Distance Education rocks , so chill!

PATNA: Want to work and study at the same time? Chill! Try distance education to the conventional colleges. The degrees are valid, and you may even lean more!

Though conventional degree colleges attract the most admission seekers, distance education centres also attract students. In Bihar, some two lakh youths are studying through the distance education mode.

The distance education mode augments opportunities for higher education, ensures access, is cost-effective and promotes a flexible and innovative study option. Many students opt for distance education for ‘better learning and knowledge’. It has proved a boon for the geographically disadvantaged.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Nalanda Open University (NOU) and the directorate of distance education (DDE) of Patna University provide quality higher education to the those who can’t join the conventional university system.

An example of the increasing popularity of distance is seen from the total enrolment in Nalanda Open University. In 2003 was just 2,000. It is 1.10 lakh in the current academic session (2014-15). This has been possible because of a variety of job-oriented courses, strict adherence to academic calendar and reasonable fee structure.

NOU has so far introduced 15 courses, including certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduation courses, in different subjects. These courses include those relating to agriculture, farming, fisheries, dentistry, paramedical and banking. 13 new courses, including post-graduation in education, Urdu, physics, botany, zoology, mathematics and computer applications, degree course in tourism and certificate courses in dental mechanic, medical assistance and nursing care, and radiography have been introduced recently. And, at least three new courses, yogic studies, public relations and statistics, are to be introduced from the next academic session, said NOU registrar S P Sinha. The process of admission to different courses at NOU would commence on June 23.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) programmes are popular in Bihar. Over one lakh students enrolled in 67 different programmes. Under its motto of “reaching the unreached”, IGNOU has been striving hard to set up its study centres in remote and educationally backward areas. In Bihar, there are two regional centres in Patna and Darbhanga. It has also launched a school of translation for getting its study materials translated in different regional languages.

Patna University’s Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) offers diploma, degree and post-graduate courses in different subjects. Even students with very high percentage of marks prefer DDE to regular colleges for admission because it provides them an opportunity to study along with their jobs. Besides running conventional courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level, the DDE has job-oriented vocational courses. The process of admission will start after June 15, said DDE director Ran Vijay Kumar.

[edit exercise by intern Vijay Aditya from a previously pubishled news report]

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