V S Acharya Honorable Minister for Higher Education has ruled out the option of offering technical courses in distance mode. The minister has said AICTE will not permit Colleges & Universities to offer professional technical courses as distance mode keeping in view of the students future.
A right decision because distance mode courses will not have value as courses like engineering can’t be taught with out classroom lectures, the future of the students will be at stake because these courses will not fetch jobs.
Distance education or distance learning is a field of education that focuses on teaching methods and technology with the aim of delivering teaching, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional educational setting such as a classroom. It has been described as “a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both”.
Class room lectures and regular assignments will benefit students as they have an option of consulting a lecturer or tutor for clarifications. Peers will also add value to a course, learning happens primarily through peer interaction and class room discussions, the same can’t be guaranteed through distance mode.
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