Distance Education is an established and recognized mode of education which is in consonance with
changing socio-economic needs and emerging demands of the knowledge era. Keeping up with the
spirit of Open University system and in the view of long-standing demand of heterogeneous groups of
student’s community, the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) of Maharshi Dayanand University,
Rohtak (MDU), has started a wide spectrum of courses. Over the years, DDE has expanded
tremendously in terms of programmes, enrolment and study centers. The Directorate is housed in a
specious building, which is properly ventilated and easily approachable. At present 21 programmes are
being offered by DDE, out of which 14 are leading to Postgraduate degree, 6 courses for Bachelors
degree, 1 course is P.G. Diploma.
The programmes range from conventional to management and technical as per needs of the area and
employment opportunities available in the country. In order to meet the growing demand of computer
education and the dynamical changing requirement of the corporate world the Directorate with its
experience and expertise in both computer and distance learning launched programmes in
Computer/IT and Management. These programmes are telescopic in nature wherein a
diploma/advanced diploma is awarded after completion of each year of training culminating into a
university degree. Moreover, to provide greater choice and flexibility to the students, provision for
lateral induction in Computer/IT programmes has been adopted.
Presently, the DDE is imparting education to more than 54,000 students through its network of study
centers. At present, DDE has 428 study centres recognized by the University which are spread over 16
States of the country. The reasons for the popularity of its programmes have been mainly on account
of carefully designed curriculum, well planned teaching-learning strategies, effective student support
system and fair examination and evaluation system.
The teaching-learning strategies employed for effective dissemination of knowledge and to mitigate the
feeling of isolation of distance learners include printed study material in SIM form, Sunday and other
holidays classes at University approved study centers, personal contact programme (PCP),
Assignments, Internal Tests, Projects, Field work and well established labs. The excellent technical
libraries include facility of Videocassettes, E-mail, Internet, CD-ROM, and practicals. In addition to
above, face-to-face (F2F) and telephone counselling is provided to distance learners by in-house
faculty of DDE at the headquarter and by the resource persons at respective study centers.
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