However, St Albert’s authorities claimed that with autonomy, their range of activities had increased and it was difficult for them to accommodate Ignou. “With the college getting autonomy, the workload of teachers and staff have increased and it is not possible for us to run the study centre at the campus,” said St Albert’s college manager Fr Antony Arackal.
But this is not entirely true as the college rarely shared its teaching and nonteaching staff with Ignou.The classes and lab for students enrolled at Ignou are conducted on Saturday and Sunday. “With college readying a major expansion plan, it is not possible to share facilities,” said a college staff.
The Ignou centre ran ex clusive and popular courses like BA and MA in psychology that attracted many students every year, besides BSc in physics, chemistry and life sciences. While every year, nearly 500 students enrol for BA psychology at the centre, almost 300 students opt for BSc chemistry, physics and life sciences.