Hyderabad: If you have graduated from Osmania University through distance education and looking for a job in West Asia, you may be in for a rude shock.
Several countries in the region have blacklisted OU and therefore do not recognise the certificates issued by it to students of both distance education and regular stream.
Scores of OU students, including foreigners have been refused jobs in the United Arab Emirates and Iran. "OU is blacklisted because those who completed the distance education course pass themselves off as regular day scholars of the varsity. These students do not have the basic standards required to perform well in a job," a manager in a Dubai-based recruitment agency said.
Gems Education, which recruits young job aspirants said OU is blacklisted in UAE as the distance education and regular courses offered by the university is not recognised on technical grounds.
"Even students who had obtained degree from regular classes face huge problems. We were told by our team in UAE that OU is blacklisted," said Deepika, an HR person from Gems Education, which has a branch in Bangalore.
Students with bachelor of communication and journalism degrees as well as masters in communication and journalism degrees have also been facing problems with Iranian authorities, as the country does not recognise the degrees.
Many students who obtain their post graduate degrees from OU, apply for jobs in Dubai and Iran. Similarly, students from Dubai and Iran enroll themselves for a post graduate degree in Osmania University.
Recently, three students from OU who had applied for the UAE-based Gems Education, were rejected by the management saying their degrees are not recognised. Source- TOI