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Lifelong learning has a long tradition in India. In the last century, the government has accepted adult education as its responsibility. Since 1977, the University Grants Commission has incorporated adult and continuing education and extension into its policies, converted the Cells for Adult Education into full-fledged University Departments of Adult and Continuing Education and Extension, and formed a Review Committee for Extension to give strategies for institutionalization of extension. Extension departments have been asked to eradicate illiteracy in communities adopted by colleges and conduct continuing education on a regular basis. Current efforts focus on financial support to universities for nonformal education, redesignation of core academic staff as teachers, and staff development. Universities must work for the promotion of social change and development and play an active role in promoting adult learning. The Department of Adult and Continuing Education and Extension of the University of Mumbai exemplifies moderate success achieved in translating policy into practice. It pursues two goals: institutionalization of extension and creation of a nonformal stream of education. The Department proposes to work on the development of an institution where any individual can join for education at any level from literacy to the Open University. (Contains 17 references.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, College Role, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Policy, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Nonformal Education, School Community Relationship, Universities

Autor: Narang, Renuka


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