Soon, exam reward for distance learning SC/ST students

Worried at the low pass percentage among Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students pursuing higher education through open and distance learning (ODL) mode, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is proposing changes to tackle the problem, including rolling out a new scheme. One of the changes proposed relates to the tuition fee. Students belonging to the SC and ST communities currently get a 50% waiver in the tuition fee at the time of admission in ODL programmes offered by government institutions. The remaining 50% paid by them is returned…

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Distance education mess

Recently Professor NR Madhava Menon, the founding Vice Chancellor (VC) of my alma mater, the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata and one of the founders of the national law university (NLU) project, passed away. Few remember that Professor Menon was also the author of modern regulations governing open and distance learning (ODL) in India. Tragically, this legacy is being tarnished at NUJS, which has been a persistent violator of ODL regulations of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and University Grants Commission (UGC) since 2008. The regulatory…

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Online Distance education Market Is Thriving Worldwide by 2025 | Educomp Solutions, NIIT, IGNOU, BYJU’s, Next Education, Meritnation

Online Distance education or long-distance learning is the internet and online education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally, this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via post. Today it involves online education. Courses that are conducted (51 percent or more] are either hybrid, blended or 100% distance learning. The Online Distance education market is expected to grow worth of USD +20 Billion and at a CAGR of +20% over the forecast period 2019-2025. This report studies the Online Distance…

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University Grants Commission bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture.(Thinkstock) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. “The Union agriculture ministry had referred the matter to the commission, requesting it to consider prohibiting universities from offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) degree programmes in agriculture,” a senior commission…

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Nalanda Open University releases BEd distance admit card: How to download

Nalanda Open University admit card released! The Nalanda Open University, Bihar has released the admit card for the Common Entrance Test (CET-B Ed 2019) on the official websites, nalandaopenuniversity.com or cetbeddistance.com. The candidates can download the admit card directly through the official website by using their application form number and mobile number. Steps to download Bihar BEd distance program admit card: Step 1: Visit the official website nalandaopenuniversity.com, cetbeddistance.com Step 2: Click on ‘download admit card’ link Step 3: Enter application form number and mobile number Step 4: Admit card will appear on the…

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SNDT university opens distance learning programmes for transgenders

While applying for a Masters of Commerce course at the University of Mumbai in 2008-09, Sonalee Chaukekar, a programme manager at Kinnar Maa Ek Samajik Sanstha, a group representing the transgender community, marked the gender column in the admission form as female. This year, when she registers for the post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) at SNDT Women’s University’s distance learning programme, she will have the option of ticking the ‘others’ box. Chandrakant Puri, director, Centre for Distance Education, SNDT Women’s University, said only transwomen (male to female) will…

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Finally, varsities are addressing some of the hurdles to distance education

Being a distance education student in India, particularly with a government-run university, is not as easy as it should be. Communication is sporadic; multiple campus visits are required; admission dates, exam schedules and results can be shrouded in mystery, confusion and delays. In the absence of something as simple as a WhatsApp group, students are forced to depend on informal networks of their own. “We talk to each other on the phone regularly and compare notes on things like study material, results and admissions dates,” says Nilesh Samant, 23, a…

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IGNOU To Be Exempt From UGC’s Distance Learning Norms: Commission Requests HRD Ministry To Issue Directions

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has agreed to relax its distant learning regulations for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), which offers open and distance learning programmes in various streams, reports Deccan Herald. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has reportedly been requested to issue a directive to keep the open-university outside the ambit of UGC (open and distance learning) Regulations, 2017 as a special case. Taking note of the contributions made by IGNOU “in various areas of national importance and relevance” by providing “quality” distance education with an outreach across the…

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