Intl meet on distance learning at KSOU

The Karnataka State Open University is organising a three-day first ever international conference on ‘Open and distance learning in global environment, issues and challenges,’ between September 21 and 23 at its premises.

Addressing reporters here on Wednesday, KSOU vice chancellor K S Rangappa said, delegates from all over the world numbering nearly 500 will participate in the conference.

From a mere 70,000 admissions two years back , it has gone up to two lakh now. The KSOU is gearing up to meet this demand by coming up with an adminstration bhavan, science bhavan and convocation hall shortly, he said.

“A gathering of this volume wherein academicians and theoreticians from world over will share the current scenario in the field of open distance learning and contributes in raising the standard globally. It is only when distance and conventional courses are blended will the target of 30 per cent rate of higher education be reached in the country,” said Rangappa.

In the open university scheme there are three types, distance learning, face to face learning (flexi time) and online learning. KSOU now offers the ICT (information communication technology) mode of learning where a person who sits in the village can go online and learn, he said.

In all out of 14 state open universities, 12 are participating along with a few conventional universities in the state. “The idea to hold such a convention is to try to follow the best practises all over the world. The delegates will focus on the main theme both at the macro and micro level, to come out with a consensus on bench marking on various aspects of open learning,” he said. 

Governor H R Bharadwaj will preside. The conference will be inaugurated by Ignou vice chancellor prof V N Rajshekharan Pillai and chief executive officer, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada John Daniel will deliver the keynote address. Stamenka Uvali-Trumbic, chief HED/AMQ, Unesco, Paris, England, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, president and vice chancellor, Malaysian Open Univeristy, Malaysia, prof B K Moorthy, director, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and vice chancellors of all open universities will participate, he said.

Online MBA

KSOU is offering online MBA programme which will begin from October. The course fee will be Rs 40,000 per year, said KSOU vice chancellor K S Rangappa. The offline course which it is offering however, now costs just Rs 12,500 per year. Master in tourism administration (MTA) will also be started from the next academic year. Free courses have been started for Stree Shakti groups and to farmers.

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