Calicut varsity to start vocational courses

DUBAI - The University of Calicut, Kerala, which has offered various graduate and undergraduate distance learning programmes for UAE residents since 1994 is now introducing new job-oriented and vocational training courses that will help upgrade the skills of those employed in the UAE.

By Debasree S.

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Published: Sun 11 Jan 2004, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:21 AM

Professor Syed Iqbal Hasnain, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calicut and one of the members of the UGC committee for promoting higher education abroad, said that a number of professional courses like Multimedia, Management in Marketing and Finance, B Ed, B.Com, Human Resource Development, and Hotel and Tourism Management will be introduced by the University of Calicut from the next academic year.

The vice-chancellor who is currently in Dubai to sort out 'communication difficulties' being faced by the distance learning students of Calicut University in the UAE explained that the registrations for the new courses will start from July 2004 at the four educational centres in the UAE: Al Hilal Educational Institute, Sharjah, Al Mihad Educational Institute, Dubai, Institute of Computer Science, Sharjah, and Al Khansa Educational Institute, Abu Dhabi. In addition, the National Education Centre in Doha will also offer the same courses. All the centres are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education of the country in which they are located.

Prof Hasnain said that he had held talks with the Director of Knowledge Village in Dubai and the Chancellor of Sharjah University. Plans are underway to have more Arab students study vocational courses at Calicut University. The introduction of new courses, he explained, was a pro-active step to promote Indian higher education abroad as well as take care of the educational requirements of Indian expatriates in the UAE. Currently, there are around 600 students in the UAE who are under the distance learning education programme. With the recent initiative, it is intended to increase the number of students to 2,000.

A former professor of Environmental Science at the reputed Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, Professor Hasnain also drew attention to many problems that the distance learning programme students face. He said that the examinations, usually held during July and August, would now be conducted in April and May to suit the convenience of UAE residents who usually go on leave during July and August. Also, an officer at the registrar level from the Calicut University will be deputed to go to the UAE to conduct examinations and return with the answer scripts, he said.

The examinations will be held under the supervision of the Embassy and the Consulate-General of India. The answer scripts will be evaluated in India and the certificates and degrees offered directly by the university. A mini-convocation ceremony will also be held to honour the students who have successfully completed the examination from the university.

Prof Hasnain promised that bottlenecks causing delays in the educational system would be removed, examinations conducted in the right time, and results also published within a short period. The course material would be made available to students through CDs and textbooks, and they will be able to make use of various interactive teaching innovations to understand their subject of study.


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