. Secondly, regional centres too are in touch with industries. We have conducted placement in Indigo, Tata Housing, Chevrolet etc. We communicate with students via SMSs,” Parveez said.


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