Distance Education India
There are two modes of offering education including regular mode and distance mode. The regular mode of education is offered through campus based schools, colleges and universities while distance education is offered to learners of all age groups living at any place in country or in the world. Distance education has two forms – correspondence and online. Distance education is offered through well prepared study materials in print and electronic version.
Distance education offers a lot of benefits. It costs lower than regular course. It offers the flexibility to the learners to study at their conveniences. Distance education saves a lot of time. The learners don’t have to attend classes. They don’t need to go anywhere for completing their distance education course. They only need to study the study materials sent by educational institutes of distance learning.
The tough competition in enrolling into the regular courses offered by educational institutions has helped a lot in rising of distance education in India. A large number of students, professionals, housewives, and older persons are taking admission into the universities offering distance education in India. The educational institutions offering distance education in India are controlled by the Distance Education Council of India situated in the campus of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
Prominent Courses Under Distance education
A large number of educational institutes offer distance education courses in India. The distance education courses in India are offered at diverse levels such as certificate, diploma, post graduate diploma, bachelor degree, and master degree in a wide range of subjects including arts, science, commerce, health, management, business, education etc. Even research degrees like MPhil and PhD are also offered in several subjects by the distance education universities in India.
Prominent courses under distance are Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Commerce, BBA, MBA, and many other degree, diploma or certificate courses.
Colleges and Universities of Distance Education in India
A large number of universities in India have a part for distance education which offers courses in a variety of streams at different levels. The open universities or distance education universities established in the states in India offer distance education courses to students across the country. The leading open universities which offer distance education courses in India are mentioned below:
- Indira Gandhi National Open University - Delhi
- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Open University - Hyderabad
- Kota Open University - Rajasthan
- Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University - Maharashtra
- Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University - Madhya Pradesh
- Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University - Gujarat
- Karnataka State Open University - Karnataka
- Netaji Subhas Open University - West Bengal
- Rajarshi Tandon Open University - Allahabad
- Nalanda Open University - Patna