Education in modern times is changing rapidly due to rapid changes in the society. India is a democratic society where every citizen has the right to get education from the primary to the university level. The state must fulfill the needs and aspirations of the people for acquiring education. In the early 1990s, only 5% of the total eligible population enrolled in higher education institutions of India. A developing country like India cannot afford that a large segment of its population be deprived of higher education only because its colleges and universities have no place for them. The introduction of education through correspondence helped to some extent to reach the students who could not attend regular classes. However, the demand for higher education could not be fulfilled through Correspondence Courses Institutions (CCIs). It needed a long-term and effective strategy. Thus, it was at the right juncture of time that the open learning system entered The open and distance learning system because of its inbuilt learner friendly features and flexibilities has the potential to enable the learners to deal with the challenging and difficult situations and thus help them in reducing the stress as compare to their counterpart in the conventional system. Besides highlighting the basic principles and dimensions of stress management, the proposed paper will focus on the features of the ODL system which help in reducing the stress among the learners and also to prepare them to handle the adverse situations in life. It will also highlight the different areas of the ODL system that need to be redesigned so that the teaching-learning and life skill development takes place simultaneously. The related issues and challenges in doing so will also be discussed in this paper.
 Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Pt.J.N.PG. College. Banda.U.P.