Kerala University, which is also referred to as the University of Kerala, is amongst the first 16 universities in India that presently offers numerous courses and programs. The University was established by the Maharajah of Travancore Sri Chithira Thirual Balarama Varma who became the first chancellor of the University. Kerala University U.G. and P.G. admissions are offered for a variety of courses under all the schools and affiliated colleges.
- Presently, there are above 150 affiliated colleges and 137 research centres that run under Kerala University.
- The university is accredited by NAAC & UGC.
- The admission to most of the undergraduate programs offered by Kerala University is granted on merit and scores secured by applicants in the qualifying examination.
- For P.G. courses, admissions are made based on candidates’ performance in the entrance and interview conducted by the University.
Amid COVID-19, the number of graduate and postgraduate seats across various universities in Kerala will increase.
The decision was announced to post a meeting organized between the Education Minister & Vice-Chancellors. The government of Kerala has announced its plans to increase the number of seats for various courses including undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the state. The decision was made public after a video conferencing meeting held between the Vice-Chancellors of different universities and Kerala’s Education Minister, K.T. Jaleel.
The Vice-Chancellors of Kerala University, Mahatma Gandhi University, KTU, Nuwals, Sree Sankaracharya University for Sanskrit, Kusat, Malayalam, University of Calicut and Kannur and the Principal Secretary of Higher Education, among other, attended the meeting.
In the meeting, it was proposed to launch community radio channels in the state, and the principals of various colleges are asked to keep a close track of attendance of the students and teacher during the online classes.
The final semester exams at the University of Kerala have started from May 21 for various courses. The School of Distance Education exams for 5th and 6th-semester students have also started from May 28, 2020. Additionally, the re-exam for the students whose answer copies were mistakenly burnt by the examiner while checking the copies at her home will also be scheduled soon.
The evaluation of the test will be done from homes itself since the entire nation is still under the lockdown, and educational intuitions still have not received approval to reopen in Unlock 1 as well. Post the exams get over, the new academic session in 2020 at Kerala University will start online in June.
The considerable success achieved by the State government in lowering the effects of COVID-19 crisis has resulted in growing preferences among the students from the neighbouring states, including Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, to pursue U.G. or P.G. course Kerala. Due to the growing demand by the candidates, the government of Kerala decided to approve a surge in the intake in arts and science colleges in the next academic year.
The State universities mostly increase the sanctioned strength for the most popular courses like B.Com; B. Honors every year, the present situation might result in the creation of far more number of seats than expected. Many students living in Kerala earlier prefer getting admissions in various undergraduate and postgraduate programs at some other states.
However, considering the satisfying success in COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the outflow of the students from Kerala to some other states would be much lesser as the pandemic-induced panic is still higher in most parts of the country. The government’s move to increase the student’s at Kerala University will offer many benefits to the aspirants who are worried about their long-term career goals and were disrupted about their admissions amid coronavirus.
Most of the colleges under Kerala University have approved strengths of 60 for U.G. arts and science courses, while some lesser institutions and colleges are allowed to offer admission to students based on their facilities. While the intake for P.G. the course has almost 15 seats. The universities have been flooded with enquiries from the students who plan to get admission to a university located in Kerala. The approval to the colleges under the Kerala University to increase the number of seats will be considered after ascertaining their laboratory, seating capacity, and other facilities.
Some of the courses such as BCom, BBA, BCA, BSc Computer Science, B.A. English, etc. have higher chances of getting approval for increasing their seats. According to the official resources, the proportion of reserved and management quota seats will not change at all despite an increase in the seat. The hike would be offered under the special cases only; however, further details about the colleges and the exact number of increase in course seats are not yet disclosed. This year, the government anticipates many takers for B. Tech seats as close to 27,333 seats out of the approved intake of 47,563 B. Tech seats were occupied last year, leaving more than 42.5% seats empty.
Welcoming the move of the government, academicians appeal to the government to offer priority to government aided colleges while allocating additional seats. Adequate measures are taken to prevent students from getting exploited by the private college managements, especially in this crucial time when every student is worried about his/her career.
The government issued a notice in 2019 instructing different colleges to increase the seats in undergraduate, postgraduate courses in self-financing colleges along with increasing the same in the government and aided colleges. Almost 20 per cent of seats were increased in government and aided colleges. Also, the number of students who can take admissions for postgraduate courses in Science streams at self-financing colleges were increased to 20 and in Arts and Commerce streams to 25. At the undergraduate level, there are 40 seats for Science courses and 60 for Arts and Commerce. If any colleges have more seats, it also has been reduced with this order.
This year, the questions papers of the exams will be uploaded online, and a system of question bank too would be adopted. The Kerala University will search for the research scholars that can conduct open defence through video conferencing. The panel also approved the proposal by the Mahatma Gandhi University to organize the second-semester degree exams at the respective colleges using the question paper uploaded on the site.
Kerala University offers numerous courses in different fields; so based on your specializations and academic skills, you can apply for a U.G. or P.G. course at the official website.