Open and Distance Learning, the world over has gained impetus in the last decade and a half, due to the advent of technology, particularly in the Asian context. India with its vast geographical spread and teaming millions, majority of who are in the age group of 20-35 years, has a great need for educating the youth and converting them into human capital to suit the needs of the entire world. The need to reach out to this diverse group of people living in far flung remote villages of this great nation is met through open and distance learning.

This is particularly so, since a developing country such as India, would not be able to fund the educational needs of the country through conventional system of education. The cost of education through the ODL mode is 1/5th of the cost of education through the conventional system. Hence, if India has to reap its demographic dividend and contribute effectively to the needs of human capital of the international community, ODL is perhaps the obvious solution in its context. Unleashing the potential of ODL in developing countries: “Reaching the unreached” is the prime context of the conference.

The conference will provide an opportunity for instructors and faculty members, instructional designers, student advisors and researchers to share best practices, strategic considerations, models of practice, and challenges through their experiences in practice and research. The conference will also focus on the interaction between different practices in Open and Distance Learning which ultimately decides the relevance of unleashing the potential of ODL: “Reaching the unreached”.


Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Symbiosis Bhavan, 1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road, Model Colony, Pune - 411016, Maharashtra, India.
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