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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

Commonwealth of Learning (COL) was established through a Memorandum of Understanding between Governments of Commonwealth countries in the year 1988. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations to improve access to quality education and training.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, COL is the world's only intergovernmental organisation dedicated solely to promoting and delivering distance education and open learning, and is the only official Commonwealth agency located outside Britain.

COL is voluntarily funded by the Commonwealth countries and India is third major donor after United Kingdom and Canada. India is represented on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of COL through Secretary, in-Charge of Higher Education.

COL has focused its attention on activities in the instructional materials, telecommunication technology and training and information service. COL has located its Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA) in India and Joint Secretary in charge of Distance Learning is a member on Advisory Council of CEMCA.

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