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Monday, March 27, 2017
MKU to take control of distance education centres

Madurai: Madurai Kamaraj University has decided to directly run all its distance education centres in Tamil Nadu without the participation of private players.

Highly placed sources said this decision was taken at the Finance Committee meeting of the university, chaired by Higher Education Secretary and Convenor of Syndicate Committee of the MKU Sunil Paliwal, in Chennai on Saturday.

According to sources, the decision was made in an attempt to improve the university’s revenue and to avert issues related to alleged inefficiency and malpractice that have been raised in the past regarding some privately run centres. Allegations raised last year regarding mass copying by students of an academic centre in Dharmapuri and widespread malpractice in a centre in Theni were cases in point.

University sources said the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), MKU, which was a major revenue source for the university, had been running 99 centres across Tamil Nadu, apart from those in other States and overseas.

The centres in Tamil Nadu, a majority of which were run by private players, were reportedly operated on a 60-40 revenue sharing basis with 60% of the revenue going to the university.

Sources, however, added that the university was yet to work out a detailed plan for taking over the control of all the distance education centres as it would require considerable manpower and other resources.

Sources privy to the proceedings of the Finance Committee meeting said the Higher Education Secretary advised the university officials to complete the streamlining of temporary workers soon since the university had estimated around Rs. 4 crore for their salary in 2017-18. “Compared to 370 permanent staff members, there are 624 casual labourers engaged temporarily. Hence there is a need to assess how many are actually needed,” a university official said.

Disciplinary action

University sources said that it was also decided in the meeting to take disciplinary action against a Superintendent-rank official who had allegedly swindled affiliation fees collected from colleges.

Courtesy: The Hindu
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