Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University)

Mullana, Ambala, India - 133207

Lifelong Learning Policy

Effective Date: April 9, 2020


Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), Mullana located in the countryside, recognizes the unique educational challenges and opportunities in rural areas. Without ignoring the needs of the society in a developing nation, the policy is established with the following perspectives:

  • To empower individuals in the local community by providing continuous learning opportunities, fostering personal and professional development.
  • To enrich the cultural and economic landscape of the local community by promoting a culture of lifelong learning.
  • To bridge the digital divide in rural areas by providing free access to computers, online courses, and digital learning resources, thus promoting digital literacy.

Policy Aspects

  1. Access to Educational Resources:

MM (DU) is committed to providing free access to educational resources for individuals not enrolled at its campus. This includes:

  • Computers: Free access to computer facilities for the local community to enhance digital literacy and technological skills.
  • Library Resources: Open access to the MM (DU)’s library facilities, allowing the public to benefit from a diverse range of educational materials, books, and research resources.
  • Access to Lectures: Public access to select MM (DU) lectures, workshops, and seminars, encouraging community members to participate in intellectual discussions.
  1. Public Events and Executive Education Programs:

The MM (DU) actively hosts events open to the general public, including:

  • Public Lectures: Engaging lectures by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics, accessible to the community.
  • Community Educational Events: Events designed to address the specific educational needs and interests of the local community.
  1. Educational Outreach beyond Campus

MM(DU) extends its commitment beyond campus through:

  • Tailored Lectures and Demonstrations: Conducting educational outreach activities in local schools and the community, delivering tailored lectures and demonstrations.
  • Voluntary Student-Run Schemes: Involving students in voluntary initiatives that contribute to educational enrichment in the wider community.
  1. Inclusivity and Non-Discrimination

The MM (DU) is dedicated to providing access to all the lifelong learning activities to all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, immigration status, or gender. This inclusive approach ensures that everyone in the community has equal opportunities for personal and professional growth.

  1. Expanded Vocational Training

Vocational training programs to align more closely with local job market needs, promoting employability within the community.

  1. Strengthened Digital Inclusion

Initiatives to further enhance digital literacy and inclusion in lifelong learning activities, recognizing the growing importance of digital skills.

Evaluation and Community Feedback

MM(DU) places a strong emphasis on evaluating the impact of its Lifelong Learning Policy. Regular assessments and feedback mechanisms are employed to measure the effectiveness of the provided resources, outreach initiatives, and community events. Feedback from the community is considered invaluable in shaping the ongoing improvements and modifications to better serve the evolving needs of the region.

Community Partnerships and Collaboration

The university actively seeks collaborations with local community organizations, schools, and businesses to strengthen the impact of its lifelong learning initiatives. By forging partnerships, MM(DU) ensures that its programs are aligned with the specific needs and aspirations of the community, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for educational development.

Amended in 2022

Adapting to Technological Advances

As technology evolves, MM(DU) remains committed to leveraging digital tools and online platforms to enhance the reach and impact of its lifelong learning initiatives. Continuous efforts are made to incorporate cutting-edge technologies, ensuring that individuals in the countryside have access to contemporary educational resources.

Sustainable Outreach Initiatives

Recognizing the importance of sustainability, the MM (DU) integrates environmental and social responsibility into its lifelong learning initiatives. This includes initiatives that promote environmental awareness, community health, and ethical considerations in education.

The Lifelong Learning Policy at MM (DU) is a commitment to rural development, cultural enrichment, and educational inclusivity. By providing free access to educational resources and actively engaging with the community, it aims to create a transformative impact on individuals in the countryside. The amendments in 2022 reflect the institution’s responsiveness to evolving needs and its dedication to continuous improvement in the field of lifelong learning.