Distance Education

Advantages of distance education which will improve the Gross Enrollment Ratio in Higher Education:
  • Admission is flexible. We do not discriminate on the basis of the marks scored by a student in his last examination.
  • Open Universities do not restrict a student from taking admission on the basis of his/her age.
  • One can choose his/her timing. You can continue your job and study at the same time. It provides flexibility with regard to the number of years in which you can complete the course that you have opted for. For example, in IGNOU you are free to complete a three-year course in 5 to 6 years.
  • It is economically viable though the standard of education provided by open universities is as good as that provided by conventional universities.
  • Distance education is an alternative to those who live in a geographically challenged area. There are people in India or in many other countries who live in areas from where the university or a college is quite far.
  • Professions are getting extremely competitive, so you have to upgrade your skills continuously, but you can't leave your job and do the same. Distance education gives you the option of doing both the things at the same time.
But it is very clear that distance education is not an alternative but an addition. It does not mean that conventional education is rejected. Students are free to join conventional colleges/institutes.