Sambalpur, Jun 10: The World Bank had identified the Odisha State Open University (OSOU) for a financial aid of Rs 25 crore for quality and excellence in higher education in the state.
Speaking on the eve of fourth foundation day of OSOU here today OSOU Vice Chancellor Srikant Mohapatra said last year the University received approval for almost all the Under Graduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) programs that it applied for.
The distance education bureau of UGC has granted permission to OSOU to offer 26 courses through open and distance learning mode.
The University, he said is in the process of drafting a proposal to enhance the employability of the underprivileged, young job seekers” said Vice-Chancellor Srikant Mohapatra.
It also offers bachelor degree, master degree as well as post graduate diploma programs in traditional as well as professional subjects.
“In four years we have admitted 12,000 students. 70 per cent of them have come from rural areas”, Prof Mohapatra said.
On this occasion the University signed two MoUs with Usha Martin University, Ranchi and Jean Foundation, New Delhi, for mutual exchange of self-learning materials.