In an unexpected move St. Albert's College has now refused Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to set-up its study center in the college. The college has been giving space to more than 4,000 IGNOU students studying in 50 different courses.
What went wrong?
- According to a report published in the Times of India, St Albert's College has become an autonomous organization and is planning to conduct vast range of activities inside the campus. However, if they accommodate IGNOU, they might not get enough space for their new endeavours.
- "With the college getting autonomy, the workload of teachers and staff have increased and it is not possible for us to run the study centre at the campus," said St Albert's college manager, Fr Antony Arackal
Demands of IGNOU
- "We are now also looking at self-financing colleges affiliated to a university. But, the issue of rent is a problem as we don't provide rent. We only align with institutions that have a social orientation," added Rajesh, regional director, Ignou regional centre, Kochi
- "We have now requested Sacred Heart College, Thevara, to take up BSc in physics, chemistry and life sciences programmes and are awaiting a response. It is a logistic nightmare for us. We are trying to accommodate students at the nearest possible centre," said M Rajesh
IGNOU is not ready to compromise with the quality of education and labs and is looking for a well-maintained campus, with labs, spacious classrooms and teachers.
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