REVIEW: Distance Education in the 21st Century

Reviewed by Ashok SHARMA

Stressing the importance of maintaining Distance Education practically, operationally, and in perfect fashion, Goels, in their present book, emphasize that it (Distance Education) can provide general as well as professional education required for the development in all sectors in the 21st century or new millenium. Due to continuous increase in the population and scarcity of infrastructure, financial, physical, and personnel resources, there occur some inherent and external problems in imparting formal education and training. And, it is distance education that, through the latest technology, can overcome these problems and limitations owing to its inherent potentialities. Besides, Goels rightly point out a great need to shift our focus from the traditional education system to `distance education system' so that we may take full advantage of new knowledge media and technology effectively.