Study of the Factors Responsible for the Dropouts from the BSc Programme of Indira Gandhi National Open University

  • Bharat Inder Fozdar Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Lalita S. Kumar Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • S. Kannan Sikkim Manipal University
Keywords: dropouts, withdrawal, Open and Distance learning, interventions, retention, support system

Abstract

A sample of dropout learners enrolled in the B.Sc. programme of School of Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India was surveyed to study the factors which influenced them to withdraw from the programme. The research indicates that the major reasons for dropout are the distance of study centre from the residence of learner, insufficient support from study centre and more time consuming courses of the programme. The results of this study are significant from the points of view of improving the present instructional and delivery strategies of B.Sc. Programme. This will also help in reducing the students' dropout rate for this programme by implementing timely interventions at the different stages of study. Keywords: Dropouts, Withdrawal, Open Distance learning, interventions, retention, support system

Author Biographies

Bharat Inder Fozdar, Indira Gandhi National Open University
Dr. Bharat Inder Fozdar is a Reader in Chemistry in the School of School, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India. He obtained his Ph.D degree in Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, India. He joined IGNOU in 1988. He received extensive training on designing and development of self-instructional course metrical and multimedia package for distance and open learning courses and programmes. He had played a significant role in course development of Bachelor degree program in Sciences (B.Sc.) and Certificate Programme in laboratory Techniques (CPLT). He participated in many national and international conferences, and published several research articles in reputed journals. Dr. Bharat Inder Fozdar School of Sciences, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, India E-mail fozdar@hotmail.com bifozdar@ignou.ac.in
Lalita S. Kumar, Indira Gandhi National Open University
Dr. Lalita S Kumar, is a Reader in Chemistry, in the School of Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India. She had Ph.D degree in Chemistry from Delhi University and had two decades of experience in designing development of self-instructional course metrical and multimedia package for distance and open learning system. She has several publications and a book to her credit. Dr. Lalita S Kumar School of Sciences, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, India E-mail lalitaskumar@ignou.ac.in,
S. Kannan, Sikkim Manipal University
Prof. S Kannan is a Professor of Chemistry in the School of Sciences. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India. He obtained his Ph.D degree from Delhi University. He had twenty years experience of teaching chemistry before he moved to IGNOU in 1997 as a Reader. He also had significance experience in designing development of self-instructional course metrical and multimedia package for distance and open learning courses. He played an important role in launching an undergraduate program in Sciences and Certificate Programme in laboratory Techniques (CPLT) in India through distance mode. He participated in many national and international conferences at home and abroad, and published research articles. Presently he is working as Professor and Addl. Registrar of Distance Education Wing, Sikkim Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka- 576104, India. E-mail skannan1946@hotmail.com,
Published
2006-12-20
How to Cite
Fozdar, B. I., Kumar, L. S., & Kannan, S. (2006). Study of the Factors Responsible for the Dropouts from the BSc Programme of Indira Gandhi National Open University. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 7(3). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v7i3.291
Section
Research Articles