I am privileged to be the Director of School of Distance Education (SDE) of the University of Calicut that persists for the noble cause of providing educational opportunities to the masses. The institution has a legacy of providing relevant education in conformation with the contemporary needs and vitalities affirming quality and excellence with a student strength nearing 2 lakhs. The institution has always been at the forefront providing opportunities for those aspirants who endure to learn amidst life situations that impede them to take up regular mode of learning. The SDE provides an extensive range of academic subjects in almost all major subject groups which is being imparted through regular and open stream courses. The Regular Stream Courses are meant for those who have essential qualifications and who wish to pursue their studies through distance education and Open Stream Courses are tailored to meet the educational needs of those who have not acquired the basic qualification needed for admission to regular courses, and who eagerly aspire to acquire a Degree. A separate entrance exam is conducted for Open degree courses and those who qualify are admitted. The School offers UG and PG courses for broadening the knowledge horizons and developing skills for capacity building.
The School of Distance Education of University of Calicut has always been at the forefront to meet the educational needs of the young aspirants including the marginalised and the excluded youth, which gave the impetus to render the best service by this educational institution. At this juncture I congratulate those aspirants who have already succeeded in transforming their lives through distance learning and invite more aspirants who have the quest for knowledge and success to build up a promising future. I affirm with full confidence that every experience of learning through distance mode from this university will be outstanding ensuring global standards.