Regional Cooperation among Open Universities: a Case of South Asia
There is perhaps no region in the world that can boast of an antiquity rivaling that of South Asia. When man in distant reaches of the world was still occupied with concerns of bare survival from Human and Environmental challenges, South Asia was grappling with the issues concerning the mind and the intellect. However, times changed and South Asia that once was testimonial to the towering heights of intellectual achievements became self content and over confident with regards to its own achievements and shut its eyes to the outside world. Exploration of mysteries and travelling to the outside world became uncommon. Considerations related to the differences among humans based on birth became the source discrimination in the attainment of education and cultivation of the faculties of the mind. Thus South Asia that was once the hub of world intellect and production became one of the weakest performers on this front. // Southern Asia is also a region (as we will see shortly) which requires a robust Open Education System in place due to emergent socio-economic realities. The strength and vibrancy of the Open and Distance mode institutions will determine how quickly the region moves out of the specter of backwardness enveloping the region.
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