General continuing education is similar to adult education , at least in being intended for adult learners, especially those beyond traditional undergraduate college or university age. However, remember, people in power always try to do the same: If India gets a BJP government at the centre next year, invariably they would start tinkering with the education system and impose their versions of what students should learn (and, indeed, Congress did this too).
Supriyo, from your profile it appears that you are based out of London and work in the British education sector Since you are getting your paychecks from the British Education system, for the purposes of this article/discussion it would make you an interested party and not a neutral/impartial observer.
Here at UNLV Continuing Education, we design and develop innovative and comprehensive courses for your professional advancement, personal enrichment, professional certification, and skill enhancement through workshops, classes, seminars and conferences.
However, many continuing education programs make heavy use of distance learning , which not only includes independent study, but can also include videotaped / CD-ROM material, broadcast programming or Online Education which has more recently dominated the distance learning community.
Within the domain of continuing education, professional continuing education is a specific learning activity generally characterized by the issuance of a certificate or continuing education units (CEU) for the purpose of documenting attendance at a designated seminar or course of instruction.