Almost a year after it decided to have a relook at the community college scheme, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Wednesday decided to do away with the scheme completely based on non-performance of these colleges.
The university had close to 620 community colleges- catering to more than 80,000 students- of which 88 were deregistered two years ago because of non-performance.
“The existing community college scheme is not strictly covered under the provisions of IGNOU. It, therefore, stands discontinued and the students admitted till January 2012, shall be allowed to complete their programmes of studies,” said a notification dated July 22.
On Wednesday, the university wrote to 146 colleges- where 32,134 students had taken the exams but their results are pending- asking them do declare the results soon.
Earlier this week, the Delhi High Court ruled that IGNOU has no legal authority either to set up or accord recognition to an institution or college to impart face-to-face regular education.
In fact, while the entire university has 300 programmes with 1,800 courses, these 146 community colleges had more than 950 programmes with 8,300 courses.
“The community colleges were not going the way they should have. Moreover, it is not our mandate to offer face-to-face programmes except some orientations which are done face face-to-face here,” said M Aslam, IGNOU's vice chancellor.
The IGNOU community college scheme was started in 2009 and meant primarily for the underprivileged sections of the society to reach out to formal education. Under this scheme, a community college could register for offering academic programmes at the levels of certificate, diploma and associate degree. After successfully completing the study through this scheme, a student is certified by IGNOU and also gets placed.
The university's board of management said that students in the community colleges fall under three categories- who have taken their exams but awaiting results, those whose exams are yet to be conducted and declaration of results of armed forces community colleges.
For students who have taken their exams and whose answer sheets were evaluated but did not conform to the norms, will get grade cards and provisional certificates from the university. On the