An attempt is being made to bring the best of campus resources and distance learning to students.
Four Tiruchi colleges have embraced the concept of convergence that the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) promotes between the conventional university system and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system, for optimal utilisation of infrastructure and knowledge resources in order to widen opportunities for higher education.
National College, Bishop Heber College, Jamal Mohamed College and Shrimati Indira Gandhi College, will be offering various postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate diploma and certificate programmes of IGNOU for their own students and others from the current academic year.
But for MBA for which admissions would be made on the basis of the entrance test conducted by the IGNOU, for the rest of the programmes, colleges can exercise the flexibility of admitting candidates on their own. In addition to MBA, Jamal Mohamed College will offer another professional course, B.Ed, as well for a two-year duration, admitting students on the basis of their scores in the IGNOU entrance test.
These colleges have decided to encourage first-year students to acquire an additional degree at the levels of graduation and postgraduation concurrently. Bharathidasan University is open to the idea of effecting credit transfer for students taking up the IGNOU programmes, vice-chancellor M. Ponnavaikko told EducationPlus.
Alongside offering sought-after undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the convergence set-up, Bishop Heber College, which houses the Tiruchi Centre of IGNOU, also has plans to offer several PG diploma programmes including Library Automation and Networking, Rural Development, Journalism and Mass Communication, Disaster Management, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Financial Management. German Language is one among the certificate programmes to be offered.
Likewise, Jamal Mohamed College has identified 31 programmes including B.Com, B.Sc. Computer Science, BCA and Bachelor of Social Work, and Diploma courses in Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights, said principal M. Sheik Mohamed.
National College has identified 12 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including BCA, MCA, B.Com. and B.A. English Literature, principal K. Anbarasu said. The college has the idea of encouraging students in other disciplines to pursue B.A. English Literature, to obtain dual degree. An additional degree of B.Com. will be ideal for those pursuing B.A. History and Economics in the conventional mode, he felt.
Classes for the students admitted for IGNOU’s programmes would be conducted after the college hours and/or during week-ends. Once the concept is explained well, there would be many more takers among the students for the programmes, observed the principal of Srimathi Indira Gandhi College, K. Meena.
The college has started off with offering certificate programmes in Functional English, and Computing and Laboratory Techniques. The response from students has been quite encouraging since they have realised the imperative need to communicate well and know about computer operations for landing a good job, she said.