Field based Projects
To start with, the courses will be delivered on Internet and conventional distance education mode. In due courses, it will shift more towards on-line interaction between teacher and the taught. Skill and dexterity will be inculcated right from the beginning though interactive computer applications.
Self Instructional Material
Printed materials are the primary form of instructional materials. These are supplied to the candidates in the form of booklets. Therefore, candidates have to draw mainly upon the printed materials, which are sent to them through the study centers. The printed material would be sufficient to the extent of about 75% to 80% to write any assignment responses and prepare for the term-end examinations. However, candidates are strongly advised to refer to other sources and texts, suggested under each unit order to get a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter.
In distance education, face-to-face contact between the learners and their tutors/counsellors is relatively less and therefore counselling is an important activity. The purpose of such a contact is to answer some of your questions and clarify your doubts, which may not be possible through any other means of communication. There are experienced academic counselors at the study centers to provide counselling and guidance to you in the courses that you have chosen for study. The candidate will be informed of the program schedule details by their study center coordinator.
It should be noted that the counseling sessions would be very different from the classroom teaching or lectures counselling does not mean delivering lectures as in conventional teaching. Counselors will try to help you to overcome academic difficulties, which you may face while studying for all the degree programs. In these sessions you must try to resolve any subject based difficulties and any other related problems.
Before the candidate attends the counseling session, they should go through the course material and make notes of the point to be discussed. Unless, the units are gone through, there may not be much to discuss. The coordinator of the respective Study Center will make the detail schedule of the counseling session known to the candidates. Usually, atleast 10% of the credit hours will be earmarked for the counseling session.
Assignments are an integral part of distance learning. The main purpose of assignments is to test your comprehension of the learning materials you receive from the University and also help you to better comprehend the courses by providing feedback to you. The information given in the printed course materials should be sufficient for answering the assignments. However, you may have to refer to other books and reference given in the course material to have a comprehensive knowledge of the subject. But the assignments are generally designed in such a way as to help you to concentrate mainly on the printed course material with a fleeting touch to other reference. You may also note the following points.
a) It is compulsory for you to submit the prescribed assignments. You will not be allowed to appear for the term-end examination of a course if you do not submit the specified number of assignments in respective courses on time.
b) All assignments should be submitted to the respective study centers.
c) The assignment responses should be complete in all respects. Before submission you should ensure that you have answered all the questions in all the assignments. Incomplete answer sheets will fetch poor grades / marks.
d) The Study Center has the right to reject the assignments received after due date. You are therefore advised to submit the same before the due date.
e) A copy of the valued assignments will be returned to the candidates along with the marks/ grades and the written comments, which serve as a learning exercise for the candidates.
f) Two percent (2%) of the evaluated assignments by the Academic Counsellors will be reviewed by the University from time to time.
Considerable importance is given to hands-on training on computers in this program. A set of practical exercise for subjects which need laboratory work is available at the study centers as also on the website. Candidates need to do these practical exercises under the guidance of their study center faculty, major part of the contact hours at the study centers will be devoted to this laboratory work.