The Directorate of Distance Education and Open Learning (DDEOL) previously known as Centre for Lifelong Education (CLLE) was established as a department under the Institute of Consultancy, Applied Research and Extension Studies (ICARES) in December, 1990. Its main functions then were to run short courses, seminars, and conferences.
The need was felt for it to be autonomous due to the increasing demand for university education by the wider membership of the society. The Centre became an independent department in January 2001 and has developed tremendously offering courses ranging from certificate to degree level programmes.
The Directorate which assumed its new name in August 2009 also engages in a variety of programmes that include seminars and workshops besides offering academic programmes through part-time face-to-face programmes and distance learning programmes as well as through affiliation of selected colleges.