There are many ways in which external Programme is different from Distance Education and it is important that you understand how it will work. In an External Student, a student is expected to study on his/her own using the Learning Resources provided by the University. A student does not have the benefit of a teacher for most part of the learning process, who can provide him/her with academic counseling.
As an External Programmes student, you should learn to value the skills you have acquired from your own personal and professional experience, such as the ability to reflect critically on what you see and hear; to look at issues or problems from more than one point of view; to structure and present an argument, emphasising the most persuasive and least contestable points; to adjudicate between conflicting opinions or versions of events; to make connections or to explore relations between disparate ideas.
Distance Education is allows learners to learn at their own place and pace. Two-way communication permits the students to contact the teachers through study centre. Well established class rooms, practical lab facilities, peer group interactions, mentor chats, counseling and advising sessions at Authorized Study Centers.