Distance education has grown by leaps in India and bounds in the past couple of decades, especially with the advent of technology and the internet. This has led to a soar in demand for distance education, especially among non-traditional learners. Universities, Colleges, and educational institutions from across the globe and in India are responding to the higher demand for distance learning education degrees and certifications by introducing a range of distance learning courses starting from short-term upskilling courses to a degree, certificate, and diploma courses to distance learning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees across multiple disciplines. There are several modes in which distance learning takes place starting from printed correspondence to online self-paced to blended mode learning.
Accessible Higher Education
While traditional modes of education, especially DEB-approved higher education, are still a distant dream for many students, distance learning has reduced this gap and made education more accessible to everyone through the removal of traditional physical classrooms and regular assigned attendance, it has greater flexibility.
Great Opportunities for a Promising Future
Upskilling: Working professionals who wish to accelerate their next level of careers find distance education to be a good avenue to upskill themselves. There is a wide array of specialized UG & PG courses of varying lengths available in the distance and online modes for them to choose from. They can also continue their higher education and obtain their master’s degree or an additional degree.
Better job opportunities: It is true that the number of job opportunities available to freshers with a regular degree is higher but those with distance learning bachelor’s degrees find a good number of job opportunities despite possible disparities in pay scale.
Better ROI: Though the higher pay scales for those with regular, online, and distance degrees may differ vastly, the return on investment (ROI) for those with distance education is considered very good with similar higher pay scales.
In conclusion, distance education is offering great opportunities for a promising future for all students.