VC calls for a meeting of all study centre coordinators

The distance education wing of Madurai Kamaraj University here is to introduce MBA in aviation management.

Also, the varsity is identifying a private hospital in Madurai for tie-up to launch MBA in Hospital Management under distance education mode.

Various proposals of the Directorate of Distance Education of MKU have received ‘green signal' from the new Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan who reviewed the academic and administrative matters of the university's distance education wing in the last two days.

A. Thanikodi, Director of Distance Education, MKU, told The Hindu on Wednesday that the university is in the process of identifying a few institutions which have expertise in the field of aviation management so that MKU can finally select one institution for launching the two-year MBA (Aviation Management) course from coming academic year.

“We had a positive discussion with the new VC on Monday and she is bearing a positive frame of mind. The Vice-Chancellor gave approval for introducing 27 new courses through distance education of which the MBA programmes in aviation management and hospital management have good potential for student enrolment,” the Director has said.

According to him, the VC has called for a meeting of coordinators of all study centres of MKU in the State on April 23 and the coordinators of 37 study centres were asked to come to Madurai for the meeting.

The curriculum for new courses will soon be finalised by the Board of Studies and the Academic Council.

Dr. Thanikodi has said that the financial position of Directorate of Distance Education was also reviewed at the Monday meeting and “the Vice-Chancellor has expressed satisfaction on the availability of funds.”

The institutions in private sector for collaboration will be decided by the university through official procedures based on infrastructure availability. The new courses will be offered from June session of new academic year.

Various administrative issues of the Directorate came up for a discussion and the existing revenue sharing pattern with private institutions/individuals is set to be revamped. More focus will also be given to enhance the credibility and image of the distance education wing and its courses.