Middle East University comes to the rescue of NRK students

T K Devasia
Filed on April 29, 2015

About 2000 students missed the course after the Calicut University shut down 25 and the MG University seven off-campus centres in the Gulf.

Trivandrum — Hundreds of non-resident Keralite (NRK) students who were forced to discontinue the distance education courses offered by universities in Kerala following the abrupt closure of their off campus centres in the Middle East will be able to pursue their education in the UAE-based Middle East University.

MEU president Dr Janardhanan Pariyarath has offered this facility to the students of Calicut University and Mahatma Gandhi (MG) University at a reduced cost during the talks with Chancellor of these universities and Governor Justice P Sathashivam here on Monday.

About 2000 students missed the course after the Calicut University shut down 25 and the MG University seven off-campus centres in the Gulf. While the Calicut University closed the centres on a high court direction, the latter closed their centres on the orders of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The MEU President told the Khaleej Times that the university will issue equivalence certificate to the students who pass their course.  This will enable the students to seek jobs and pursue higher education since the degrees of MEU are recognised by major national and international universities. Besides, it has collaboration with some foreign universities like Wiscosin in USA.

MEU is the only university which is the Associate Member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in the Gulf countries. It is also recognised by Ministry of Human Resources Development of Government of India, Janardhanan said.

The Indian Nursing Council (INC) has recognized MEU’s Post Basic Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing for the purpose of registering with any state nursing council in India. The recognition also enables them to pursue higher education in India.

The closure of the off-campus centres affected not only the students but also the universities since they used to be a major source of revenue for them. The UGC had sought the closure of the MG University off-campus centres as they were opened in violation of their guidelines on territorial jurisdiction.

The high court ordered the closure of the off-campus centres of the Calicut University as they were established in violation of the University Act and statutes.  The varsity which was generating revenue of Rs124 million from the off-campus centres is now planning to amend the varsity act to resume the distance education programme.

The varsity has placed a request with the state government to amend the Calicut University Act 1975 to extend its territorial jurisdiction for distance education programmes to all over India and abroad.

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