Prof. Dr.Vivek A. Saoji,
Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University)
It is a matter of immense pleasure for me to be a part of the Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) family as its Vice Chancellor. I take this opportunity to welcome students joining the Centre for Distance and Online Education in undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes.
As per the All-India survey on Higher Education conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, 2013, the Gross Enrolment Ratio in Higher Education in India is 20.4, for 18 – 23 years of age group. The GER for male population is 21.6 and for females it is 18.9. Distance enrolment constitutes 12.5% of the total enrolment in higher education. The purpose of Distance & Online Education is to bridge this gap and increase the accessibility of education, beyond the boundaries of a number of factors such as distance from the centres of education, social taboos especially for the female students, and also the housewives, bindings to acquire education while in job, or other such logistics, which, at times, are a hurdle to access higher education in India. The Centre for Distance & Online Education of the University is committed to offer the opportunities of higher education to such students through the Distance & Online Education mode. The university is approved to undertake the Distance & Online Education programmes offered by the Centre for Distance & Online Education. Our objectives are to reach the unreached and to make education accessible to all sections of the society. Distance & Online Education has been accepted as an effective way of learning and with the ICT enabled facilities such as virtual class rooms, etc. it has taken the shape of a robust learning platform. We, at the Centre for Distance & Online Education, have a dedicated e-connect online communication channel to ease out the process of internal communication in order to facilitate students through e-learning. The e-learning environment of our Centre for Distance & Online Education has developed effective communication channels between study centres and the respective students. Also, we have created provision for additional online supplementary study resources, such as videos, slide shares, SLM etc. for our students of Distance & Online Education.
I extend a very warm welcome to all the prospective students of the Centre for Distance & Online Education. I, on behalf of the university, wish and assure you a pleasant learning experience.
My best wishes for a successful career.