<!-- Commented out because image was deleted: -->The SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL)
is a regional cooperation agency set up under the auspices of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
(SAARC) with the objectives of promoting cooperation and collaboration among institutions imparting knowledge through open and distance learning within member states, and promoting its use as a viable and cost effective method of imparting quality education at all levels.
During the Tenth SAARC Summit
held in Colombo
, Sri Lanka
, a declaration was made on July 31, 1998 that; amongst other matters; mandated the establishment of a SAARC Forum of Vice Chancellors of Open Universities
. This Forum, consisting of regional leaders in the field, should strengthen cooperation in areas such as the sharing and joint development of programmes, credit transfers for specific programmes and the translation of existing programmes .
The Forum first met in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 25-27, 1999 and during the course of the meeting, deliberated in depth the operational modalities of the Forum including its objectives and membership. A Task Force, comprising the four Vice-Chancellors of Bangladesh
and Sri Lanka
and delegates from Bhutan
, was formed which recommended, inter alia, that the organisation be designated as the SAARC Consortium of Open and......