Bringing Higher Education from Far to Near in India: The Role of Distance Education
- Country : India
- Subject : Sociology
Twenty first century is driven by a knowledge economy. Skill, training and information are the foundations of a knowledge economy. Education is a means to attain these foundational components. Education, particularly higher education plays a pivotal role in shaping country’s human resource. But at the beginning of the century, higher education in India was limited to a few, had a strong gender and class orientation and was elitist in character. To break these trends and to have an inclusive approach in higher education, distant mode of education was promoted in the country. But till date, distance education has its limitations with conventional curriculums, limited contact class facilities, lack of adaptation of hyper technology and lack of post monitoring. All these defeat the purpose of the system. The present paper makes an attempt to locate the evolutional and growth track of distance mode of education in the country and to point out the shortcomings that can be met with to make higher education reach near every door step and every individual to cut across its gender, caste, class and elitist orientation and ensure equity, justice, human rights and inclusiveness.