Following the announcement of the Ministry’s HRD 100 Day Agenda by the Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development, a new policy on distance education in the higher education sector was formulated. Parliament has the power to make laws for higher education, for coherence and quality in institutions, and for scientific and technical institutions.
Parliament has enacted laws to fulfill this responsibility: the University Grants Commission for General Higher Education, the All Pakistan Council for Technical Education, and other subjects. With regard to higher education, by distance, the Allama Iqbal National Open University Act, 1985 was enacted with the following two main objectives, among others.
- Providing higher education opportunities to a large segment of the population, especially backward groups, adults, housewives, and working people living in remote and rural areas.
- Encourage open university and distance education systems in the country’s education system and set coherence and standards in such systems.
- The history of distance education in the country dates back to the time when universities started providing distance education through their Directorate of Correspondence Education under the names of correspondence.
In those days philanthropic or business courses were offered by correspondence, and those offering regular courses for a variety of reasons, including a limited number of seats, employment, and access to higher education. ۔ Could not include themselves in traditional ‘face to face programs.
- In the recent past, awareness of the importance of higher education has led to a huge increase in the demand for higher education across the country, while the higher education system cannot meet this growing demand.
- In these circumstances, a number of institutions, including accredited universities, private universities, public universities, and even other institutions that do not have the authority to award degrees, have made this possible by offering distance education programs in a large number of subjects.
Has begun, including engineering and management and involving humanity at various levels. There is always the risk that some of these degrees may offer substandard education, and as a result, the reputation of the degrees will be tarnished and other qualifications will be abandoned.
- The Government of Pakistan had clarified its position under Gazette Notification No. 44 regarding recognition of degrees obtained through distance methods for employment.
- Despite these risks in paragraph 4, the importance of distance education in providing quality education and training cannot be underestimated. Distance education plays an important role in education. Providing learning opportunities to those who do not have direct access to face-to-face teaching, working people, housewives, etc.
Provide working professionals with the opportunity to update their knowledge, enable them to transform into new fields and professions, and enhance their skills for career advancement.
Maintaining and maintaining standards in higher education requires ensuring coherence between the various legal and regulatory authorities at all levels in the country, as well as an independent and distance education system.
Be promoted To meet the aspirations of higher education, the following policy has been formulated regarding distance education of the people.