KSOU to introduce choice based credit system from next year

Semester system for PG programmes from 2010-11


Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, he said the world’s two best open universities are located in United Kingdom and Israel and all efforts would be made to take the KSOU at least near to those varsities.

“Already, semester scheme has been in vogue for MBA course and the same would be extended for other PG courses too. The varsity is in the process of preparing the syllabi to suit the semester scheme. Any shortfalls in the current system would be addressed and steps would be initiated to overhaul the administration,” he said and added that KSOU would have its vision for short term, medium and long term to achieve the objectives laid down in the Act. Research would be encouraged in the studies of ODL system.

New building
The VC said the university is looking for around 100 acre of land in the city to shift the university as the present building is unable to deal with growing number of candidates.
The present location would be converted as regional office. The proposal would be placed before the Board of Studies (BoS) to take approval and then send the detailed proposal to the State government. The varsity is into the job of getting recognition from the University Grants Commission under 2f and 12B of the UGC Act. The formal recognition is expected in next three months. Once the KSOU gets the UGC recognition there would be flow of adequate funds as well as scope for research activities. There were lot of advantages in getting the recognition from the UGC, he added. Prof Rangappa said KSOU would develop audio-visual CD’s for all its academic programmes and supply it to the students as supplement. For this purpose, the varsity would establish a studio of its own to be funded by the Distance Education Council, New Delhi. Emphasis would be given on the teaching of all the academic programmes through Edu-sat. Video conferencing would also be given proper place to make academic programmes through ODL system very effective. New programmes such as diploma in Theatre Arts, Agriculture, Health Sciences, Basic and Life Sciences, Computer Science, International Relations, Social Work would be launched from 2010-11. Short-term programmes would be launched by way of vocational training to school dropouts, un-employed youth, and graduates to prepare them to get gainful employment.

New programmes
He said the KSOU in collaboration with Karnataka Vocational Training and Skilled Development Corporation Limited would be starting programmes relating to Automobile, Chemical, electronics, Garment Making, hospitality, Medical and Nursing, Printing, Retail, Production and Manufacturing, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing of Sweets, Snacks and food sector, Banking and Accounting, carpet, electrical, fabrication, gem and jewellry, khadi spinning and weaving, plastic processing, toy making, refrigeration and air conditioning, beauty culture and hair dressing. Efforts are on to broadcast study materials all over the State through gyan Vani FM Educational Channel. Industries would be invited to conduct campus interview for the selection of eligible candidates for jobs. All the teachers would be imparted with knowledge and skill in the development of audio-video CD’s. All the managerial skills would be employed to make its employees highly pro-active. On-line applications would be provided, so that the students could furnish the data on line. Use of mobile technology to enhance the effectiveness of communications with the students.

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