Kashmir University DDE has four decades of excellence

Kashmir University DDE – The University of Kashmir had set up the Directorate of Distance Education way back in 1976 with the aim of imparting education in a slew of discipline through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The DDE offers a gamut of academic courses and programs and further undertakes a wide range of activities. Housed in a multi-storied building the DDE boasts of having a well-equipped library, in addition to the excellent student support services, an audio-visual laboratory, conference hall, well-furnished classrooms and also a computer laboratory with latest information and communication technology (IICT).

Courses Offered

The University of Kashmir’s DDE is offering MA/MSc Mathematics (PG Mathematics) course with the duration of two academic years comprising four semesters. The intake capacity is 200 seats. The DDE offers MA Urdu (PG Urdu) two academic years consisting of four semesters with intake capacity of 700 seats; MA English (PG English) two years four semesters 200; MA Economics (PG Economics) two years, four semesters with 200 seats; MCom (Masters in Commerce) two academic years four semesters with 200 seats; PGDCA (Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications) one year two semesters with 100 seats; PGDWB (PG Diploma in Web Designing) one year with 100 seats; PGDTM (PG Diploma in Tourism Management) one year two segments with 200 seats; PGDCL (PG Diploma in Cyber Law) one year two semesters with 100 seats; PGDBE (PG Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship) one year two semesters with 100 intake; PGDHS (PG Diploma in Home Science) one year two semesters with 100 seats capacity; B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) two years with 3600 seats; DPPIT (Diploma in Pre-Primary Teachers Training) one year with 300 seats and CCK (Certificate Course in Kashmiri) six month with the intake of 30 seats.

In his message, the Director, Prof Mohi-ud-Din Sangmi writes, “With the fast changes taking place in the contemporary world, the challenges for higher educational institutions in the country are getting compounded. The institutions have to come up to the changing expectations of their stakeholders-students, teachers, employers, and society. In such a scenario, knowledge creation and its transfer require a new vision, a new direction and a new mindset coupled with a new administrative structure.”

Largest Youth Population

India, being a country with the highest young population needs to take advantage of this situation and develop adequate human resources not only for itself but also for the other economies of the world. As a sequel to this, a target of 30% Gross Enrolment Ratio was fixed to be achieved by the end of the 12th five-year plan and the thrust areas to be covered were identified as expansion, inclusiveness, quality, relevance and value-based education. But the time has come when India has to go beyond this as the world is expecting it to assume a more significant role as a fast-growing economy.

This merits a fresh look into the whole higher education system of the country which demands a complete overhaul in tune with the changed expectations of its stakeholders. In such an emerging milieu, the formal system of higher education seems deficient to fulfil this dream, and it is here the Distance, and Open learning institutions have to come forward and assume a more prominent role to contribute to this cause, Prof Sangmi writes.

 

DL Most Sought After Education

Citing a forecast, that by 2030, every education or training program leading to a particular academic qualification will be available in three different modes namely part time, full time, and through distance learning, Prof Sangmi writes that among the three methods, Distance Education will be more sought after as this form of education has increased access to learning opportunities to individuals who cannot attend conventional classes on a daily basis as well as to those with financial limitations. Apart from that, distance learning will also serve as an option for people who wish to expand their knowledge base to boost their careers. By and large, it allows learners to learn wherever and whenever they are, as well as helping students balance their education with career, family, and everything else they do in life says Prof Sangmi.

Added Responsibility

In Jammu & Kashmir, distance education institutions have an added responsibility, writes, Prof Sangmi and add, “Because of the inaccessibility of various locations owing to hilly terrain and typical geographical divisions of the state, formal educational institutions cannot be built in every location.  Realising this, the Directorate of Distance Education was established by the University of Kashmir way back in 1976 as, “Institute of Corresponding Courses,” which over the years has grown in its size to the extent that at present, it is spread in all the three regions of the state. The Directorate has a wide network of 14 study centres (located at Anantnag,  Baramulla, M.A Road, Srinagar, Charar-i-Sharief, Kupwara, Shopian, Pulwama, Bandipora, Leh, Kargil, Budgam, Ganderbal, Trail, and Handwara) and 60 information centres located in various  affiliated Colleges of the university.”

Humongous Infrastructure

The Directorate has developed a humongous infrastructure located in the main campus (Naseembagh Srinagar), North Campus (Baramulla) and South Campus (Anantnag) besides a Regional Centre at Jammu. Further, to supplement the infrastructure requirements, the facilities at 14 study centres and 60 information centres are made use of to ensure effective teaching-learning for the distance learners. The Directorate has trained human resources (highly qualified faculty and fully trained administrative and supportive staff), a well-equipped library, state of the art computer and audio-visual labs, and fully equipped classrooms.

The pedagogy for learners includes personal interface sessions with academic faculty, the supply of printed study materials, seminars, case studies, e-content and e-tutorials available on the website of the Directorate. The Directorate is entirely making use of modern information and communication technologies and is set to move to MOOCs platform shortly to make its programmes available to those who are not able to take benefit of the presently available methods of teaching-learning. Latest interactive features to the website are likely to be added to meet the specific requirements of the potential learners.

Ambitious Target

In the next few years, the DDE aspires to become a world-class institution craving for excellence incompetencies, skills, abilities and motivation for its students and a sense of satisfaction for its stakeholders. “I wholeheartedly invite and welcome the new aspirants who are interested in seeking admission in any program of the Directorate. I assure them that by registering with us, there is going to be a reasonable value addition in their lives and they will enjoy their learning experience with us,” Prof Sangmi assures.

Candidates can visit the official website to get more details of the fees, placements etc., – http://ddeku.edu.in

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