Knowledge is the most powerful weapon anyone can ever have. It forms a vital constituent in the growth and development of any society. To disseminate the knowledge, we strive to settle for nothing less than the best. In the traditional approach, the learner has to be on-campus, to register as a full-time student and to attend face-to-face lectures and seminars. With the rapid advancements in the system of education and due to the changing innovations in the ICT and education, distance education as a philosophy takes education to its learners who are separated by time and space. It is a mode that has a high potential for transcending barriers that are caused by distance, time, and age; thus facilitating lifelong learning. Through distance education, the learner enjoys a high degree of autonomy in deciding what, when and how to learn.
Distance education has proved to be a blessing for aspirants seeking to upgrade their educational qualification for achieving higher education, skill development, and career enhancement or just for the sake of improvement and updation of knowledge. Distance learning has provided an excellent platform to students for learning at their own convenience and at their own pace. In this rapidly changing system of learning, if you are working and need a good degree as well as specialized knowledge to enhance your career, then distance education is surely at your back. Motivated by the objective to make available opportunities of higher education to the door steps of those learners who cannot avail higher education because of various reasons, the University of Kashmir established the Directorate of Distance Education in the year 1976. The directorate is a magnificent artifact in terms of its state of the art infrastructure, well trained and dedicated faculty, pedagogy and immense learning exposure. The directorate aspires to attain the status of an internationally reputed institution of excellence in teaching, research and extension. The Directorate is a prestigious outreach Department, which caters to the academic needs of thousands of aspirants across the state of Jammu and Kashmir every year. It promises to reach the unreached for offering them the chance to have an access to higher education in the domain of their choice. At present the directorate offers 18 courses, out of these we have six P.G. Courses, two professional courses, two law courses, seven diploma courses and a certificate course. The directorate has a strong network of study-cum-information centers across the state for providing excellent student support-services to its learners. With the establishment of these Centers, the Directorate has taken another giant leap forward step to achieve its objective to spread distance learning programmes. The Directorate imparts teaching to the distance learners through printed course material written on SLM format. Course material is supported by personal contact programmes, library services and guidance etc. The Directorate has fully exploited the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) and has taken various e-governance initiatives in its work flow management system.
To improve and maintain the quality of education in ODL system, we regularly organize extension lectures, orientation programmes and meetings with our coordinators and counselors and other related personalities in the field of education. To improve and maintain the quality of education in ODL system, the Directorate is continuously striving hard for the information dissemination and providing the quality support services to all its learners under the able guidance, support, encouragement, directions and leadership of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi.
My message to all of you is that without wasting time, put your entire effort only in concentrating on your studies to face the challenges of the competitive world. I invite you to explore the opportunities that our different programs provide in your professional career and personal growth. I am confident that you will find this journey with us very rewarding, both as a student and a professional.
Prof. Neelofar Khan