Syndicate members object to BU starting distance education programmes

Four Bharathiar University Syndicate members have raised objections to starting distance education programmes through learning support centres (LSCs).

The University had called for expression of interests from colleges in the State to start LSCs to offer the programmes. Around 45 colleges had evinced interests and were to sign agreements with the University in the coming days.

Four Syndicate members wrote to the registrar on September 5 stating that the University should not go ahead with signing agreements with colleges without securing the University Grants Commission’s approval as programmes offered would be invalid.

“The Learning Support Centres are yet to be approved by the UGC and it would be fair on the part of the University to get the approval before signing the MOU [agreements] with affiliated colleges, as failure to do so will lead to students getting degrees without the recognition of UGC, which will be invalid in the eyes of law and UGC.”

They have also taken objection to the University demanding Rs. 1 lakh from those colleges that had agreed to ink the agreement to start the LSCs.

“This subject was not discussed either in the Syndicate or in the [Syndicate] sub-committee on distance education. Hence this may be processed after getting approval.”

The Syndicate members’ third objection was the University’s plan to inspect colleges outside its jurisdiction (colleges affiliated to other State universities) before granting approval for LSCs. As colleges affiliated to other State universities, it would not be fair on the part of the Bharathiar University to inspect the colleges as it questioned the status of the affiliating universities and their approval in their territory.

They have asked the registrar to get the Syndicate’s approval of the list of courses to be offered through the LSCs, not offer lab-oriented courses and explicitly state in the degree certificates that they were distance education programmes. Registrar in-charge B. Vanitha said the University had not signed any agreement on Wednesday after taking into consideration the Syndicate members’ objections. It would decide on the next course of action in the coming days.

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