The University Grants Commission (UGC) has accorded recognition to University of Kerala for offering programmes in open and distance learning (ODL) for 25 subjects from the academic year 2017-18. The decision comes two years after UGC had withdrawn the recognition of the university to conduct programmes through distance education mode during the academic year 2015-16
UGC had communicated to vice chancellors of 127 universities in the country in May 2015 stating that submission of the affidavit shall be a pre-condition for continuation of recognition for the academic year 2015- 16. Recognition of some of the universities were withdrawn as the varsities failed to comply with this condition.
Kerala University had submitted the affidavit after it received a letter regarding withdrawal of recognition for conducting distance education courses. In the latest communication sent to the registrar of the university, Megha Kaushik, education officer said that recognition has been accorded to the university to offer 25 programmes through distance education mode for two academic years: 2017-18 and 2018-19. The university had done a presentation before the high-powered distance education committee in July 2016 as part of the proposal submitted for consideration of recognition.
It has been directed that the university shall abide by the terms and conditions while offering the programmes through distance learning mode in accordance with the affidavit dated 24-12-16 which was submitted by Dr K Madhukumar, registrar of the university.
The university has been directed to follow the norms prescribed by the regulatory bodies such as UGC, AICTE, NCTE and seek their approval whenever required. The university shall not start new programmes without prior approval of UGC and other regulatory authorities concerned in anticipation of recognition.