Madras varsity gets approval for 30 distance education courses

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UGC issues circular listing the programmes which will be offered
The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Distance Education Bureau has issued a circular on the number of online courses that universities, including deemed-to-be ones, can offer this academic year.

The University of Madras has been allowed to offer 30 programmes and Anna University three. These include undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Madurai Kamaraj University has been permitted to offer 25 programmes whereas the Physical Education and Sports University will offer two programmes — B.Sc and M.Sc in Yoga.

The permission comes in the backdrop of the Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Association’s rejection of the UGC’s proposal to adopt blended learning. Association president T. Veeramani said teachers were against online education. The proposal to offer 40% of courses online could render teachers without jobs in the long run, he said, and added that, “Teachers can be anywhere. We do not know who will get the job of teaching students online.”

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