“The objective should be knowledge-oriented”

There is the need for enhancing the standard of education offered through distance mode, said P. Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor, Alagappa University.

Inaugurating a two-day national conference on “Expansion of Distance Education – Experiences and Expectations,” organised by the Directorate of Distance Education of Alagappa University at Karaikudi on Thursday, he said the integration of quality study materials, qualified teachers and quality administration, would definitely expand the effective functioning of distance education and help to fulfil the expectations of the student community. Education through distance mode should be on par with western countries so as to equate and standardise the distance education with conventional education.

Mr. Ramasamy added that many students could not afford to join conventional education due to financial difficulties. Courses offered through distance education mode were the remedy for them to pursue high education. It was the responsibility of the universities to fulfil the higher educational needs and expectations of such students.

Appreciating the services rendered by the Alagappa University in distance education, he said that it stood first in introducing MBA programme through e-learning in the country.

It had also introduced a large number of job-oriented MBA programmes and stood first in terms of total enrolment of students to the MBA stream. It was the responsibility of the university to fulfil the expectations of distance education students, general public, Distance Education Council and University Grants Commission while offering academic programmes through distance education mode.

K. Ayyakannu, former Director of Distance Education, Annamalai University, said that the universities could expand the scope of distance education only through fulfiling higher educational needs and expectations of students. Distance Education was a boon to the students those who could not afford to join conventional education.

The objective of distance education programmes should not be examination-oriented but it needs to be knowledge-oriented. The Directorate of Distance Education should give priority in redressal of grievances of the students.

A. Shenbagavalli, V. Manickavasagam, S. Sudalaimuthu, Syndicate Member, V. Balachandran, Director, Directorate of Distance Education, Muththumohan, Director, Distance Education, Madurai Kamaraj University spoke.