Distance education center “Osmania University” loses UGC recognition
Hyderabad: After over 10 decades of operation, the Osmania University’s distance learning center has neglected to discover a spot in the updated listing of associations recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Prof G Ram Reddy Centre for Space Instruction was running over 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate classes. But this year, the Centre needed to shut down over six classes – MA (Vedic Astrology), MA (Public Administration), MA (Mass Communication and Journalism), PG Diploma in Town and Country Planning, B Com (Computers) and B Sc (Aviation).
“When we applied for acknowledgement, a fresh body was being formed by the UGC – Distance Education Bureau (DEB). This body isn’t giving acknowledgement due to specific distance learning guidelines problems,” said Venkateshwarlu, manager of Prof G Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education.
Yet as the distance education center doesn’t have acknowledgement, it continues to make use of the license plate ‘Recognised by the UGC’. In a recent circular by the Commission, it was clarified that without really having acknowledgement using of this type of license plate is in glaring breach of the policy of the DEB.
“We discussed the acknowledgement problem together with the UGC authorities a number of weeks past. We’re expecting the problem will soon be concluded shortly, and the acknowledgement will be granted to us before commencement of next academic year,” said Venkateshwarlu.
According to sources, the Centre is also facing a lack of study content. A couple faculty members attribute the present state of affairs at the university to the delay in appointment of a vice chancellor. “For procurement of study content, bids must be called.