The University Grants Commission (UGC) is planning to gradually phase out all the distance education study centres in order to bring in the massive open online courses centers(MOOCs), said H Devaraj, vice chairman of UGC.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 31 convocation ceremony at the Bharathidasan University here on Tuesday, Devaraj said that UGC is planning a new approach with the introduction of several innovative programmes. The National Information Education Communication Technology will roll out the online programs, which will function from a data centre that has been set up in Ahmadabad, he said.
The inclusive approach, which the Commission had adopted for the past 60 years, will be gradually replaced in favour of a progressive approach, he said. In the inclusive approach, areas and communities found to suffer from low access to education were given special focus, and policies were rolled out to increase enrollment in these areas. Community colleges in the country will be collaborated as part of the MOOCs programme to increase their relevance, he said, where students would be employee-friendly from the moment they pass out.
The vice chairman further said that 35 universities in the country had applied for excellence status, out of which 15 were from Tamil Nadu. A total of seven universities were selected, which were then narrowed down to fiur- Anna university, Bharathidasan, Bharathiar Alagappa University. These have been called for an interview on January 19, he stated.
An institution which obtains the recognition of centre of excellence is eligible to receive Rs 150 crore for its development.
Bringing in accountability in all universities in the country will pave way for progression at the national level, Devaraj said. Instead of permanent faculty positions, performance-based recruitment and incentive have to be provided, which will enhance the quality of teaching in all the educational institutions. Ministry of human resource development has taken an initiative to improve and transform higher education with the implementation of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), he said.
source : – timesofindia
At the convocation, 606 students were presented their degrees. Governor K Roasiah, minister for higher education P Palaniappan and vice-chancellor V M Muthukumar lauded the students and urged them to make the world better with their innovations.