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Open Distance Learning in Andhra Pradesh

, , Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad

Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 12, Number 3, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University


In this paper, we have presented the status of Open Distance Learning (ODL) systeni in Andhra Pradesh. There are 13 universities from within and 19 institutions/universities from outside the state oflering programmes through distance mode at certificate, diploma, graduate and post-graduate levels. Student enrolments in various ODL institutions and conventional systems have been analysed and compared. The demand fir Bachelor's and Master's level programmes has been very high over thecertificate and diploma level programmes. The study reveals that the distance learners account for 75% ofthe total students enrolled fir PC programmes. Nearly 40% ofthe total students are enrolled in Bachelor's Degree and MBA programmes oflered through ODL. Though a wide variety of teaching-learning strategies are available, only some institutrons are using all ofthem. There are variations in organisation and management of ODL system in dflerent institutions. While some have a sizeable full-time stax others are solely dependent on deputafion stafl While BRAOU has a well-established networking and collaborative arrangemenfs, other institutions are yet to establish partnerships and collaborafions. This paper also covers some of the issues and concerns of the ODL system. The last section of the paper, we present some suggestions to strengthen the ODL system in Andhra Pradesh.


Venkaiah, V. & Mouli, C. (2003). Open Distance Learning in Andhra Pradesh. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 12(3), 197-215. Indira Gandhi National Open University. Retrieved August 11, 2020 from .