Calicut University has decided to begin private registration for the students who are seeking admissions into the distance education courses offered by the varsity.
The step was taken when the approval for offering the courses was delayed by the UGC. Calicut University has the largest number of students around 1.5 lakhs in the state under the distance education mode.
In the view of setting up an open university by the government, CU had not applied for extending the UGC recognition of its open and distance learning (ODL) for the academic year 2020-21.
Soon, the varsity decided to resume ODL courses after the high court stayed the provisions in the Sree Narayana Guru Open University ordinance which prohibits other varsities across the state from offering distance education courses.
Following the commencement of the courses by Open University, the state government had approved Calicut University and Kerala University to offer distance education courses.
Later, CU sought the approval of UGC for offering UG & PG courses for the academic session 2021 under distance education mode by submitting an application.
In October 2020, UGC had approved continuing the recognition of ODL programmes offered by Kerala University for another year from July 2020.
Therefore, the syndicate of Calicut University has decided to resume the private registration for the students who will be shifted to distance education mode once UGC approves the application.
A Syndicate member of CU and convenor of the standing committee on distance education aid, Ugin Morely said that the varsity will commence the process of private registration from December onwards. This step is taken for the students so that they don't lose their academic year.
He added that CU officials are hopeful that UGC will give a nod to the distance education courses and then the admitted students under private registration will be shifted to distance education mode.