SCHOOL OF DISTANCE LEARNING AND CONTINUING EDUCATION Kakatiya University
 

 

 
 



Library Services

There has been a steady increase in the Library collection, which has increased to more than 500 books. In order to supplement study space, a reading hall has been established at the head quarters and a similar self-study centre at regional level is also in progress. Presently the lending facility of books to the students and self help groups is undertaken on first -come first served basis. In certain selected courses each student is provided with two library books. The School also continues to make available course material of other similar institutes for easy reference by the students.

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Scholarships & Gold Medals

The School continues to promote and popularise open and distance education throughout this backward region as there are about 50 Study centres spread over five districts. Responding to our educational services, some prominent members of the society has generously donated funds for the gold medals to be awarded to the toppers in specific programmes and thus encourage competitive spirits among the students.

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Self-help Peer-groups

The students coming from similar places and interior regions are being encouraged to form as peer groups to share their knowledge and resources- These attempts are aimed to train them to perform multiple roles as team leaders during their study period. These groups are assigned with a resource person to take care of their needs and their activities. The peer groups meet and interact mostly during contact periods and share their learning experience, activities and difficulties and evolve appropriate and suitable learning strategies among themselves.

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Round Tables

Opportunities are being created for the students of different faculties to voice their views and share news at the students round table. At every gathering about 20 students and a few faculty members attend to exchange ideas, express their suggestions on the aspects of support services besides debating on the latest events concerning their subjects and topics relevant to the society.

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Student Affairs

Three separate cells relating to student guidance, student grievance and placement cell have started functioning to establish a better interaction with the student community and solve individual problems relating to the academic matters, employment information, career guidance etc. Maintaining the profiles of successful students in the professional programmes is being taken up to provide data for organisations seeking such information for project work in certain concents. This is in one way laying the path for institution and industry linkage.

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The Students News Letter
Distance Education News * a quarterly students News Letter is being published for providing regular information to the students relating to various academic programmes, contact programmes, fee details, examination schedules etc.

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The Students Grievance Cell

The students grievance and correspondence cell is specially created to arrange replies to all letters written by the SDLCE students seeking various information. It will also guide, advise and counsel for those students who seek assitance in choosing courses of their study. It will also attend to the students complaints and other grievances and strive for their readdassal.

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The Public Relations

A separate unit has been created to arrange reception and maintain public relations so as to provide information relating to SDLCE programmes, courses and other activity to all those interested.

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The Assignments

The School believes in the real and stimulated two-way communication between the teacher and the learner. It is made possible through the assignments work with the distant Learners. Assignments are dispatched to the students of various courses evaluated and returned to the students with necessary corrections, remarks, grades and also suggestions for improvement. These assignments were found to be motivating the learners to go ahead with inspiration to continue their studies and were also helpful in checking the dropout.

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The SUED

This division is primarily meant to register on the spot admissions through a computer fed database. It also assists the student services unit with matters concerning to admissions, fee details, nominal rolls for examinations, transfers, re-admissions, address labels etc. Besides it performs as information and enquiry desk and for sale and receipts of admission forms.

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Academic Integration

The students have opportunities to interact with the faculty of the university campus besides the faculty available in the school throughout the weekdays through a telephone network system. The students can clear their doubts and solve their problems while being on the telephone line. Apart from this, those dropouts and who could not be successful from the regular and external system are allowed to appear the examinations from the School. The university campus library which is equipped with more than 5000 reference books, 160 Journals and the facility of Library automation network, is also open to our distance learners.

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Social Integration

The School has initiated steps to be closer to the society by participating in social activities like janmabhoomi programmes, medical aid camps, free legal aid services, NSS, conducting seminars on annual union budgets, environmental camps, clean and green programmes, inviting and felicitating prominent personalities for their contribution to the society and developing short term training programmes for leadership empowerment and skill development for governmental and non-governmental organisations.

