Open and Distance Education Centre of Tribhuvan University (ODEC, TU), established in 2015, is a constituent academic organization of TU that aims to provide quality higher education to the wide range of individuals in Nepal and abroad through open and distance learning mode. ODEC has the mandate to offer higher education in all subjects approved by the university. The growing demand of distance education both at home and abroad, conflicting schedule to attend the face-to-face mode of education for the working professionals, integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in pedagogy and TU’s policy to run dual mode programmes to serve the mass were
some of the factors that justified the establishment of Open and Distance Education Centre (ODEC).
The goals of ODEC are as follows:
• To provide access and quality in higher education to the wide range of people through open and distance learning mode.
• To establish and operationalize e-library (e-repository and e-resources) for distance and online mode of higher education;
• To establish a high quality and sustainable ICT infrastructure and develop it as a leading e-learning provider in the country for open and
• To provide professional and non-academic courses as continuing education for the adults;
• To train professionals in e-learning, e-pedagogy and e-education;
• To conduct research, seminars, conferences with a particular focus on distance education, blended learning, technology integration and life-long learning; and
• To collaborate with national and international organizations in different areas of education, research and innovations.
Programmes and Courses Offered ODEC currently offers a Master’s programme in certain subjects of the Faculty of Education. In the
future, all the programmes of TU will be run in dual mode as far as practicable. Current programmes that ODEC offers include:
1) M. Ed. in English Education
2) M. Ed. in Mathematics Education
The pedagogy of ODEC consists of a combination of a very short face-to-face orientation followed by a continuous interaction between students and teachers through virtual classroom. ODEC uses Moodle as the virtual learning platform in which students find the materials to read, comment and engage themselves in various tasks, exercises and activities.\
ODEC follows the admission policies developed by the respective Faculties and Institutes. The eligibility criteria outlined in the admission policies are also applied in the admission of the ODEC programme. Please refer to the admission policy of the respective departments of the Institutes and Faculties for the eligibility requirements.
ODEC adopts a multi-pronged approach in evaluating the students learning. There is a continuous evaluation of the students’ performance through the Moodle platform for the internal evaluation and range of techniques are used for this purpose. In addition to this, students will also attend the sit-in exam along with the students of the face-to-face exam for the end semester examination.
Research Activities: Faculty Research and Collaborative Research
ODEC integrates research in all of its Master's programmes and students attend research seminars virtually. Also, work on a thesis project at the end of the semester. Teachers in ODEC carry out action research in areas of integrating ICT, gender and indigenous knowledge in online pedagogy.
Significant Achievements at par with International Standard
ODEC started its programmes two years ago and the first cohort of its students are in the fourth semester. ODEC collaborates with NORHED (full from of NORHED) through Central Department of Education and also has established its link with Korea National Open University.
ODEC publishes its newsletter two times a year including its regular activities in it. The plan in the near future is to publish an annual peer-reviewed journal including the articles on distance and online learning.
Further Programmes/Courses to Keep up with the Pace of the 21st Century
There is a high demand for online programmes for all levels of education. However, due to the resource constraints both physical and human, it is not feasible to start all of them at a time. Therefore, ODEC proposes phase-wise programmes.
First Phase: To run Master’s programmes including MPhil in the subjects of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management and Law.
Second Phase: To run Master’s Programmes in Science and Technology as per the demand and feasibility.
Third Phase: To run bachelor’s degree programmes on the one hand and on the other hand PhD programmes.
Mr Ganga Ram Gautam, PhD
Open and Distance Education Centre
Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal