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Distance Education Council is a Statutory Authority (Vide Clause 16 of IGNOU’s Act approved by the Parliament and Statute 28) Consistent with the duty of the University to take all such steps as it may deem fit for the promotion of the Open University
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About Distance Education Council

Distance Education Council is a Statutory Authority (Vide Clause 16 of IGNOU’s Act approved by the Parliament and Statute 28) Consistent with the duty of the University to take all such steps as it may deem fit for the promotion of the Open University and distance education systems in the educational pattern of the country and for the coordination and determination of standards of teaching, evaluation & research in such systems; and in pursuance of the objects of the University to encourage greater flexibility, diversity, accessibility, mobility and innovation in education at the University level by making full use of the latest scientific knowledge and new educational technology, and to further cooperation between the existing Universities; it is considered necessary and expedient to establish a Distance Education Council as an authority of the University under Section 16 of the Act.

Misson of Distance Education Council To strive for coordinated development of learner-centric open and distance learning (ODL) system and ensure high quality of education, meet challenges of access and equity to reach the unreached, the Distance Education Council (DEC) shall:

Encourage state governments/conventional universities to establish open universities/ distance education institutes and create a network of such institutions.

Provide financial support and grants and academic guidelines to institutions of open and distance education.

Evolve norms, procedures and guidelines in respect of admission, evaluation, and certification.

Assess and accredit institutions of open and distance learning to ensure quality.

Encourage use of technology in education and provide opportunities for sharing technological resources and competencies through inter-university partnerships/consortia.

Facilitate development and sharing of self-instructional (multiple media) materials amongst different open universities/distance education institutions.

Facilitate sharing of student support services created by various State Open Universities (SOUs) and correspondence course Institutes (CCIs).

Promote convergence of conventional, ODL and other systems to facilitate mobility of learners through credit transfer/sharing.

Promote research and innovation in ODL systems.

Facilitate training for indigenous capacity building in ODL systems.

Create databases for SOUs, CCIs, distance educators and functionaries associated with ODL systems.
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