Rahul College of Education

Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension (DLLE)

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension (DLLE) was established on October 12, 1978 and has been recognized as a Statutory Department and one of the authority of the University of Mumbai since 1994 to promote a meaningful and sustained rapport between the Universities and the community. It is functioning under the Board for Lifelong Learning and Extension to create skilled and learned human power through its various degree level programmes and skills development programmes. The Board of Lifelong Learning and Extension has the responsibility to create synergy at policy and operative level between various teaching, research and development institutions and various regional and national bodies and governmental agencies in the domain of lifelong learning, value education and life skills for senior citizens apart from other duties given under the Act.

The Department is now progressing as University Teaching Department as per UGC guidelines and Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016. It is succeeding with its scheduled academic activities such as Extension Work, Masters Degree Programs, Online Courses, National Institute of Open Schooling and also the activities of e-Learning Centre as a part of its academic responsibilities. It is headed by the Director, to carry out the objectives of the Board of Lifelong Learning and Extension.

Extension Education, the third dimension of the University system, is a two-way process which visualized mutual sharing of resources between the Community and the University for the Development of both the common man and the students. This dimension also aims at sensitizing the students to the socio-cultural realities. It is visualized that the contact between the University and community would lead to social welfare making it more relevant to daily life situations.

The DLLE with the diverse academic and technical resources supports the communities based extension work activities in collaboration with its specific mandate to work for the less privileged sections of the society and our efforts are to extend educational programs that will enhance and improve the quality of life of such groups with the central objective of “reach to unreached”. At present our DLLE extension activities are being conducted on regular basis in annual program for more than 300 colleges with 600 degree college Extension Work teachers and 30,000 Extension Work Students from Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts involved in Six Extension Work Projects of Skill Development, Industry Orientation, Career Guidance, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship Development, Status of Women in Society, Environmental Protection, Population Education & National Institute of Schooling.

As per the schedule if the Department, the Extension and Field Outreach activities undertaken through the Post Graduate Departments, Affiliated Colleges, and its Teachers and Students forms a major part in promoting a meaningful and sustained rapport between Universities and the community by introducing Adult Education (Lifelong Learning), Extension and Field Outreach activities which have been considered for academic credit. The students of Degree colleges from the faculty of Arts, Commerce, Science, Pharmacy, Law, Engineering. Education and Management are awarded Ten Additional Marks at the final exam on completion of 120 hours of work on the Extension Work Project undertaken and submission of the Project Report under University Ordinance 229.A in an academic year.

Aim

The Third Dimension of Extension is aimed at promoting a meaningful and sustained rapport between the Universities and the Community Le, to have educational programs for a Social Change.

Objectives

The objectives of Lifelong Learning and Extension are outlined below for making education relevant to real life situations:
  • To act as a focal agency in the University system for all Lifelong Learning programmes and to provide academic and technical resource support for community based activities in collaboration with Universities departments and colleges.
  • To serve as an intellectual intervention in the community’s living problems which need to be overcome through an educational process.
  • To develop among students a sense of responsibility towards society.
  • To design programs that will help students to face life and its challenges and thus create an ambience for a learning society.
  • To deepen the teachers’ and students’ knowledge through a wider exposure to real life situations through a variety of programs.
  • To prepare students for a greater social commitment.
  • To enhance student employability skills.
  • To cater to the needs of the unreached for promoting knowledge based society.
  • To network with Governmental and Non-governmental agencies, international organizations as well as industries.

THE EXTENSION DIMENSION (Reach to Unreached)

The college students are enrolled for extension work projects and perform various activities for the social awareness based on various issues / problems in the society such as Save Girl Child, Pollution, Aids, Global Warming, Environment, Tree Plantation, Importance of Education, Illiteracy, Child Labour, Dowry Deaths, Malnutrition, Watershed Management and so many. The students are creating awareness about these social problems/issues through various activities such as Street Play. Exhibition. Poster Making. Songs. Speech. Survey, Elocution Seminar & Conferences. For this purpose, students are actually going to the society and involve the community and make them aware of our role in eradicating social problems faced by the society and trying to convince the people human duties as an ideal citizen.

To facilitate the sensitization of the student to the socio-cultural realities, the Department offers for the student, extension work projects encompassing social issues. There are six types of Extension Work Projects being offered by the department under the two different units for enhancing the employability and IT skills of the student. The projects are as given below:

Vocational Career Oriented Projects

  1. Career Project [CP]
  2. Industry Orientation Project [TOP] 
  3. Anna Poorna Yojana [APY]

Community Oriented Projects

  1. Population Education Club (PEC)
  2. Survey of Women’s Status (SWS)
  3. National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

Training

The Department systematizes intensive training programs for the Teachers from the associated participating colleges both Degree and B. Ed colleges. More than 600 Degree and B. Ed. Teachers and nearly 850 Student Managers are trained and motivated to carry out the extension work projects in the colleges and to benefit the community. 

Every year the Department organizes an Annual Extension Work Festival titled UDAAN: the flight of Extension. Students of Extension Work from various colleges come together and give Performances and Best Displays are also awarded prizes based on the recommendations of the panel of Export Judges. In the last year around 10,000 college students & teachers participated in this festival at various locations in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri & Sindhudurg districts.

Enrollment

RCOE has Successfully Enroll in Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension (DLLE) Focus on the Following points:
  • To Foster among students a sense of responsibility towards society.
  • To prepare students for a greater social commitment.
  • To enhance student employability skills.
  • To cater to the needs of the unreached for promoting knowledge based society.
  • To network with Governmental and Non-governmental agencies, international organizations as well as industries.
  • To deepen the Future Teacher knowledge through a wider exposure to real life situations through a variety of programs.
  • To develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills among students.
  • To brief students towards the role of women in the society.
  • To develop public relations.
  • To relate with common man and study their problems.
  • With the provision & Programme Convenor Mrs. Alka Jain has Completed the procedure with the help of Dr. Kunal Jadhav Sir working as Associate Professor in DLLE