The University of Calicut is expected to begin the admission process to 18 courses under the School of Distance Education soon.
This follows an order from the Kerala High Court on Thursday. A case had been filed in the court against the lack of state government approval for both the University of Kerala and University of Calicut to conduct courses for which the Sreenarayana Guru Open University had not sought approval.
Previously, the university had permission to run 25 courses. Seven language courses have since been removed from the list.
According to Syndicate sources, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the university to submit a report by Nov. 15 following a call for applications for the distance learning courses. The university was previously asked to submit the report by October 31. So the authorities planned to start the admission procedure for the nine courses that the government had allowed her. With the court allowing admission to an additional nine courses, an admission notice is likely to be issued for all of these courses in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Ugin Morely, chairman of the Syndicate’s Distance Learning Standing Committee, said efforts were underway to launch at least 10 online undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Classes could start in January next year. Discussions are underway to decide which digital platform will be used for this. The university is also making efforts to get government approval to start branch campuses abroad.