Unleashing the potential of ODL - “Reaching the unreached”
will be held at the Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune on March 10-11, 2017

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Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning will host the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) International Conference in Pune, India on 10th and 11th March, 2017 on the theme of Unleashing the potential of ODL - “Reaching the unreached”.

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) is located in the city of Pune, nestled in the Sahyadri Hills. Pune is considered the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is fondly called ‘Oxford of the East’ as it is known for its educational facilities. The city attracts migrants, students, and professionals from India, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Pune is also one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

SCDL has always taken a leadership position at National and International level in the space of Open and Distance Learning and has been providing quality education to over 100,000 students from all States of India and over 42 countries.

The strides that India has made in the education sector, is an experience in itself, to be shared with other nations, given its vast geographical spread and teaming millions, majority of who are in the age group of 20-35 years. The diverse nature of its population in terms of religion, language and socio-economic backgrounds poses a challenge in dissemination and delivery of education to this varied group. India has effectively used technology to reach out to its large student base and can therefore offer learning experience to other ODL providers, especially in developing countries.

The aim of the conference shall be to provide a platform for communication between researchers, teachers and practitioners in Open and Distance Learning. The ultimate aim being to provide impetus and common basis for the future of research and action points for enhancement of reach of Open and Distance Learning.

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presidents Padma Bhushan
Dr. S. B. Mujumdar
Founder and President,Symbiosis
directors Dr. Swati. S. Mujumdar Principal Director, Symbiosis Open Education Society
Director, SCDL
Portrait of Mandla S. Makhanya Mandla S. Makhanya ICDE President
Portrait of Gard Titlestad Gard Titlestad Secretary General of ICDE
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Symbiosis Bhavan, 1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road, Model Colony, Pune - 411016, Maharashtra, India.
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