Student Opinion of Counselling : The Experience of Indira Gandhi National Open University
S. Manjulika, Assistant Director. Regional Services, IGNOU, New Delhi ; V. Reddy, Fulzele Fulzele, Deputy Director Regional Services, IGNOU, New Delhi
Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 5, Number 2, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University
Distance teaching derives its strenght from two-way communication, whether postal, telephonic or face to face. As advances are being made in improving the quality of distance tuition and self instructional materials. it is becoming more and more clear that distance learners require much more than distance tuition and self instructional materials. In spite of the high quality of self instructional materials, most distance learners generally seem to need human support at stage during their academic pursuits.Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU) was established in 1985 for the promotion and coordination of distance education in India for providing equal opportuities for higher education to large segments of the Indian population. IGNOU has been offering a variety of need-based courses to provide general, professional and continuing education through a multimedia instructional system, supplemented by student support services through its regional and study centres. It has a network of 17 Regional Centres (mostly located at State capitals), 225 study centres and around 14,500 part time counsellors who are attached to various study centres to provide both academic and administrative support to distance learners. From the very beginning, IGNOU has recognised the importance and need for counselling alone.This paper describes the results of a study conducted at IGNOU, Regional Centre, Banglore and attemps to critically evaluate the student opinion on counselling offered to distance learners by IGNOU.
Manjulika, S., Reddy, V. & Fulzele, F. (1996). Student Opinion of Counselling : The Experience of Indira Gandhi National Open University. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 5(2), 19-29. Indira Gandhi National Open University.