Parameters that can Increase Distance Learning Education for Greater GER It geared up to achieve a 30%GERfrom the present 15%GERof students in the higher education segment. Distance Education in India has grown in shape and size, and at present accounts for 22%of the total GERof students in the higher education segment. What are all the parameters that can improve the distance learning methodology in India? The vernacular medium for education: Primary education in the semi-urban and rural areas is delivered in the vernacular medium. The numbers of students willing to pursue higher education but step back becauseof the language barrier account for large numbers. Distance Learning courses, if delivered in the vernacular medium, yield the double-advantage: firstly, it can attract more students to continue education and secondly, the easeand comfort of learning in oneâ€™s mother tongue gives a better understanding of the subject and thereby delivers better results. Quality with affordability: Quality stands top for all students. And, when distance education comes on par with the regular stream of learning with timely delivery, excellent interface with its students, up-to-date course materials, more number of students will resort to take to distance learning as their main stream. Relaxations in eligibility- entry, exit, re-entry: Compared to regular stream of learning, which imposesthe 10+2+3,norm, the eligibility criteria for any distance learning course is less stringent. Further relaxations can be brought in for students, who have the merit to pursue higher education but do not satisfy certain criteria, especially those who had to discontinue studies and are keen on studying further. Education loans and Scholarship schemes: Distance education universities can initiate student loan schemeson subsidised interest rates. This way, the deserving students from the economically weaker sections can continue their education without hassles. Scholarship schemescan work in tandem with loans to make the pursuit of higher education simple and flexible.
Distance education holds the promise of reaching quality education with affordability to students across the country. Distance learning universities such as SMU-DEexpands the premise and principle of distance education. The university, with its vast student base, aims at the next level of improvisation, to reach far and wide and deliver quality and employability.