Damodar Higher Secondary School situated in a villager caters largely to the poor and economically weaker sections of society and its Principal Arvind Kulkarni opined that the study centre will be a boon to students desiring to pursue higher education but unable to do so due to personal difficultires.
Yeshwantrao Chawan Open University started its first study centre in Goa in 2005 and since then over 5,000 students from Goa have enrolled for its courses. Damodar’s will be the fifth study centre in Goa, for BA/BCom the other four being Sancoal, Korgao in Pernem, Valpoi and Priol. It also has a study centre at Samquelim for performing arts.
Admissions are open to any person between the age of 18 to 80 years irrespective of the educational qualifications. The aspirant has to answer the preparatory examination and upon clearing that is admitted to any of the course offered by the University. However, a person who has cleared the XII of PUC examination, can get admission directly to the course without appearing for the preparatory examination.
While the fees for the preparatory examinations is Rs. 600 for the actual course in BA or BCom it works out to 1,500 per year with books being provided by the University. Currently while BCom is offered in English and Marathi medium BA is available only in Marathi except for the English course as the other books are not yet translated.
Yeshwantarao Chawan Open University is recognized by the University Grants Commission under its Section 12(b) and till date around 22 lakh students have graduated through it.
At Damodar’s normal admissions will be done till the end of the month of July and with late fee till 15th August. While the students can study directly from home, every Sunday contact sessions will be held at the school premises where students can get their difficulties addressed by experts in the respective field.