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More powers to regional centres: KSOU

By M. Madan Mohan

DHARWAD, FEB. 26. The Karnataka State Open University is going to decentralise its activities and improve the system of the reaching out to students, according to Sudha Rao, Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Prof. Rao, who was here in connection with the inauguration of the new regional centre on the premises of the University Public School here, told The Hindu all the seven regional centres, which had been refurbished, would be linked to the headquarters obviating the need for students to go to the headquarters for their work. She said that it would be possible for the regional centres to perform the functions of admission, distribution of study material, arrange for contact programmes, and other services that may be required by the students. The university had also planned to start one contact programme at the regional centres through video for which a dish antenna has been provided.

Prof. Rao said that there were apprehensions of whether the number of enrolments to the university would decrease with several other universities starting distance education programmes. She said that though the number of enrolments had decreased by 30,000, post-graduate courses in general and M.A. in Kannada in particular had gained popularity. The university's Study Instruction Material had also become popular. The university has introduced a system of self-evalation, she added.

The university was making efforts to ensure that the study centres for different courses are located on the premises of reputed institutions. She said that four MBA programmes have been started in a study centre in a reputed institution, and major IT institutions have been brought for teaching BSIT and MSIT courses. The study centre for the B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses had been opened in reputed education colleges. The university had introduced a diploma course in creative teaching, she added.

New courses

The university will introduce five new science courses, including biotechnology, biochemistry, and psychology and statistics will be introduced for B.A. The university had also tied up with leading fine arts institutions in the country for imparting instructions for the six disciplines in fine arts, she added.

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