'''Role of Dual Mode Universities in offering Distance Education Programs'''
As world history of education reveals that the present form of distance education is originated from correspondence education and the UKOU continues to play legendary role. Dual mode universities are those universities that offer education with the support of both modes-- conventional(regular)and non-conventional modes.
In Indian context, DE as a branch of innovative modern approach has been promoted by the IGNOU(1985) after B.R. Ambedkar Open University. In order to address the issues pertaining to access, equity and equalities, there is a paradigm shift in DE.
Distance education per se has been offered by single and dual mode universities. Single mode universities are of equal demands as the dual mode universities are. Prof. Santosh Panda recently reiterated in a workshop(organised by the Directorate of Distance education, NIMS University, Jaipur)that "dual mode universities are successful in comparison to single mode university." It is only because single mode universities requires more time in capacity building than the dual mode ones.