IGNOU looks at tie-up with self-financing colleges

KOCHI: Nearly 24 years after St Albert’s College allowed Indira Gandhi Countrywide Open College (Ignou) to installation a take a look at centre within the campus as part of its social outreach programme, the University has asked Ignou to transport out causing inconvenience to over four,000 college students who’re reading nearly 50 courses on the centre.

“The College control, in a letter, knowledgeable that they would love to stop the look at centre at the College. While we sent several letters asking for them to reconsider the decision, they wrote a letter declaring that no Ignou hobby might be taken up at the centre from January 1, 2017,” stated M Rajesh, local director, Ignou regional centre, Kochi.

However, St Albert’s government claimed that with autonomy, their range of sports had extended and it became difficult for them to accommodate Ignou. “With the College getting autonomy, the workload of instructors and personnel have improved and it isn’t always possible for us to run the examine centre at the campus,” said St Albert’s College supervisor Fr Antony Arackal.

But this isn’t always entirely genuine as the University rarely shared its coaching and nonteaching group of workers with Ignou. The classes and lab for students enrolled at Ignou are performed on Saturday and Sunday. “With College readying a prime expansion plan, it is not feasible to share centers,” stated a University team of workers.

The Ignou centre ran ex clusive and popular guides like BA and MA in psychology that attracted many students every 12 months, except BSc in physics, chemistry and lifestyles sciences. While each 12 months, nearly 500 college students enrol for BA psychology on the centre, Almost 300 college students opt for BSc chemistry, physics and life sciences.

“We’ve now requested Sacred Heart University, Thevara, to take in BSc in phy sics, chemistry and existence sciences programmes and are watching for a response. It’s miles a logistic nightmare for us. We’re looking to accommodate students at the nearest possible centre,” stated Rajesh.
Already June admissions at the University’s centre had been stalled and students who had joined in January 2016 will be allowed to wait classes till December 31.


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Ignou authorities admit that they can not begin the direction anywhere as they should hold exceptional, ensure proper instructors and labs for the guides. “We are now additionally looking at self-financing faculties affiliated to a University. But, the problem of lease is a trouble as we do not provide rent. We handiest align with establishments that have a social orientation,” brought Rajesh.
The MoU entered among IGNOU and schools is such that the University will offer space to set up a take a look at centre free of price. Ignou can pay a mean sum of Rs 1,000 per month as electricity and water fees. also, Rs 10 according to scholar per hour is paid for utilization of University pc except Rs 550 in line with scholar for the usage of technology lab for 15 days.