Tamil Nadu Open University has waiting for long 3 months for its recognition from UGC, which finally got granted by the body recently. The university had to stop giving away admission forms for its courses for the period of 20 days due to the recognition issue, but it has now resumed its admission form distribution.
According to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Chandrakantha Jeyabalan, the university has introduced 63 new courses after it got the recognition confirmed. Among these 20 UG and PG courses are being introduced through this academic year by the university. Islamic Study, Police administration, gerontology, archaeology and epigraphy, museology and conservation, child rights and child protection are some of the courses that would get initiated from the academic session.
Skill based diploma and certificate courses like childhood care and education, acupuncture sciences, apparel and fashion design, catering assistant etc. are also being included under the banner of the university. These courses would undergo in the private community colleges under the Tamil Nadu Open University over the state. Currently there are 217 such community colleges across the entire state.
The Open University has pointed out that more than 95 percent of the students of these community colleges have secured employment after passing out. For new community colleges and its construction around five zonal centres namely Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Dharmapuri there is an allocation of Rs. 20 crore by the state government.
Earlier the Union Human Resource Minister, Smriti Irani had said that recognition of TNOU, Annamali University and Hindi Prachar Sabha would get canceled as they have violated norms of offering open and distance learning programmes in the country. VC of TNOU, Jeyabalan said that UGC has come convinced by the affidavits submitted by the university regarding this matter and has approved recognition for the university.