The University of Madras will withdraw all study centres of the Institute of Distance Education including that of Nepal from the 2017-18 academic year. A decision to this effect was taken in the syndicate meeting on April 21.
Madras University's IDE has 50 study centres, 28 of which are outside Tamil Nadu, including in Kuwait, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
According to Times of India, The decision was taken to gradually comply with the University Grants Commission (UGC) direction putting an embargo on institutions offering distance education courses outside their jurisdiction.
As per a September 2016 circular, distance education programmes of only two universities in Tamil Nadu are recognised by the UGC. Madras, Madurai Kamarajar and Bharathiar University had obtained a stay on the UGC order from the Madras high court.
A senior official in the higher education department said that MKU and Bharatiar University managements would also be gradually nudged towards complying with the UGC order on the distance education territorial jurisdiction.
Few colleges in Nepal are offering various Bachelor and Masters level program with affiliation from Bharathiar University and Madras University.