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Kuvempu varsity to start Distance Education Scheme

By Our Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA July 30. Kuvempu University will start courses under the Distance Education Scheme on the lines of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from the academic year 2002-03.

This scheme will offer external courses and the open university system offering M.A., M.Sc., and M.Com. under the scheme. The scheme is proposed to be extended to undergraduate level gradually, the Vice-Chancellor, K.Chidananda Gowda, has said.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, he said the PG courses in Kannada, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, History, Archaeology, Mathematics, and Commerce would be started under the scheme.

Prof. Gowda said any person, who possessed B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., and B.B.M. degrees from any university, was eligible to take admission for the postgraduate course. Under the open university course any person who was of 21 years was eligible to take admission for PG course. Similarly a person who had attained 18 years of age would be eligible to take admission for UG courses.

The Vice-Chancellor said the Advisory Council, headed by the Registrar, had been constituted which comprised the Chairperson of the every PG department concerned, Registrar (Evaluation), Finance Officer, and Regional Coordinator of IGNOU as Members. S.A.Bari, Head of the PG Department of History and Archaelogy, was the Convenor and Director of Distance Education Scheme, he said.

The courses offered at the PG-level would be non-semester annual courses, he said and added that for the convenience of external students and to impart quality education the Distance Education Scheme would conduct counselling and orientation courses in Chitradurga, Chikmagalur, and Davangere, in addition to the university campus at Shankaraghatta.

He said the examination rules for these courses would be in accordance with the existing examination rules. Names for these courses should be registered by the end of August, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said the Distance Education Scheme was started for the convenience of those who could not get admission for regular PG courses. He said PG courses could be offered at various places simultaneously under the scheme, which was being imparted by the IGNOU and the Karnataka Open University.

Prof. Gowda said though the area of operation of the Distance Education Scheme had been restricted to the university's jurisdiction spread over Shimoga, Chitradurga, Chikmagalur, and Davangere districts, it was intended to be extended to the entire country.

Denying the impression that external students would not be treated on par with the regular students by the teaching staff, he said there was no change as far as the quality of teaching for these two categories of students was concerned. He claimed that the fees for PG courses under the Distance Education Scheme, which had been fixed at Rs. 3,150, was comparatively lower than that of other universities. The Registrar, Praveenchandra Pandey, and the Director of the Distance Education Scheme, S.A.Bari, were present.

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