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Scope of distance education
- Empowerment of women through distance education in Pakistan

Distance Education serves the persons living in the isolated areas with inadequate facilities of formal education system as presented by Rai, N.A (2000) “Distance education has taken systematic teaching -learning process to persons living in isolated areas where facilities for the traditional form of class room teaching can not be developed. Further, as distance learning addresses the needs of specific target groups, there is a great variation in the range of programmes offered.” Distance education also serves the dropouts, older students and disadvantaged groups. Distance system also serves the persons involve in the community commitments  as indicated by S.Manjulika and Reddy V.V (2000) “The open Universities have also increased access for other disadvantaged groups including older students, who may be geographically isolated or excluded from regular classes because of shift patterns, seasonal or other kind of work and family and community commitments.” Distance system of education utilizes printed material and non-print media support as reflected by Rao,K.V ( 2003) “Distance education is the form of indirect instruction. It is imparted by technical media such as correspondence, printed material, teaching and learning aids, audiovisual aids, radio, television and computers.” Distance education provides the desired education as highlighted by Ramaiah.R.Y (2001) as:

Distance education provides at least necessary technical and organizational preconditions for a universal admission to continued higher education. An analysis of statistics about distance education reveals that millions of distant students indeed profit from this industrialized way of education. Often enough it offers them the only way towards the desired education as all other ways are barred by lack of funds or by other circumstances.

By the economic pressure governments are looking for an alternative to provide basic education and training to the illiterate masses, resented by S.Manjulika and Reddy V.V (1999) as:

Foremost among the trends noticeable at the end of the twentieth century the rapid increase of multi-mode and open learning educational institutions. Driven by problems of access and economic, governments are seeking alternatives forms of delivery to fulfill the demand for basic education, continuing education and training.

Almost all types of the education are projected through distance education and distance education has become the host of education and training viewed by Panda,S (2005) “ Today, a host of educational and training forms and processes are presented under the banner term ‘distance education’. It is practiced through single-mode distance teaching institutions, distance learning/educational development/flexible learning”. Hence the distance education serves as:

Ø  More cost effective mode of education

Ø  Compensate the deficiency in the number of qualified teachers

Ø  Provide flexible programmes

Ø  Serves the remote areas

Ø  Educated the large masses

Ø  Provide alternative system of education

Ø  Provide high quality educational services on an up to date basis

Ø  Provide educational facilities on equal basis

Ø  Provide educational facilities to the students who can not take advantage of conventional system of education

Ø  Up dation and up gradation of employed persons

Ø  Educational facilities to the people who can not leave their homes

Ø  Further training for teachers

Ø  Use of modern technology


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