The University Grants Commission i.e., UGC is all set to send a delegation of officials from the Distance Education Bureau (DEB) to conduct an inspection of the Calicut University’s School of Distance Education before deciding on reinstating its recognition.
The UGC had cancelled the recognition of the varsity’s distance education programme for the 2015-16 academic year, citing violations of norms governing conduct of open and distance learning (ODL) programmes.
SDE students had accounted for majority of the three lakh students under the varsity. The varsity had to discontinue the SDE courses and convert the status of thousands of students under SDE to ‘private students’ following the UGC order.
The varsity had complied with the stipulations put forward by the UGC to regain recognition for distance education courses and had shut down over 200 counselling and programme centres.
This year the university has not issued any notification for degree admissions under SDE. As many as 60,000 students are waiting for admissions for degree courses under distance mode
The Calicut University is hopeful that the inspection by the UGC team would lead to a reinstatement of recognition of the various courses conducted by distance education.
“The inspection visit by the UGC team is very crucial for us. Though we had done a detailed presentation before the UGC authorities in July, they have now insisted on conducting an inspection of the facilities of SDE. We are making all preparations to ensure that all the UGC guidelines are met,” said SDE director V M Kannan. The inspection is expected to be held later this month.
In an effort to ensure compliance with UGC guidelines the SDE authorities said that a decision had been made to shift the library functioning in the Academic Staff College to the SDE.
The varsity will also set up an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) and dedicated lecture halls and faculty rooms at the new SDE building.
University sources said that meanwhile, the varsity has asked its standing counsel in the high court about the possibility of taking legal recourse to commence admission of students if the UGC decision is delayed further.