A team led by University of Calicut Pro-Vice-Chancellor Mr Nasser plans to meet with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on June 28 to express concerns over a recent government order prohibiting the institution to begin admissions to open and distance learning and private enrollment courses. fashions.
This was decided at a meeting of the Union’s Standing Committee on Distance Learning which was held on Wednesday. Sources said The Hindu that although Vice Chancellor M.K. Jayaraj was supposed to lead the delegation earlier, this plan had to be changed as he was to travel to New Delhi to meet with officials from the National Teacher Training Council. The team includes Syndicate members MM Narayanan, KK Haneefa, Tom K. Thomas and Ugin Morely, who is also the chairman of the standing committee. The team would try to highlight the importance of distance learning courses provided by the University of Calicut for Malabar students.
The Department of Higher Education had stated in its circular that the universities of Calicut, Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi and Kannur would only be able to effect admissions to these courses if the Sree Narayana Guru Open University did not obtain the recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC) Distance Education Office for its distance education courses.
The sources said that the open university has requested permission from UGC for only five postgraduate courses under the distance learning category, while Calicut University already holds 12 such courses. The same was true for undergraduate courses. A large number of students, who may not be admitted to government and subsidized college courses, feared for their future, they added.