What is Distance Learning....
The defining feature of distance learning is
that one does not need to attend the awarding university /
institution or the institution in person. Many professional
institutions are aware of the conflict that people face between
the need to work full time and the need to acquire and keep up
to date a professional degree and qualification.
Distance learning suits people for many different reasons. These
could be family and financial circumstances, attending full time
jobs, undergoing other academic and professional courses, being
in business, industry, advocacy, activism, and other
The academic support given to a distance learning student varies
from programme to programme and from institution to institution.
However, the focus is on self study. In its simplest form,
students receive basic academic guidance through specially
written study materials, assignments and model questions.
The academic support is not the only support required. Without
the support of family, colleagues and friends, studying for a
qualification as an external student would be a great deal
harder. Distance learning demands hard work, dedication and
sacrifice. If there is one quality that successful distance
learning students have in common, it's self discipline.
Although studying through distance learning mode is usually
cheaper than attending a full time course, students must make
sure they choose a programme that offers value for money.
Universities and Institutions offering professional job oriented
qualifications must meet stringent quality standards and should
be the same as those set for internal students.
Students and all those interested in getting admitted to a
distance learning correspondence courses like Ecology and
Environment; Disaster Mitigation; Sustainable Development;
Eco-Tourism; Geo-Informatics and Total Quality Management should
have the grit and determination for undergoing and successfully
completing the entire programme for becoming activists and
knowledgeable person in the areas of Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA), Pollution Monitoring and Control, Natural
Resources Conservation, Environmental Education, Risk Assessment
and Disaster Management, Green Business Management, Global
Warming, Island Development, Green Employment, Quality
Methodology and Systems, Quality Assurance, Inspection Quality
and Sampling Plans, Testing and Calibration Laboratories,
Operations Research, Quality Auditing in Banking and Financial
Services, Hospital and Medical Services, Publication and Graphic
Technology, Documentation and Information, Materials Management.
Securing a certificate / diploma / degree through distance
learning being conducted under different institutions /
universities while continuing with other work may speak volumes
about the ability to learn new skills, to balance workloads and
to strive for excellence.
All those dedicating themselves for these hobby / professional
programmes with full of zeal and enthusiasm are bound to be
successful in designing a Masterplan Paradigm for combating