THE MP Bhoj Open University has decided to close down its study centres in other States. This year no admissions are being conducted for the first year of various distance education courses being run by the university at these centres.
The centres will only remain functional until students who are in second or final years of the different courses pass out. The decision to close down study centres was taken after a committee constituted by Vice-Chancellor Dr Kamlakar Singh concluded that Bhoj University’s jurisdiction limits only to MP and the Act of the University does not allow provision for centres outside the state. The Distance Education Council (DEC) had also taken exception to the university running these centres.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Kamlakar Singh, however, said the main reason for closing down the centres was that the university could not keep a check on quality of education being provided at these faraway centres.
He said the matter of legality in opening up centres outside the State could have been handled after the Supreme Court decision regarding Punjab Technical University (giving validity to the study centers outside state), but ensuring quality was becoming a problem.
He said that to compensate the closure of these outside centres, more centres will be opened in the State. For this purpose good quality institutions including higher secondary schools, colleges, computer centres and even NGO centres will be selected.
There are about 48 study centres of the Bhoj Open University running in 10 states across the country with a student intake of about 5,000.
These centres were opened in 2003 on the basis of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with different universities in these States. However, the DEC took exception to these centres and the matter had been in a controversy. Recently, the management board of the university approved closing down of the centres bringing the issue to an end.