The Calicut University students who are planning to get themselves enrolled in the School of Distance Education (SDE) can brace themselves as the varsity has increased the number of SDE study centers from 11 to 24. This move will help more than two lakh students of the Calicut University.
It is believed that the increase in the number of the study centers will help in providing contact classes to more SDE students. The varsity has also doubled the number of examination centres under SDE. The decision would also help to accommodate 27,000 students in private registration mode who changed their registration to SDE mode last year to comply with UGC guidelines.
"The varsity has taken several steps to streamline the academic processes at SDE to bring about qualitative changes and it was decided to make contact classes mandatory for distance education students. We also provide study materials both online as well as in printed format," Sivadasan P, director of SDE, said.
In 2015, the Calicut University had discontinued the SDE courses after UGC withdrew the recognition for open and distance learning programmes following non-compliance of UGC guidelines. The varsity has decided to use the 12 Calicut University Teacher Education Centres (CUTEC) as SDE study centres. Dr. John Matthai Centre of the varsity at Thrissur will also be used as a study centre. With the functioning of more centres, additional 2,100 students can be accommodated at a time.
Apart from the 19-dedicated faculty under the SDE, teachers from affiliated colleges are also being roped in to provide contact classes. As per UGC guidelines, around 10 hours of contact classes are to be provided for each paper for SDE students. The recruitment of 15 additional faculties for seven PG and UG courses is almost over. The UGC had earlier denied approval for the courses citing faculty shortage.