Govt. ordering on open courses can leave students hanging

The higher education prospects of thousands of students in the northern districts of Kerala are likely to be affected by the latest government order prohibiting the University of Calicut from inviting applications for open education courses and to distance and private registration methods.

On average, about 40,000 to 50,000 students apply for admissions, the highest in the state, to these courses per year. They include those who fail to secure places in subsidized and government colleges for various reasons and others who cannot afford the high tuition fees in self-funded colleges of arts and sciences. With the Plus Two results announced on Tuesday, many students may be left confused.

The Department of Higher Education had said in a circular that the state’s four major universities could only proceed with admissions if Sree Narayana Guru Open University did not gain recognition from the Office of Distance Education. from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for its distance learning. Classes.

UDF-aligned Syndicate member P. Rasheed Ahammed pointed out in a letter to Vice-Chancellor M.K. other socio-economic reasons. If the admission process for distance learning programs is delayed, students may have to apply to private universities. Moreover, the government had no idea how long it would have to wait for Sree Narayana Guru Open University to get UGC’s approval, he added.

AG Rajeevan, secretary of the Parallel College Association, said the government had virtually cut off higher education opportunities for a large group of students at a university now. He alleged that it could also be a way to attract students to self-funded colleges.

committee meeting tomorrow

Sources at the university, meanwhile, said a panel led by Mr Jayaraj would soon be formed to ask the government to allow the institution to allow admissions to these courses.

The Distance Education Union Standing Committee will meet on June 22 to discuss this. Committee chairman Ugin Morely said The Hindu Monday that the largest number of students seeking admission to distance education courses in the state were at the University of Calicut. “The approval of the UGC for the animation of these training courses is valid for five years. We still have four years left. We are currently running 14 undergraduate courses and 12 postgraduate courses. Even if the open university gets the UGC sanction, it will probably only get it for five or six courses, because the facilities there are still being prepared,” he pointed out.