Around six lakh students who enrolled for distance education courses at University of Madras from 1980-81 to 2013-14, will get only two more chances to clear arrears and earn the degrees. Meanwhile, a new regulation by the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) will soon give just two-year extra window for UG and PG students to complete degrees.
“In the wake of new guidelines, we wanted to give a final opportunity for around six lakh candidates who have enrolled in distance education programmes since 1980-81 and are yet to receive their degrees,” said K Ravichandran, director, Institute of Distance Education (IDE), University of Madras.
Students will get a chance in December 2019 and another in May 2020 to clear backlogs. “If they are not able to clear their arrears in two chances, the candidates have options to convert the degrees into certificate courses and diplomas,” he added.
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Candidates who clear four papers will get certificates, and clearing eight core papers will get them diplomas. They can also enrol to the courses again and need not sit for exams of subjects they cleared previously.
“The university offered basic sciences and professional degree courses in the distance mode. Many of the courses have been scrapped now while some are old. We need to work with subject experts to set question papers and evaluate answer scripts. It will involve a lot of work,” Ravichandran said.
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The university is now receiving online applications from students of older batches and will continue to do so till November 22. Students pursuing professional degrees have to pay Rs 10,000, and PG and UG students Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 as exam fee to the IDE. Candidates will be allotted exam centres along with regular students within Tamil Nadu.
The institute also commenced admissions for calendar year 2020 on November 8. During the academic year admissions in June/July, more than 21,000 students enrolled, which is 10,000 more than last year, said the IDE director. While MBA, MCA attracted more than 40% candidates, courses like psychology, BCom, MCom and cyber forensics saw high interest too.
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