Importance of Distance Education in Indian Higher Education System (DOC) by Rahima02x


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									The Indian education industry is one of the largest in the country with a
market-size of 450 million students, projecting revenue of $50 million,
annually. The Indian education sector is projected to grow by 15% during
the period 2011- 2021. And, distance education universities as the
education provider for the masses is all set to tap the potential of
student market.

Considering that the major populace of India is young and the rise in
distance education degrees, there is a huge potential for growth which is
inviting foreign investors in this sector. The partnerships of distance
education universities with foreign universities will chiefly target the
higher education segment, to offer advanced programs, special skills
training and sorts. Additionally, the focus is on evolving through
innovative teaching methods to improve the quality of distance education
universities and online education.

There has been a series of progressive developments to promote foreign
investments in the sector and the passing of the Foreign Education Bill
in 2010 has bolstered the initiatives in this direction. At present,
there is a long line of tie-ups with foreign universities. To name a few,
there is the MoU between Australia's Deakin University with St. Xavier's
and KC College; the age-old collaboration between Rhode-island based
Brown University and St. Stephen's College in Delhi and many more. The
Foreign education bill is a welcome move for foreign universities who are
eager to provide education in India, which in turn will give Indian
students the option of pursuing world-class programs, inland rather than
going abroad for the same. Columbia University proposes to set up a
center in New Delhi for its faculty and students to take up research in
India. Similarly, Harvard business school is focused on setting up campus
in India to conduct its executive education programs. Other universities
keen on an Indian-base are the Yale University, Massachusetts institute
of technology and the University of Boston.

In a globalized economy, projecting a dynamic industrial scenario,
opening up the windows for foreign collaborations will help the Indian
education system and therefore the distance education universities to
achieve global standards in quality and spell affordability for executive
programs. Leading the current series of key global partnerships, UGC and
DEC recognized Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education has signed a
MoU with Scotland-based Edinburgh Napier University. The partnership will
help distance MBA students from SMUDE to pursue an MBA from the Scottish
university at a price equal to only one semester fee. This apart, the
university has taken forward many initiatives through its technology
platform to ensure all-round learning for its students. Going beyond
academics, the university has integrated other forms of training in its
wide spectrum of PG, UG and diploma courses. Additionally, SMUDE has
leveraged on technology in the best way to make its students job-ready in
the global arena.

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