UGC withdraws recognition of Calicut University for ODL Programmes

Open and distance learning

In a major event, University Grant Commission has made a decision to withdraw its recognition from Calicut University. The same has also been applicable to Karnataka State Open University. Affiliation provided by UGC of both these universities for distance education program has been removed completely. According to the officials, the commission has taken this extreme step to withdraw its recognition due to numerous allegations. It is also learnt from an official statement that the following universities did not abide by the guidelines.

It is mandatory for a university to take an oath before magistrate or notary to offer Open and Distance Learning (ODL) program , accepting the terms and conditions of UGC. Also the university has to face consequences if they fail to obey the guidelines. UGC has issued an updated list of the universities across the nation dated 1st September, 2015 which also includes Kerala University who all are soon to relive of the affiliation to offer distance education by UGC. The following varsity officials however stated that they have taken all necessary steps possible to get back UGC recognition.

Vice Chancellors of as many as 127 universities from all over the country has been informed about the violation of the UGC guidelines. All these universities are directed to submit the pre-requisites affidavits in order for the continuation of recognition. As per the notice, some universities are yet to submit the prescribed documents for the Open and Distance Learning program.

Calicut University is among one of the universities who have failed to submit the required affidavit resulting in the cancellation of recognition. Future of approximately 2 lakh students studying under Calicut University are at stake. Till now around 20,000 students has already been enrolled under Caicut University’s under-graduate program in distance education for the academic session 2015-16. And now with the UGC decision to withdraw the recognition of the university has left many of the students confused about their future.

T.A. Abdul, Calicut University’s Registrar however mentioned that the university has not received any official notice from UGC regarding the withdrawn of recognition. According to the university sources, the School of Distance Education has not submitted any affidavit to the UGC as they are not offering courses as per draft affidavit of the commission.

However, as per the UGC guidelines a university cannot offer courses beyond the jurisdiction of the varsity. There are almost 9 centres of Calicut University running outside the state and other centres across various district of the state.

The university has to submit the necessary documents for the continuation of recognition for the academic session 2015-16, also the varsity has to abide by the guidelines for not offering any new courses without the approval of UGC.

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