UGC approval for more Distance Education Courses – The University Grant Commission (UGC) has given permission to Tamil Nadu Open University , Tamil University and SRM Institute of Science and Technology (deemed to be university) to run distance education program in addition to University of Madras and Anna University
Following the October 3 decision, students from across the state can register themselves for courses at these universities right from the current academic year i.e. 2018-19 session
In its August 2 decision, the UGC had taken a stern view of institutes offering distance education program and had granted approval only to three courses of University of Madras, one course of Anna University and thirty eight courses of TNOU. The SRM and Tamil University were not permitted to run even a single course. The statutory body mention various shortcomings including inadequate staff and availability of course in the regular mode as reasons for denying permission to the institutions.
According to report by TOI, the universities appealed to the UGC after making the required rectifications, following which University of Madras has been allowed to offer 35 courses, Anna University 3, TNOU 82, Tamil University 15 and SRM 5
The TNOU Vice Chancellor M. Bhaskaran said that the TNOU has the maximum number of recognised distance education courses in the country”. The university, which has begun admission for its distance education programs, now offers courses such as MBA, MCA, Bachelor of special education and BA (drama and theatre).
The lists of programs on offer by the universities are available on their website.