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Madras University Cuts Concessions For Distance Education

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- The University of Madras has decided to stop concessions for disabled candidates and prisoners who pursue courses in its Institute of Distance Education (IDE). The fee concessions were introduced by the previous vice-chancellor, G Thiruvasagam.Academics said the decision is ironical at a time when the state government has prioritized the challenge of improving Gross Enrollment Rate (GER). A senior professor said IDE has been helpful in attracting more students into a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses being offered in its distance mode. IDE offers 109 courses with over 100 examination centres in India and abroad.While disabled students and prisoners have been enjoying a full exemption of tuition fee and special fares in IDE programmes, womencandidates, former graduates of the university, defense personnel, teachers and journalists were given 25% fee concession for distance education courses.A senior syndicate member said the decision was unilateral and without any stated reason. "Instead of seeking permission from the syndicate, vice-chancellor R Thandavan informed the syndicate about the decision by an advisory committee," he said. Incidentally, Thandavan heads the advisory committee of IDE that decides the performance and excellence of the wing.

 

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