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Indian Diaspora in the Gulf States Region
Indian Diaspora in the Gulf States Region
Excerpts from the Report of High Level committee submitted to Govt of India
Excerpts from OverseasIndian.in
(official ezine of Min. of Overseas Indians, Govt of India)
Tamilnadu University to establish extension centre in Gulf region
Staff Reporter THE HINDU
TIRUNELVELI : The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, which is already successfully running its extension learning centre at Ajumen in the Middle East, has now decided to establish its extension centres at Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai also to cater to the needs of students in the region, where an estimated strength of over one million Indian population lives.
Speaking to reporters here, the Vice-Chancellor, Cynthia Pandian, who visited the `Indian Education Exhibition 2006' held at Dubai recently to explore the possibilities of strengthening the university's presence in the Gulf region, said that over 15 Indian universities had participated in the event, which drew a huge crowd of Indian and Arab visitors, "who are desperately looking for quality education in the field of information technology, management studies and commerce at an affordable cost".
The Vice-Chancellor also visited the educational institutions run by the United Arab Emirates Governments and private agencies such as Inter-Nation University Centre, Abu Dhabi University, and had discussions with the heads of the institutions and the faculty on the nature of education, the impact, the quality of the syllabi and curriculum they prescribe, the quality of the faculty members they recruit etc.
"As the fee structure prescribed for the courses being offered by the universities of other countries in the `Global Knowledge Village' at Dubai is so high, they prefer Indian universities, which offer high-quality education at low cost. And that is why we've decided to establish our Extension Learning Centre in the Gulf region through the recently established MSU Centre for International Education. We'll offer courses in information technology, biotechnology, microbiology and bioinformatics, computer application etc," Dr. Cynthia said.
Gulf students, who join the science stream, will have to come to the MSU and stay here for a month or so for the practical examinations.Apart from the Gulf region, the VC commenced the groundwork on establishing our extension learning centres at Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.
Moreover, she is also holding talks with the Sydney University, Australia for collaboration between the Departments of Information Technology and Geo-Technology of both universities.
The Registrar, P. Chellathurai, the Director, Paramakalyani Centre for Environmental Sciences, N. Sukumaran, who accompanied the VC during her Gulf visit, were present. -----
Bharathidasan University Distance Learning Center in Dubai
New Delhi/Dubai, July 26, 2006:
Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirapalli-based Bharathidasan University has denied closing its distance-learning centre in Dubai and said exams that have been delayed will be held next month. A university source told IANS that the centre, located at Dubai Knowledge Village, had faced some problems that have now been solved. The source, however, did not specify the problems. Around 150 students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), many of them non-resident Indians (NRIs), were in a quandary after news appeared that the university has abruptly closed down its Dubai centre. The centre was run by a Chennai-based firm, Sriram Cybertech Systems (SCS). Knowledge Village officials had also confirmed that the centre was no longer on its premises.
Gulf curbs hit distance education enrolment in Tamilnadu Universities
By Staff Reporter The Hindu
MADURAI, AUG. 12, 2004.
The restrictions imposed by Gulf countries on university admissions, particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have hit distance education enrolment in Indian universities bringing down the number of non-resident Indian (NRI) admissions and revenue.
One of the universities that suffered heavily is the distance education major, Madurai Kamaraj University, which lost over Rs. 50 lakhs in revenue this academic year owing to regulations imposed by the Gulf countries on foreign universities.
The Vice-Chancellor, P.K. Ponnuswamy, told The Hindu today the decline in NRI admissions was felt acutely by the varsity after restrictions were imposed through the NRI Study Centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. After the restrictions, which came into effect last year, the number of enrolments came down substantially and the revenue loss was huge as payments were in dollar terms.
Though there was good demand from students in the Gulf for the university's courses, the number admissions came down from 756 in the academic year 2003-04 to 190 in the calendar year 2004. However, this was expected to improve shortly with the Indian universities deciding to comply with the conditions.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, all leading universities that were tapping students from the Gulf felt the impact of the curbs on admissions.
He said the foreign component for the university was high with around 1,700 students on the distance education enrolment and the demand was good for business management and science courses. However, things would improve from this year with the varsity taking up the matter with the Gulf authorities, he said.
Prof. Ponnuswamy said the overall enrolment figure declined this year. The university lost about 3,000 candidates over last year's owing to the stopping of direct admissions to postgraduate courses through the open university system. It was a common problem faced by all universities.
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Anna University to set up off-shore campuses in the Gulf, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore
source: The Hindu
Anna University has sought the permission of the Chancellor to set up offshore campuses in certain countries. Once the legislation is suitably amended to provide for this, the institution would approach the University Grants Commission in this regard, said D. Viswanathan, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University.