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March 25, 2009

Mumbai University renames IDE as IDOL

Mumbai: Institute of Distance Education (IDE) of Mumbai University was renamed as Institute of Distance and Open learning (IDOL) on Wednesday.

37 correspondence courses are offered by IDOL that caters to over 60,000 students of the university.

"IDOL will continue to offer existing courses. However, in line with the new ideology of open learning, new courses will be introduced," said Vice-Chancellor, Vijay Khole.

"IDOL will soon introduce Bachelors Preparatory Programme and facilities like an internet-based Learner Management System and Edu Sat to achieve objectives of distance education," further said Khole.

"Students can also expect better studio facility and declaration of results online in due course," added Khole.

He unveiled the Institutes plan to go in for accreditation as per the new policy of the Distance Education Council (DEC). "To establish parity of distance education with the conventional system, quality assessment of the institute's course material and student services is necessary," he said.

V. N Rajasekharan Pillai, vice chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and Chairman of DEC was also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Pillai said, "Unlike correspondence learning, open learning offers technology enable face to face interface to the student through mobile phones, internet, satellite etc. IDOL must incorporate the use of these."

He also suggested IDOL take the lead and provide classrooms under the conventional system with digital and virtual content.

Both vice chancellors called for greater synergies between various institutes of distance education.

IDOL caters to adult learners, students with part-time jobs and those enable to gain admission into the conventional system. It offers bachelors and masters programmes in the field of arts, science and commerce. source:

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