Staff Correspondent

University launched the programme in 2004-05

  • B.A., B.Com., and B.B.M. courses and postgraduate courses in Economics and Commerce are being offered
  • 147 students enrolled themselves in 2004-05, and of them, 92 were women
  • Three study centres have been opened outside the university campus

    MANGALORE: Students from rural areas, mainly women, are in the forefront in seeking higher education under the distance education programme of Mangalore University.

    The university started its distance education programme in 2004-05 by offering B.A., B. Com., and B.B.M. degree courses and postgraduate courses in Economics and Commerce. A total of 147 students enrolled for these courses in the same year. Of them, 92 were women. Of the total number of students, 70 per cent were from rural areas, G.V. Joshi, Director, Directorate of Distance Education of the university, told The Hindu.

    During 2005-06, 173 students enrolled for these courses. Of them, 118 candidates were women. Of the total students, 74 per cent were from rural areas. Thus, there was an increase in the number of students from rural areas in seeking higher education, Dr. Joshi said.

    Considering the quality of education being offered by the university, the Distance Education Council of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) released Rs. 30 lakh to the directorate in two years to strengthen the programme. The university had constituted an advisory committee to look into the distance education programme.

    One of the objectives of introducing the distance education programme was to take higher education to the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society. This was being realised, he said.

    Dr. Joshi said the university had opened study centres at the University College in Hampankatta, Mangalore; Upendra Pai Memorial College in Udupi; and Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College in Madikeri.

    The university was not keen on opening more study centres now, but wanted to strengthen the existing system, he said.

    The directorate had plans to offer Sociology, Kannada, History, English and Political Science courses through distance education, he said.