• C.R.K. Murthy Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India


The needs assessment is an important preparatory activity for launching new academic programmes in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The respondents are normally the experts/practitioners in related areas and potential learners, who are able to provide useful inputs regarding various aspects of the programme, such as: social/academic relevance; employment prospects; likely rate of enrolment; potential target population and so on. Through need analysis one can also gather the views on the desirable contents/courses, medium and modes of learning – to duly address the changing needs of economy, society and job markets. In view of all these, needs assessment is considered to be a crucial preparatory work in developing and launching ODL programmes. Keeping this in view, it was decided to publish a special issue on Needs Assessment Studies in ODL in an effort to disseminate the findings of recent needs assessment studies conducted at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Author Biography

C.R.K. Murthy, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Professor of Distance Education, Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE), Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi - 110068, India