BU’s distance learning courses see huge demand


Directorate of Distance Education department of Bangalore University has seen a 172% increase in applications for various diploma, UG and PG distance education programmes from the 2017-18 academic year.

The total number of students enrolled is 7,203, an increase from 2,643 students in the 2016-17 academic year. Experts say this is the result of UGC de-recognising courses offered by KSOU in June 2015 on the grounds that the varsity had violated the commission’s territorial jurisdiction.

The directorate offers around 39 different programmes. B.C. Mylarappa, director of the Directorate of Distance Education, said the highest number of students had registered for various Bachelor in Arts programmes, followed by Bachelor of Commerce.

“The directorate had taken up several awareness programmes to ensure that more people sign up for these programmes. Starting this academic year, separate ranks for students in distance education courses will be awarded,” said Prof. Mylarappa. Also, more women candidates have signed up.

By Tanu Kulkarni