Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Education constitutes the backbone of a Country as it produces the human force which plays the most determining role in the advancement of a Nation and also in the progress of a civilization. No Nation could establish its dominance in world history by virtue of its sheer military might or economic affluence. The march of a Nation towards glory is carried forward by the competent human resource that a strong education system prepares. Education is one that provides the thrust in getting ahead and building up a powerful democratic society. Education system in India has a long history starting from Gurukul System to the ancient urban centres of learning like Takshashila, Nalanda and Vikramshila. After the second world war, world has been seen an enormous expansion in higher education. India was not exception from this. The higher education system of India has witnessed many fold increase in its institutional capacity since independence. Now India is the third largest higher education system in the world.
Open Educational Resources (OER) movement began in the 21st century for furthering the culture of open knowledge by free dissemination /sharing of knowledge. It is basically rooted in the philosophy of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) with the objective of expanding the access to knowledge to all types of learners pursuing non formal, formal and informal education. The using OER implies support for an open curriculum where learners have the flexibility to select units/courses to suit their personal needs. It is the responsibility of the Distance Education Council (DEC) to promote quality and standards in the ODL system and encourage ODL institutions to develop and offer quality programmes. Besides this, the DEC also encourages sharing of academic resources and thereby reducing duplication of efforts and enhancing the knowledge and other skill requirement of the users at large and also ensuring their wider accessibility.
The Distance Education Council can take up this initiative for developing Web Based Multimedia, Interactive e-Content repositories by pooling all the programmes developed by Distance Education Institutions (DEIs) attached to conventional Universities. The Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University is offering various programmes with the mission of (i) to provide quality education for the rural and the unreached, (ii) to attain excellence in teaching, research and extension activities (iii) to imbibe, inculcate and promote human values so as to create a 'culture of lawfulness'. Based on the mission, the institute will fulfil the academic needs of the poor and weaker sections of the society. I appreciate and wishes the students of the programmes of the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.