Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Factors that can enhance GER of Distance Education in India

By Kanna Subscribe to RSS | May 28th 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



The 12th five-year plan is geared up to achieve a 30% GER from the present 15% GER of students in the higher education segment. Attracting larger numbers from the student segment not only demands accessibility but also affordability, flexibility and relaxations in the eligibility criteria. With these workable and viable parameters, distance learning serves as the rider to mass education, and, can considerably expand its scope to bring in more students to continue their education.

Distance learning has grown in shape and size, and at present accounts for 22% of the total GER of students in the higher education segment. Considering the needs of the Indian mass, who want to pursue higher education, while continuing to work, distance education can be the bridge for aspiring students/working professionals to achieve their dreams. The areas, which can bolster the initiatives of distance learning in India, are:

Remote accessibility:

At present, India has 544 universities and 3132 colleges. The mushrooming universities in the country have not delivered easy access to students from remote areas. According to a survey, close to 24% of all enrolments in the higher education system is from the ODL system. To boost this percentage, Distance Learning Universities can focus on opening up information/learning centers in regions with low GER, but a vast student potential. This apart, in view of the internet penetration in the country, the online medium of training and studying can be adopted in regions with prominent internet presence.

Innovative pedagogy for higher employability:

As the competitive job industry looks for skilled work-force, students with industry-relevant knowledge about the subjects they have studied, have a brighter chance to land in the right job. Industry –oriented training through cutting-edge course modules, with a right balance between practical and academic training, make a distance learning course more relevant in the modern-day scenario. For instance, SMU-DE’s online platform EduNxt features many avenues for all-round learning and development of its students and has a vast student base.

Placement services

Universities such as IGNOU and SMU-DE provide placement services to its students. SMU-DE has a dedicated placement cell, which is networked with the major employment exchanges of the country.

In addition, Job fair initiatives taken up distance learning universities will assure prospective students of the career prospects post a distance learning course.

Introducing new-age courses, economy-based, vocation-sciences

The market-trends determine the growth of different industries and thereby different opportunities. India, being an agricultural economy holds a lot of prospects for professionals who can research on agricultural sciences and give innovative solutions to the Indian farmers. Distance learning courses pertaining to agriculture is more relevant for the larger populace, who would be eager to add value to their family business of farming or otherwise. Similarly vocation sciences training have greater application for the labour force- the semi-urban or the rural section of the society, who can acquire additional skills and earn a better financial status.

Distance education universities such as IGNOU has instituted SOVET (Schools of vocational education training) to promote the study of vocational sciences. In this regard, SMU-DE offers fashion design, and journalism and mass communication courses for students seeking self-employment or job-ready skills at the end of the course; as the vocational sciences subjects centre on hands-on training.

The vernacular medium for education

Primary education in the semi-urban and rural areas is delivered in the vernacular medium. The numbers of students willing to pursue higher education but step back because of the language barrier account for large numbers. Distance Learning courses, if delivered in the vernacular medium, yield the double-advantage: firstly, it can attract more students to continue education and secondly, the ease and comfort of learning in one’s mother tongue gives a better understanding of the subject and thereby delivers better results.

Quality with affordability

Quality stands top for all students. And, when distance education comes on par with the regular stream of learning with timely delivery, excellent interface with its students, up-to-date course materials, more number of students will resort to take to distance learning as their main stream.

Relaxations in eligibility-entry, exit, re-entry

Compared to regular stream of learning, which imposes the 10+2+3 norm, the eligibility criteria for any distance learning course is less stringent. Further relaxations can be brought in for students, who have the merit to pursue higher education but do not satisfy certain criteria, especially those who had to discontinue studies and are keen on studying further.

Education loans and Scholarship schemes

Distance education universities can initiate student loan schemes on subsidised interest rates. This way, the deserving students from the economically weaker sections can continue their education without hassles. Scholarship schemes can work in tandem with loans to make the pursuit of higher education simple and flexible.

