UoP Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade Saturday justified the stand taken by the management council to restrict the intake of students taking admission externally,admitting skewed ratio between regular and external students was hampering the quality of education.
The university,in the past,had begun external admission department to cater to defence,police personnel and housewives among others. We are finding students applying for external courses in the last few years are not the targeted beneficiaries, Gade said.
The universitys management council,in its latest meeting had decided to enrol only those students externally,who have a gap of at least three years in their academics.
UoP has been facilitating external students for several decades through its External Registration Programme that allows them to register for certain courses,undertake self-study of the stipulated syllabi and directly appear for the examinations leading to graduate or post-graduate degrees in certain faculties. University awards graduate degrees such as BA,B.Com. and post-graduate degrees such as MA,M.Com,M.Sc. (Maths),M.A. (Maths),L.L.M. and Class Improvement of certain examinations.
As per university records,the facility of pursuing education externally is availed by 50,000 students annually.
Speaking with Newsline,a senior faculty from academic circle said the growing number of external students was one of the reason behind delay in announcing results of Arts and Commerce streams.
Universitys Central Assessment Programme that involves assessment of students answer-sheets does not have approved teachers sanctioned considering both regular and external students. Thus,assessment of answer-sheets of students admitted externally turns out to be an additional burden,which causes delay in declaration of results, he said.
Academicians opine that open universities such as Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) are better options.