Mysore, Jun 30: Karnataka State Open University (KOSU), one of the largest long distance education provider in the country, has launched number of new programmes in collaboration with partner institutions across the country from this academic year.
Addressing the media persons KOSU Vice Chancellor Vivek Rai said this included Bachelor and Master's programmes in aviation in a tie up with Avalon Aviation Academy of Mumbai.
A PG diploma programme in Financial management besides certificate courses in food and nutrition would be offered with the cooperation with the city-based the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), he said.
KOSU planned to offer professional courses and short term courses in pottery, handloom, blacksmithy, carpentry, wood carving, stone carving and cane and bamboo works under the cooperation with Pilukula Nisarghadhama of Mangalore. It would also ink a pact with UAS, Bangalore for various agri-based courses.
The University would be opening its regional centre in New Delhi tomorrow to cater to the needs of the North Indian Students. This centre would also help the large number of students from the armed forces who have taken up courses in KOSU, he said.
Dr Rai said a meeting of all the 13 open universities in the country would be held in Delhi and sign draft demanding various facilities for the open universities across the country including funds for the construction of buildings.
He said the KOSU had extended a special concession of 25 percent in tuition fee to women students from BPL families from this academic year.