NEW DELHI: The open and distance learning system in the country needs to be reformed to deal with quality issues and bring it at par with the learning from full-time or regular courses, IGNOU Vice Chancellor Nageshwar Rao has said.
"Conventional education alone cannot meet the needs and aspirations of higher education. Distance education system is emerging as an important means to cater to the increasing demand of the education system but there are issues of quality in the open learning which calls for reforming the ODL system," Rao said.
The varsity is presently in the process of preparing a draft on "Promoting Open and Distance Learning and Online Courses" for the New Education Policy (NEP) which is being formed by the government appointed experts.
"Government has entrusted IGNOU with huge responsibility of formulating the theme on 'Promoting Open and Distance Learning and Online Courses' for the New Education Policy (NEP) which is under formulation," he said.
"The Madhav Menon Committee formed by the HRD ministry has also suggested several changes in the implementation of ODL within the country," he added.