Kathmandu, April 30, 2018: Nepal Open University (NOU) has made it mandatory for its students to attend classes equal to 20 per cent of the total credit hours (45 credit hours) in a semester to be qualify for examination.
“Although we are called Open University, we are following a mixed education system, where classroom attendance of students is also given importance.”, said Kamal Dhakal, Registrar at NOU.
It is not usually common for universities to make it compulsory for their students to attend classes regularly, for open universities, the NOU has adopted this method because many students in rural part of the country do not have access to internet service. With this service the students without internet facility can come to the colleges to collect their assignments, shared Lekhnath Sharma, Vice Chancellor of NOU.
The NOU will follow ‘internal assessment’ system to measure students’ progress on the basis of their classroom attendance and submitted assignments.
The university has also made it mandatory to take written exams at the examination centre fixed by the university at the end of the semester.
The university has signed an agreement with five TU affiliated colleges for the students of seven provinces where students can attend classes.