Enable the access to distance education on a much larger scaleOne really wonders why the Distance Education facilities are still not available at all in so many State Universities. For example, while the State of University education itself, that is, full time, is in a shambles in the Hindi belt, particularly in UP and Bihar, there is not a single University where Distance education is offered.
In AP and in Kerala and even Karnataka, there are some Universities that offer Distance Education. In Tamil Nadu, the facilities are simply fabulous and almost every single State University has the facility. However, in West Bengal there are no Universities that offer Distance Education. The Annamalai University at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, has the maximum number of students from this State.
The Government of India and the UGC should encourage more distance education facilities at their own places. Or, the weekend mode of part-time distance education can also be tried, as is now being done with the Pondicherry University distance education facility being active at Loyola College, Chennai and a few other colleges where it has a tie-up.
We need a lot more action on the distance education front, as it opens up a viable alternative to the regular studies, for those who are already employed and who want to acquire higher qualifications.