Warangal Urban: There is a need to make study material available in local language for students of distance learning courses to achieve the desired results, said Ravindra R Kanhere, Vice-Chancellor, Bhoj Open University, Bhopal.
He was speaking at the two-day international conference on ‘Improved access to distance education/ higher education and focus on underserved communities and uncovered regions,’ which concluded at Kakatiya University on Sunday. He said that there was an urgent need to translate course material. He also stressed effective use of technology in educational system.
“Almost 75 per cent of universities have staff crunch and are running with 50 per cent of sanctioned strength,” said Professor Ravindra and stressed on the need to fill vacant positions.
Kakatiya University (KU) Registrar K Purshotham, explaining the changes in the education system, said teaching was done orally in the past. “But with the invention of printing press, written form has become an integral part. We have moved from teacher centric to student centric mode,” he added.
Convener of the seminar, Ch Dinesh Kumar, who is also the director, SDLCE, emphasised on skill oriented education, use of ICT in disseminating knowledge and women education.
Dr JS Doorthy, regional director, Kochi, IGNOU, gave valedictory speech and N Linga Murthy, former Vice-Chancellor, KU, presented the memorial lecture.
K Murali Manhoar, president, Indian Distance Education, urged the State and Ccentral governments to not to see distance education centres as self-financing institutions. Listing out the challenges before distance education viz., re-engineering of course material, course structure, use of ICT, social media and others, Manohar emphasised the practices adopted in other countries with respect to distance education and also stressed on policy formulation.
Joint director T Srinivas Rao, Professor Ramachandran, Professor Gopu Sudhakar, Professor Vijayachandra, Sangani Malleshwar, Kotte Bhaskar, Jagan and others attended the programme.