Can’t go the distance on education if online choked

If the government is serious about increasing the capacity of India’s education system to meet the country’s needs, it simply has to free up education-delivery At a value of $5.5 bn, homegrown ed-tech firm Byju’s is probably among the most valuable in this space globally, and is a symbol of how quickly Indians are taking to online coaching; the fact that global universities have enrolled around one million Indians annually, using platforms like Coursera or EdX, symbolises the same trend. That, of course, is hardly surprising given the changing nature…

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Warangal: School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education students take part in Haritha Haram drive

Warangal: The School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE), Kakatiya University (KU), campus was abuzz with a large number of students on Monday. The students enthusiastically took part in the Haritha Haram programme, a flagship programme of the State government to increase the forest cover in the State to 33 per cent. Leading them was SDLCE Director Prof Guguloth Veeranna. The onus is on everyone to conserve the environment, Prof Veeranna said. He emphasised on citizen science and said that citizen science is a powerful tool for environmental management.…

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Warangal: School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education students take part in Haritha Haram drive

Warangal: The School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE), Kakatiya University (KU), campus was abuzz with a large number of students on Monday. The students enthusiastically took part in the Haritha Haram programme, a flagship programme of the State government to increase the forest cover in the State to 33 per cent. Leading them was SDLCE Director Prof Guguloth Veeranna. The onus is on everyone to conserve the environment, Prof Veeranna said. He emphasised on citizen science and said that citizen science is a powerful tool for environmental management.…

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Distance education admission deadline may be extended

Mumbai: Students aspiring to pursue further studies or seeking admission to the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), Mumbai University (MU), may have additional time to do so, as the institute is likely to extend the deadline beyond September 20, sources said. The initial deadline was August 31 but the admission process is expected to continue. A senior IDOL official told The Free Press Journal, “We may extend the deadline further as there are a large number of students seeking admission.” The fast and furious monsoon is largely to…

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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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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jobs, education top priority for first-time voters

Priyanka Singh, another 18-year-old voter, said she didn’t know – or care – much about the past performance of political parties.(HT Photo) Excited about finally being able to cast her franchise, and in turn, be part of the process of choosing the country’s next Prime Minister, 19-year-old Meghna said she voted in favour of development and better employment opportunities in the future. Not being able to contain her enthusiasm, she said she landed up at her polling booth, a government school in Sohna, at 7am. “I wanted to be the…

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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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Why the world is due a revolution in economics education

Economic thinking governs much of our world. But the discipline’s teaching is stuck in the past. Centred around antiquated 19th-century models built on Newtonian physics, economics treats humans as atomic particles, rather than as social beings. While academic research often manages to transcend this simplicity, undergraduate education does not – and the influence of these simplified ideas is carried by graduates as they go on to work in politics, media, business and the civil service. Economists such as myself tend to speak in tightly coded jargon and mathematical models. We speak of “economic…

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