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UGC approves 14 Distance courses in Karnataka State Women's University

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UGC approves 14 distance courses in KSWU
University of Grants Commission (UGC) has approved 14 distance courses in Karnataka State Women's University (KSWU), Bijapur.

KSWU will provide admissions to 14 distance / correspondence courses in various discipline from this academic year 2013.

University, Vice-chancellor, Meena Chandavarkar, said "University is hoping to get permission for more courses in the coming days, It is the lone women's university of the state and sixth in the country."

The distance courses are approved in B.A (Regular), B.A in English, B.Com, Bachelor of Social Work, B.Sc, BBA, Kannada, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, M.A in Women Studies, M.Com, MBA in Marketing, Finance and HRD.

The university will have separate Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) board for the distance / correspondence courses.

Prof. Chandavarkar said that the University has the syllabus for correspondence courses in Kannada as rural girls are not always good at English. She said that many institutions that offer distance education have the syllabus in English, thus acting as hurdle for rural students to pursue higher education.

"One of the reasons why distance education is undermined is because it does not have enough practical aspects. To overcome this, the University will hold more contact programmes and practical classes in order to empower students with the same experience and knowledge that students of regular classes gain," she said.

"Students from rural areas of North Karnataka that are socio-economically backward face hardship in pursuing higher education. We see many girls discontinuing their education after Pre-University. Distance education courses being offered by our University will act as catalyst to help them continue their studies," she asserted.

Prof. Chandavarkar also said that the University is already charging less compared to other Universities in the State, and the policy will be continued even for distance education.

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