The Distance Education System has come into say as an accepted form of education and has been gaining wide-spread popularity in recent years. This is evident from the fact that Distance Education has made it possible for those in inaccessible areas; the drop-outs, who want re-entry into education and the economically weaker sections to avail of educational opportunities. It can be a particular boon for women, since parents are unwilling to send them beyond their immediate environment for education after the completion of School Education.
The Directorate of Distance Education established in 1979, and now offers more than two hundred different programes of study under the Regular Stream. It is credited with the largest enrollment in India and is well equipped with computer and other infrastructure, adequate teaching faculty and administrative set-up of its own, study centres, computer training centres, etc., to serve its students’ clientele in their best interest at their door steps. It has also the unique distinction of offering first in India, Postgraduate Degree Programes in Applied Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bioinformatics and Law through Distance Education mode. The Directorate of Distance Education is also offering the Programes on Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Hotel Management and Catering Technology Programes, Retail Management, Twinning Programe, Programes on Health Science, Yoga, Music, Fire and Safety.
All the programes of study offered by the Directorate of Distance Education have the approval of the Distance Education Council, New Delhi. The Directorate is introducing B.Ed. Programe through distance education mode from the year 2008-09 with the approval of National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi.
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