Express press service
CHENNAI: Encouraged by the record number of applicants last year, the Institute of Distance Education (IDE) at Madras University has put in place a series of measures, such as launching new courses, establishing a placement cell and the formation of an alumni association, to attract more students and make its courses profitable.
“Last year, over 30,000 students signed up, and this year we expect that number to exceed 35,000. Nearly 1,000 applications have been sold every day since the process began on June 28” , IDE Director K Ravichandran said. The application process will last two months. This year, IDE launched new PG degree courses on Saiva Siddhanta, Christian Studies, Sanskrit and Journalism, a bachelor’s degree program in French and UG and PG programs in sociology.
The IDE is also working on setting up a placement unit. IDE officials said they will soon approach companies visiting Madras University for recruitment. “The state’s industrial sector is booming and many IT, manufacturing and automotive companies are opening offices here. These businesses will need skilled labor, and our distance learning students will fit in,” Ravichandran said.
An IDE official said: “After interacting with industries, we will learn more about their needs and can offer new courses to meet demand.” IDE also plans to create an alumni association and will soon launch online registration for this.