Staff Correspondent

Semester system to be introduced for PG programmes

Short-term courses for dropouts and unemployed youth planned

Independent campus on a 100-acre plot proposed

MYSORE: K.S. Rangappa, newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), on Wednesday announced that academic programmes in basic sciences would be introduced from the next academic year and semester system for all postgraduate courses from 2010-11.

Research programmes in science subjects under open distance learning (ODL) would also be introduced from next year. Measures would be taken to establish laboratories on the university campus, besides identifying state-of-the-art laboratories in places where it had study centres for the benefit of students, he told presspersons here. Prof. Rangappa said: “Being a person from science and research background, I will accord priority for science courses. Being a member of the panel on chemistry and research programmes of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), I will make efforts to introduce courses in the science stream, besides launching M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes.”

He said that there was scope for establishing laboratories on the campus. “If it does not materialise, we shall approach good labs of other institutions for imparting practical studies,” he said. Postgraduation in law had been planned from 2010-11.

Stating that short-term courses for dropouts, unemployed youth and graduates were being launched, the Vice-Chancellor said that industries would be invited for campus selection of meritorious students. Efforts would be made to broadcast study material across the State through the Gyan Vani FM Educational Channel, besides emphasising on teaching of its academic programmes through Edusat.

With the number of its students touching one lakh this year, the KSOU campus was getting congested. Plans were afoot to build a regional centre here to ease out pressure on the headquarters. “We are planning an independent university campus and a search is on for 100 acres of land for the purpose,” he said.

Prof. Rangappa said syllabus of PG courses (other than MBA) was being reworked to suit the semester system. The choice-based credit system would also be introduced from 2010-11. The KSOU would develop audio-visual CDs for all its academic programmes and supply them to students. For this purpose, the university would establish a studio of its own which would be funded by the Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi.