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Priya Sharma

In: Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality

Chapter Three: Distance Education and Online Technologies in India

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Distance Education and Online Technologies in India
Distance education and online technologies in India
PriyaSharma

India ventured into distance education in the early 1960s with the introduction of correspondence courses to serve rural and underserved communities. The development of distance education systems became a priority during the era of postcolonial development and independence, when basic inequalities of the educational system were highlighted and educational discourse began to revolve around the concepts of popular education, integration of vernacular schooling systems, and equitable access. Initially, distance education began as an attempt to provide broader access to learning at lower costs than a traditional university. The first open and distance education university was established in 1982 and, as of 2001, India had 10 open universities and 62 centers of distance ...

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