Vajpayee, P. (1995). A Study of the Communication Process in the Open University System of the Distance Education Programme in Rajasthan. Unpublished. Ph.D., Education. M.L.S University.
The objectives of this
study were: (1) To find out the communication measures / devices
adopted by the Distance Education centres in respect of academic courses. (2)
To find out the communication measures/devices adopted by the Distance
Education centres in respect of professional courses. (3) To determine the
effectiveness of delivery media (Printed material, Radio, TV, Audio-Video
Cassettes etc) and their significance in respect of both academic and
professional courses. (4) To determine the effectiveness and significance of
student support material (including the role played by Regional and Study
Centres therein). (5) To find out the difference with regard to the
communication measures / devices used in difference Education Centres. (6) To
find out the pattern of communication between: Central management and Regional
Centres; Central management and Study Centres; and Regional Centres and Study
Centres. (7) To locate the gaps and difficulties in communication at the above
three levels. (8) To formulate suggestions for improvement and enhancement of
quality in the Distance Education
Extensive survey was carried out in respect of
the communication pattern and processes in prevailing Kota Open University
(KOU) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) along with their Regional
Centres and the Study Centres operating in Rajasthan.
Techniques and tools employed basically
consisted of observation, interview and collecting observations suggestions and
criticisms etc through questionnaires.
The present study was confined to the Normative
The content analysis technique
and percentages were used for data analysis.
The findings were: (1) An overwhelming percentage of students of
academic and professional courses of KOU and IGNOU affirm that printed study
material is the most dominant source of Distance Education presently available
to students of both KOU and IGNOU. (2) Majority of the students affirm that
printed study material is generally timely delivered by both the universities.
(3) Most of the students of IGNOU receive the study material in more than one installment
while in the cased of KOU most students receive the study material in one lot.
(4) Most of the students of both the universities affirm that printed materials
as received for the study were prepared keeping the whole of the curriculum in
view. (5) KOU needs to recast and revise its printed material in order to make
it more comprehensive (particularly that meant for its professional courses).
The need also stands emphasized to an extent for IGNOU professional courses.
(6) Most of the officials of IGNOU and KOU affirm that the printed study
material is sent to the students directly from the University by post and not
through the Regional or Study centres. In general, the same practice appears to
be adopted by both the universities. Due stress is also being laid on timely
distribution of printed study material at both the universities. (7) 40% to 47%
students of both the universities refrained from giving a positive response for
the statement that "the printed study material provides due background for the
use of reference books".
Keyword(s): Communication Process , Open University System