GUWAHATI, Nov 17: Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University has been able to attract more than 34 thousand learners in its current academic session which is a massive step for implementing open and distance mode of education. This upsurge in enrolment at KKHSOU is a clear indicator of the region’s growing interest in the field of higher education.
During the academic session 2020-2021, the enrollment at KKHSOU was 10,033 and during 2021-2022, it was 13,725. However, in the current academic session, the increase in enrolment is around 250 percent which is a record in itself.
Prof Rajendra Prasad Das, after assuming charge as the fourth vice chancellor of KKHSOU, has taken special steps like extension of admission dates twice to meet the educational requirements of the prospective learners.
Professor Das also plans to introduce more than 20 skill based academic programmes in the coming session.
With more than 200 study centres located at different parts of the state, the university has been able to create massive awareness about ODL with extensive use of IT and other contact programmes which highlighted the quality of different academic programmes, study materials, online and offline support services among others. Increased enrollment at KKHSOU is an indicator of the region’s growing interest in ODL, particularly with reference to marginalised and disadvantaged sections of the society. The university has already started to conduct counselling sessions for learners regarding examinations in ODL mode and several induction programmes in different parts of the state.