ICT Enabled Distance learning programme launched by AMU VC
Aligarh, March 25: The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) today launched ICT Enabled Distance Education Programme at the Centre for Distance Education (CDE). The launching ceremony was held at Arts Faculty Lounge.
Addressing on the occasion, Lt Gen Shah said that there are about 35000 students currently enrolled in different courses of AMU. He said that keeping in view the limitation of available space for students, the Centre for Distance Education has emerged as better solution to provide education to masses. He said that the future of the education lies with distance education which provides remedy for space limitation and that of distance.
Lt Gen Shah pointed out that with the tool of education in our hand, we need not to be afraid of any discrimination. He suggested the students and teachers to continue the process of interaction with the outside world rather than limiting themselves to the prescribed books and premises. Lt Gen Shah hoped that the students will derive the maximum out of the valuable services offered by the Centre for Distance Education. He also praised the efforts of the AMU Student?s Union for taking an active participation in almost all the endeavours undertaken by the University.
Prof Mohd Nafees Ansari, Director, Centre for Distance Education appreciated AMU VC?s vision to reach out to rural, underprivileged section of the society and provide them access to opportunities through use of ICT based learning services. He said that the Centre is committed towards making all the courses of study free for the students throughout the country. Along with ICT based learning, Prof Ansari also intended to start AMU?s own MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) platform and take AMU into the leadership position in Technology Enabled Learning not only within the state but also in entire country.
Prof Ansari, while giving a brief demonstration of the official website of the programme, informed that the website includes a helpline number which is available round the clock for the students. He further informed AMU will also launch its mobile interface that can be downloaded by the students on their smart phones, thereby making m-learning a reality. Prof Ansari said that students can access the full course content online as well as offline and have the option to interact with the professors via messenger on their smart phones. This innovative feature will benefit students who hail from rural and far-flung areas with little or no Internet connection, he added.
Prof Mohd Shamim, Course Coordinator at CDE, AMU welcomed the guests. He said that higher education is the backbone of any country. Prof Shamim informed that the sincere efforts of Prof Mohd Nafees Ansari have led to huge increase in the strength of students at Centre for Distance Education.
Dr Jahangir Chauhan, course coordinator at CDE proposed the vote of thanks while Mr Ghufran Ahmad, Syed Hamid Senior Secondary School (Boys), AMU conducted the program.
A large number of teachers, course coordinators and students were present during the launching ceremony.
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Prof Mohd Nafees addressing the Launching Ceremony of the ICT enabled Distance Education programme at Arts Faculty Lounge