: The Senate meeting of Madurai Kamaraj University held on Thursday was devoid of the usual fiery debates save for a few interventions by a handful of members who raised doubts and pointed out mistakes.

The meeting began with the vice-chancellor reading out a report in her capacity as the chairperson of the Senate. It was followed by complimentary motions moved by some of the Senate members who hailed her achievements. Then, more than 26 items listed in the agenda were taken up for discussion and adoption.

A majority of the items were related to introduction of 107 undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and certificate courses to be offered through Directorate of Distance Education (DDE).

One of the members, C. Chandran, insisted that the university should not compromise on quality of education while offering new courses which would augment revenue.

He said that a majority of students who undertook distance education courses lacked employability skills. Replying to it, the vice-chancellor said: “By increasing the number of courses, we are not going to dilute the quality.”

K. Ravichandran, also a Senate member, said many degrees offered by the MKU’s DDE were recognised even by foreign employers.

One of the resolutions passed related to amending a provision of the Madurai Kamaraj University Act and incorporating the words ‘in respect of Distance Education of Madurai Kamaraj University the area of coverage for the academic programmes shall be all over India and the world.’

Another member K. Krishnan wondered how the issue relating to introduction of new diploma and certificate courses in zoology and biology could have been placed before the academic council held on March 7 even before it got ratified by the Syndicate on March 21.

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