Finally the wait for the Tamil Nadu Open University got over as University Grants Commission has granted recognition for the present academic session. Earlier, the University paused the process of issuing the admission form for its courses for 20 days but has now planned to resume the same from September 17 as the UGC has given the required sanction.
Chandrakantha Jeyabalan, Vice Chancellor of University told the media persons that University was waiting for the approval of newly introduced 63 courses since last three months out of which 20 UG and PG degree/recognition courses are being presented this scholastic year across its 200-plus study centres in the State and moreover so many affidavits have been submitted to UGC for recognition by the University.
She also said, “Due to a delay in granting institutional recognition, there were reports questioning the credibility of the institution. We wanted to assure the students that the university has recognition and would resume the application process from Thursday.”
Some of the newly launched courses include: Islamic studies, police administration, gerontology, archaeology and epigraphy, museology and conservation, child rights and child protection.
Amongst the newly launched 63 courses, 18 are skill based diploma/ certificate courses which have been introduced in the private community colleges. These colleges are approved by or affiliated to TNOU. In the present time, near about 217 community colleges have been set up in Tamil Nadu which are recognized by TNOU.
If the reports are to be believed, then in the last academic session a total of 15000 students graduated from the prestigious university and 95% of graduates of community colleges secured employment in a hassle free way without facing any hindrances.
Further Jeyabalan added that soon new buildings will be established in five zonal centres – Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Dharmapuri. Presently few centres are working out in rented buildings and Rs 20 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of these buildings along with constituent community colleges. For this the Vice Chancellor said, “Since the UGC insists on administrative processes being carried out by the main universities instead of the study centres, we decided to have more zonal centres for easy accessibility to students across the state.”
The recognition of TNOU, Annamalai University and Hindi Prachar Sabha was cancelled by UGC as they violated the laid down rules and regulations in offering open and distance learning (ODL) programmes. The same was told by the Union Human Resources Minister Smriti Irani earlier.