distance learning: 80% increase in admissions to distance learning courses at Madras University

CHENNAI: Enrollment in distance-mode programs at Madras University jumped 80% from last year in what is seen as a welcome return to pre-Covid levels. While 12,000 students enrolled in such programs in 2020-21, the number is 22,000 in 2021-22.

The MBA program has attracted the most admissions, with 8,000 students in 2021-22.


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“The number of admissions has increased to the pre-pandemic level. Besides the MBA, courses like M Com, B Com, M Sc (Cyber ​​Forensics), MSc (Counselling Psychology) and BA (English) are very requested,” said K Ravichandran. , director of the university’s Institute for Distance Education (IDE). IDE offers 16 UG programs, 22 PG programs, 21 degree programs, and 16 certificate programs. With more than a month to go until admissions close, officials expect the numbers to surpass those recorded before the pandemic.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has enabled IDE to offer BBA, B Com, M Com, BA (French), and MA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Administration, Anthropology, Economics, and English.

The university will start registration after preparing the infrastructure and video lectures. “Certificate courses like design thinking, artificial intelligence like in IITs and IIMs will be offered in the future,” Vice Chancellor S Gowri said.

The university applied to UGC, seeking to offer 11 new degree programs, focused on skills and employment, and has yet to get the green light.

It has partnered with the Consortium for Educational Communication at UGC to offer seven new certificate courses and three diploma courses. “In addition to employment-oriented courses, we also want to offer courses that will train socially conscious citizens with ethical values,” the Vice-Chancellor added.

After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, IDE organized exams in online mode for students. Now, the mode of upcoming exams will be decided based on the prevailing situation, officials said.