(An IGNOU-MHRD, Govt. of India project)Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110 068and
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695 033
Distance Education Programme(DEP)is a major intervention in SarvaShiksha Abhiyan(SSA) focusing on“strengthening training through distance learning’. SSA calls for the training of a large no. of teachers and other personnel to bring out qualitativeimprovement in elementary education. As face-to-face approach or the cascade model would be inadequate to carry out the enormous task of training and recurrent training of those associated with elementary education. DEP hasenvisaged to facilitate the process. The programme through distance education provides in-puts and materials for training and capacity building of teachers and other functionaries in curricular, contextual, and pedagogical areas. DEP-SSA has created by the Ministry of HRD, Department of School Education and Literacy, Govt. of India as national center for distanceeducation activities under SSA on 1
July, 2003 and implemented by IGNOU, New Delhi in all states and UTs of the country. It provides technical support to the states enabling them to adopt distance education as anintegral part of SSA. It aims atimparting need-based local specific in- service training for teachers and other functionaries directly involved inelementary education programme.