Distance education holds the promise of reaching quality education with affordability to students across the country. Distance learning universities such as SMU-DE expands the premise and principle of distance education. The university, with its vast student base, aims at the next level of improvisation, to reach far and wide and deliver quality and employability.

Kanna - About Author:
Distance education holds the promise of reaching quality Distance Education with affordability to students across the country. Distance learning universities such as SMU-DE expands the premise and principle of distance education. The Distance Learning University, with its vast student base, aims at the next level of improvisation, to reach far and wide and deliver quality and employability.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/education-articles/factors-that-can-enhance-ger-of-distance-education-in-india.htm

Related Education Articles Subscribe to RSS

Know the value of online education help through Statistics Homework Help
Published by Albert Xavier on December 26th 2011 | Education
Education is also adopting the same culture and with the availability of computers along with intern...
 
How to cross the financial hurdle for a USA education
Published by Sarfraj Ahmed on January 12th 2012 | Education
The number of students from India studying at colleges and universities in the United States. With g...
 
Grab opportunity to attain top quality education through ESL Language Schools
Published by Esl-schools on June 19th 2012 | Education
Students of ESL Language Schools have so many options to select courses. These options include: stan...
 
Study in UK is possible through the various distance learning courses
Published by Rogar Mur on December 13th 2011 | Education
Distance learning courses have bridged the gap between countries that are geographically far from on...
 
How to make your education work for you?
Published by Jeff Thomson on January 24th 2012 | Education
Almost everyone living in this world is aware of the importance of education. It is education only t...
 
Quality assurance course outline Chicago ensures that you get the best education
Published by RAMKY on July 31st 2012 | Education
You may be wondering if quality assurance training in Chicago will really help you in your career. B...
 
Get top quality education at ESL Language schools
Published by Esl-languages on August 8th 2012 | Education
A language is undeniably a reflection of civilization. There is no dearth of educational institutes ...
 
Important instruments of education: the school playground
Published by Mary Porter on June 23rd 2012 | Education
With essential elements of education in the classroom always being mooted it is easy to neglect to r...
 
Select the right online university for distance learning courses
Published by Steve on January 11th 2012 | Education
If you are planning to go for distance learning education programs, you must make sure that you are ...
 
Industrial training the spinal code of technical education
Published by Ashutosh Kaushik on July 3rd 2012 | Education

Every year lakh's of engineering students invests crore's of rupees for their education in India...
 
Student can rely at Homework Help for their education
Published by John Botha on December 14th 2011 | Education
Sometimes both parents are on work. One person should always be present whenever child needs in any ...
 
The future of Online education in India
Published by on January 21st 2012 | Education
In the remote northern Indian state of Jharkhand, Bharti has enrolled for an online MBA course condu...
 
How distance learning helps us find a career in abroad
Published by Rogar Mur on December 21st 2011 | Education
Distance Learning programs offer specialized degree in different commercial spheres. They offer oppo...
 
Opting for online education in UK universities is a good option
Published by Roger Pointing on January 19th 2012 | Education
So if you want to study in UK you need to think about many things like food, accommodations, daily e...
 
Opt for the best school in Chennai to ensure high quality education for your child
Published by Jon Dudley on August 17th 2012 | Education
Finding the right school for your kid can be really a tough task. After all this is one decision on ...
 
Psychology courses can also be pursued through distance learning
Published by Roger Pointing on January 19th 2012 | Education
New fields of studies will always allow the professionals to have an upper hand over the situations....
 
A quick guide on online MBA via the distance learning courses
Published by Roger Pointing on December 15th 2011 | Education
The online MBA is a coveted degree and is admired by most students all over the world....
 
How can you improve your career with the distance learning courses?
Published by Rogar Mur on December 29th 2011 | Education
The new way of teaching the world is through the distance learning courses. But is it true that the ...
 
Pursuing distance education is terribly fruitful for your career
Published by Nikkita Singh on July 17th 2012 | Education
Distance learning course will assist you in evolving your learning though you're already having a fu...
 
The working professional education system.
Published by Anil on December 27th 2011 | Education
They now stand a better

chance of being considered for higher-level positions and the self...