Higher Education Review and Career Trajectory of Open Distance Learning Students Completed

Area(s) of work: Education

Duration: Jan 2015-Jan 2016

Status: Completed

Funder: Commonwealth of Learning

The main objective of this study is to understand the career trajectory chosen by the ODL students and the value addition provided by the ODL institutions in terms of future economic/educational activities. In addition, the study will provide insights into the type of economic and educational activities sought by the ODL alumni. The sample states include Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi with a sample size of 1500 ODL alumni.

In addition, a survey of the prospectus of undergraduate degrees of central, state, private and deemed universities in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Karnataka is being undertaken. This exercise is being done to understand if the students of ODL face any barrier in continuing their higher education.

Presentation: Major findings of the study were presented at our Annual Seminar 2015 and is available here.

Research Article:

A research article titled ‘Understanding the Profile, Motivations and Current Status of
Academic Graduates through Open and Distance Schooling in India’ by Jyotsna JhaNeha GhatakShreekanth Mahendiran was published in the Journal of Learning for Development – JL4D (Vol 4, No 2 (2017)). This is a special issue in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning. The link for the article is here.

Conference Papers/ Presentations:

1. Tracing the Education and Employment Status of Open School Graduates in India
2. Schooling for Education or Mere Certification: examining the Experiences of Open and Distance Learning at Secondary Level in India