Distance learning courses help a lot of students achieve their dreams. Distance and Open Learning actually provides many aspirants that are both students and professionals to enhance their skills and improve their career. The Jamia Millia Islamia bas 13 programmes which are a part of the Centre for Distance and Open Learning/CDOL. The Jamia Milia Islamia has started accepting application forms for a list of programmes for the year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The list has been released by the Distance Education Bureau of the University Grants Commission.

Jamia Millia Islamia was established in 1920 at Aligarh and was later named as the Central University as per the act by the Indian Parliament in the year 1988. Jamia Millia means national university in Urdu. The applications are to be submitted to the study centre or to the Programme Coordinator. The application forms for the B.Ed programme needs to be submitted by 21 February 2019 and the application forms submission and other admission formalities for the remaining programmes need to be completed by 28 February 2019.

Business Administration, Commerce, Education, and Commerce degree for International Business and Finance are some of the Bachelor’s courses that are being offered by the Centre for Distance and Open Learning in JMI. Commerce, Arts in Education, Sociology, English, Public Administration, Hindi, Human Resource Management, Political Science, and History are some of the Masters/ Post-graduation programmes offered.

Distance and Open learning were looked up as the kind of education that would facilitate the aspirants to enhance skills. However, in recent years with the advancement in technology, the academic communities have begun to explore the usage of the internet in providing a better learning experience to aspirants by means of an extended classroom. GITAM centre for distance learning, DR.B.R. Ambedkar Open University, IGNOU, ICFAI and many more from different states of the country offer a wide range of programmes.

Distance and Open Learning is a system that does not require the teacher and student to be present at the same time but also does not compromise the quality. The distance learning is a great opportunity for those students who would like to continue their education and also for those employed professionals it helps them update their skills. Students of various backgrounds dream of completing a bachelor’s or masters or taking up a particular vocational course. The employees or the personnel in various organizations consider taking up a distance learning course so that they can learn a new critical skill along with being engaged in a job.

Previously the Distance learning was simply looked at as an opportunity for students and professionals to improve their skills. In recent years, however, the IOT has opened many doors and created millions of possibilities in the world of eLearning or online education. The courses that were previously difficult to pursue by a large number of aspirants has now become a possibility for them and thereby improved the availability of job opportunities to those in need and made learning affordable.

The distance education helps students and professionals from all walks of life to pursue their dream. However, the curriculum design of the courses offered by distance education needs a lot of improvement so that it continues to make a difference in learning and provide the much-required benefits for its pursuers.