IT experts roped in to help varsity; tenders will be invited by year-end: VC
‘Even 61 years after Independence, higher education enrolment is 8 per cent’
‘Challenge is to increase higher education enrolment to 15 per cent before 2015’
MYSORE: The procedures for conducting admissions and examinations in Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), which is one among the 13 open universities in the country, will be fully computerised by March 2009. This will ensure error-free results and spot admissions.
Experts in information technology are helping the university in this endeavour, and tenders will be invited by the year-end, said B.A. Vivek Rai, Vice-Chancellor, KSOU, Mysore.
He told The Hindu that the IT experts who had been roped in as consultants to assist the university, were in the process of identifying the software that would be useful for the university’s format of admissions and examinations. The software should address the needs of all study centres, he said.
The computerisation of the admission procedure would facilitate spot admissions, which the university proposed to introduce, Prof. Rai added. Earlier, presiding over the inauguration of a basic audiovideo production training programme for the faculty of the KSOU, jointly organised by the university and the Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), here, Prof. Rai said the KSOU proposed to increase the number of days the personal contact programme (PCP) was held from next year. More interactive sessions would be conducted for the benefit of students, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor said that Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) had been requested to allow its faculty to make use of its Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology to run classes for its students. The exclusive interactive VSAT channel provides two-way video and two-way audio network facility.
Prof. Rai said the 13 open universities in the country had come together to make a difference in open and distance learning by sharing expertise and resources. He said that the major challenge before them was to increase the higher education enrolment to 15 per cent.
“Even 61 years after Independence, higher education enrolment in the country has not crossed 8 per cent. The real challenge is to meet the target of 15 per cent before 2015,” Prof. Rai said.