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Quality Improvement Teams

The establishment of DEQSTI is itself a provider of quality strategies towards continuous improvement of programmes and services. The continued search for effectiveness in our operations and services is being reflected in every aspect of the teaching, research, student services, administration etc. For many institutions the demonstration of quality is linked to government funding, but for the SDLCE, a self-financing institution, the link is to its very future. A quality improvement team is underway to develop a quality culture throughout by organising seminars related to the subject. This team aims at helping individual units to assess their current standards and to find means to improve them. To this end, it seeks to involve all staff, and motivate them to adopt a 'customer - centered approach to their work for students, colleagues and members of the pub lie. Initially, all the administrative and functionaries are being trained in computers applications for their respective units which in turn is expected to speed up the services in a systamatic manner and ensure student satisfaction.

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Seminars & Publications

From the past ten years, the School has been organising a series of Seminars/ Workshops as well as Orientation programmes for the benefit of the staff at the school and also for the entire academic and administrative personnel engaged at the shady centres. Regarding the publications, the school has brought out 5 books in the field of distance education and about 10 volumes relating to the conferences organised by IDEA.

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The Journal – KJDE

It is the only Journal being published from South India and one of the three journals published from India on Open Learning and Distance Education. It has been widely acalaimed as one of the prestigious publications with contributions from eminent scholars. Kakatiya Journal of Distance Education mainly focusses its attention on empirical studies and theoritical debates.

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Action Oriented Research

A series of surveys, research studies and projects forms part of the activity of research unit to identify needy programmes, assess market demands, make available statistical services, evaluate the programmes in progress, student attitudes at the entry and exit points etc. The findings enabled the school to review and redesign through in house seminars its strategies inorder to meet the students likes and the emerging educational needs. Some of the studies include drop-outs, effectiveness of instructional methods and techniques, students satisfaction, methods of instruction to slow learners, student profiles etc.

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Radio Lessons

SDLCE has initiated in a moderate way to provide Radio lessons of 15 minutes to half-an hour per day on all days especially during the months if October-December and January to March every year announced advancely by an arrangement with AIR, Warangal In the days ahead it will be able to offer regular and daily radio braodcasts to cover majority of the programmes being offered by the school.

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The Yoga Centre

SDLCE took initiates to establish a Yoga Centre not only for arranging regular evening session for all those interested but also offer Certificate and Diploma programmes in Yoga.

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The Musk and Dance Centre

The Music and Dance Centre is a new venture initiated by the staff members. It will be providing daily evening practicing sessions and offer Certificate and Diploma courses in Musk and Dance.

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The Staff Club

The Staff Club is a recreation and a 'social gathering' platform which arranges sports, games, literary and cultural events for the benefit of staff and their family members.

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The Film Club

A newly initiated activity arranges film appreciation debates with critical outlook and exhibits film shows of creative art to its members.

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The DESFEST

Distance Education Student Festival popularly known as DESFEST is organised every year as an annual student meet each at every study centre and at the head quarter level The Sports, games, literary and cultural activities will take place and the students will participate in large numbers and prizes are presented to the winners.

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MEDIA PRODUCTION

Apart from the above, our dream project is to establish a Media Production Unit, by utilising the funds granted by DEC and from our own funds. This shall be a prestigious venture of SDLCE in the years to come. It will in the longrun grow into a fulfledged Unit of Production of Educational Audio, Video and CDs. It is expected to start its production in a moderate way within three months period. The Media Production Unit comprise of a Mini Studio with all modem lighting and environment management arrangements, Betacom and Digital Audio-Vedio Edit Unit, dubbing facilities, MPEG converters, production of multiple copies of Audio, Vedio and CDs. In the course of time it will have tie-ups with various AIR, DD and Private Channels including Cable TV for regularly broadcasting its programmes. The Production Unit will be able to supply its own share of required software for the proposed 'Educational Channel' to be announced shortly by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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