More women than group pointer adult for Mumbai university’s stretch …

The University of Mumbai’s (MU’s) Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) is an difference among aloft preparation institutes as it has some-more women than group on a rolls.

Of 76,495 students enrolled during a institute, 45,559 or 60% are women. In a past 8 years, a commission of womanlike students has usually been augmenting from 52% in 2008-09.

The womanlike students outnumber group by a far-reaching domain in many of a post-graduation courses offering during IDOL, including MA (Education), MSc (Mathematics), MCom and MA. They are in infancy even in MSc (Information Technology) and MSc (Computer Science) — a technical courses differently dominated by masculine students.

On a other hand, a enrolment total in undergraduate courses counterpart a trend: there are some-more group in Commerce and Science and some-more women in Humanities.

However, a design is not all rosy. Many women leave their courses mid-way, citing responsibilities during home. Often women find it formidable to pursue unchanging preparation after they get married and instead opt for stretch learning, says Ambuja Salgaonkar, executive of IDOL. But she also lauds a women for adventurous to enrol themselves during a institute.

According to experts, a arise in a enrolment shows that a stretch training has turn a viable choice for women sophistry between their work and responsibilities during home, generally after their graduation.

Many girls from smaller towns such as Palghar and Ratnagiri and even apart suburbs of Mumbai opt for stretch training as these places have few grade colleges and unsound ride facilities.

“Many relatives don’t let their daughters ride prolonged stretch to college,” laments Salgaonkar.

The stretch training institute, that started as Directorate of Correspondence Courses during MU in 1972-72, attracts students from all age groups, including a handful of comparison citizens. Most of a students during IDOL have daytime jobs and are looking to supplement another gift to their resume.

Ex-principal brings preparation to encampment students’ doorsteps

Bankot, a coastal encampment in Ratnagiri district in a Konkan, has dual high schools and a youth college. It, however, doesn’t have a grade college.

The nearest colleges are 30km away, situated in a taluka’s headquarter, Mandangad, and Ambadawe village.

Boys from Bankot who wish to pursue aloft preparation contingency commence an hour-long tour in a state ride (ST) bus.

Most girls in a encampment dump out after Class 12 as their relatives do not concede them to travel.

When Shagufta Parkar, a city-based late propagandize principal from Bankot, found out about this, she took it on herself to assistance a girls pursue aloft preparation in a encampment itself.

“It was humiliating to see them dump out notwithstanding behaving good in propagandize and youth college. So when a villagers asked me to do something, we motionless to open a investigate centre in Bankot,” she said.

The ‘study centre’, started dual years ago, is a tiny room versed with computers, high-speed internet and audio-visual aids.

Parkar assured a few girls, and their parents, to enrol during a University of Mumbai’s (MU’s) Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), that offers around 15 undergraduate and post-graduate association courses.

She tied-up with Kunjbihari S Goyal Online Academy for Learning and Development (GOLD), a city-based hospital to yield video lectures, that are also live-streamed during a centre. Every week or so, she invites guest lecturers from a city to explain a students’ doubts.

Currently, there are 18 girls enrolled during Parkar’s investigate centre, some of whom have already privileged their initial year of graduation. They compensate a monthly price of Rs1,000. The centre is saved by Mullah Ahmed Parkar Trust of Burhan Yusuf Parkar, a humanitarian from Bankot.

Shagufta pronounced a examination has been a success.

Girls who attend a lectures frequently perform good in a examinations. Their relatives are happy with a outcome, she added.

She now skeleton to enhance her strech to other tools of Konkan. “I will shortly start a centre for Marathi-medium students. We will also put adult hoardings in circuitously villages to proclaim a centre,” she said.

But, can stretch training reinstate unchanging education? Parker believes it can, supposing students get a comforts offering during her centre.

Ambuja Salgaonkar, executive of IDOL, agrees. “Distance training programmes, in their stream form, can't reinstate unchanging education. But, if these programmes are joined with other training aids such as video lectures, unchanging practicals and make-believe programmes, they will be on standard with unchanging courses,” she said.

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