Distance education courses offered by the University of Mangalore will go down in history as the university stopped accepting new admissions.
The university was forced to stop new admissions for first-year courses after the state government issued a notice that offered the exclusive right to offer open and distance learning courses at the University. State Open from Karnataka to Mysuru.
The 40-year-old University of Mangalore launched its distance education courses in 2004.
According to the director of the Distance Learning Center at Y. Sangappa University, with new admissions being halted, the center has around 4,500 students, including undergraduates, postgraduates and bachelors.
They are second and third year undergraduate students and second year postgraduate students.
When the current batch of B.Ed students wanes this year, there will be no more B.Ed students.
The university offered BA, B.Com and BBA courses and postgraduate courses in economics, history, political science, sociology, English, Kannada, Hindi, business administration and tourism.
The Vice Chancellor of PS Yadapadithaya University said The Hindu that the university has now decided not to challenge the government’s notification in court. Previously, he was exploring the possibility of moving the court against notification. Once the center is closed, the university will suffer a financial loss of 6 crore per year, he said.
The registrar in charge (administration) PL Dharma said the government has made it clear to state universities offering distance learning courses that it cannot allow the same in the future.
The state government issued a notice in the Gazette granting the exclusive right to offer open and distance learning courses at KSOU in December 2020 after amending the 2020 Karnataka State Universities Act and certain other laws (Second Amendment).