Universities are the laboratories of educational and intellectual innovations. University Education aims at producing intellectuals and experts who will be able to direct and guide the destinies and revive our culture and heritage. It aims at individuals emancipation while showing respect to the value of goodness, efficiency and excellence tempered with vigorous pursuit of truth and strengthening the capacities of human beings. I visualize University of Kashmir as a great school of human dynamics, a dwelling place of ideas and expect high standard of conduct and integrity from all its members.

Distance Education is an important organ of the University of Kashmir. Distance Education is a viable mode of Education, it has the potential to provide need-based quality education in the diverse range of subjects on cost-effective basis. The advent of Information and Communication Technology has made the delivery mechanism of Distance Education prompt and accessible.We are committed to the creation of a system that would provide the right kind of an atmosphere where new ideas would flourish so that an inquisitive distant learner find the right ambience to have a mind that is opened by wonder rather than one that is closed by belief. The factor which put the Directorate of Distance Education on a growth trajectory is its focus on academic excellence and innovation by executing multitude of meaningful academic activities in its programmes.

We have used our Distance Education System to reach students in geographically challenging areas like Karnah, Tangdar, Gurez, Leh, Kargil by envisaging a strong network of fully equipped study-cum-information centre at these places. The Directorate is equipped with dedicated and hardworking coordinators at Headquarters who are committed of providing excellent student-support-services. The Directorate is conducting Research oriented Seminars/ Workshops at regular intervals for the capacity building of faculty in ODL system. On experimental basis E-tutorials (supplementary reading material) have been uploaded on official website of Directorate. As per UGC-DEB Guidelines, the Directorate has established Centre for Internal Quality Assurance Cell (CIQA) with the objective to make work-flow management-system of Directorate prompt and work out a methodology on the basis of which we can accommodate maximum number of students without sacrificing the essence of quality. There is a grievance-readdressel-cell in the Directorate and feedback through offline and online media from various stakeholders is highly appreciated.

I will extend my wholehearted support and cooperation to the students so that they realize the noble objective of furtherance of knowledge.

Dr.Nahid Ruhee