Since the Tamil Nadu Open University has been granted recognition by the UGC for the current academic year, the TNOU has announced that it will resume admission process. TNOU has been issuing admission forms from Thursday, September 17, 2015 for admission to the current academic year. The university was granted recognition from UGC on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, it had been waiting for the approval for more than 3 months.
TNOU vice-chancellor Chandrakantha Jeyabalan said the university had earlier submitted affidavits to UGC for recognition. "Due to a delay in granting institutional recognition, there were reports questioning the credibility of the institution. We wanted to assure the students that the university has recognition and would resume the application process from Thursday," she said.
The VC of TNOU announced that the university offers 63 new coures of which 20 are undergraduate programmes and the other are PG degree/diploma courses. These courses are being introduced across all the study centres of TNOU in the state.
Of the 63 new courses, 18 skill-based diploma/ certificate courses are being introduced exclusively in the private community colleges that are approved by or affiliated to TNOU. At present, there are 217 such community colleges across Tamil Nadu.
The 18 programmes include courses on childhood care and education, acupuncture science, apparel and fashion design, and catering assistant. The university said that more than 95% of graduates of community colleges had secured employment. A total of 15,000 students graduated from the university last year.
The university has sanctioned 20 crore for the construction of these buildings along with constituent community colleges.
"Since the UGC insists on administrative processes being carried out by the main universities instead of the study centres, we decided to have more zonal centres for easy accessibility to students across the state," she said.TNOU, which has applied for the 12-B status of academic excellence, is awaiting approval from UGC after an expert panel committee recently inspected the campus.