UGC may retain recognition of KSOU courses in 15 days

KSOU courses derecognized by UGCBengaluru: Students enrolled with the state-run Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) need not panic over the de-recognition stand earlier taken by UGC. KSOU Vice Chancellor M.G. Krishnan on a meeting held on 17 July, 2015 Friday at New Delhi mentioned about the positive response from UGC in renewing the recognition of KSOU’s professional & technical programs. He said that relevant documents and affidavits had been submitted to the UGC and the process of renewal would take about a fortnight.

Reacting to the recent public notice issued on 16 June, 2015, KSOU approached the UGC earlier this month pursuing the renewal of recognition on the event that the Board of Management had already decided to restrict the courses to the state. Defending the KSOU, Mysuru MP, Prathap Simha solicited PM Modi in a written letter and a copy of the same to MHRD minister Smriti Irani seeking their intervention to resolve the dilemma. He stressed on the fact that 60 per cent of KSOU students were women while 90 per cent also belonged to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward castes that could possibly have access to higher education by enrolling at the KSOU.

KSOU had recently expanded its Muktagangotri campus spending enormous amounts on fees and infrastructure and now fears the falling admissions and the inability of sustenance with the admissions being now confined to the state.  UGC had directed the 200 odd tie ups with collaborative institutions to be discontinued.

In the interest of over a lakh students Prof M G Krishnan continues to remain undeterred on the matter of de-recognition and has approached the intervention of the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court.  Addressing the media queries, he stated that students already enrolled with the course would be admitted to the second and final year, while fresh admissions to technical/engineering courses were stopped.

While it remains a controversial matter with the universities surrendering to the UGC guidelines, Prof M G Krishnan expressed his stance of student’s interest as a matter of urgency and that he would sort out legally at the court. With the meeting held with UGC officials, the KSOU Vice Chancellor is optimistic about securing recognition of the terminated courses as they have agreed to comply with the UGC guidelines on territorial jurisdiction. The admission process for the current academic year that usually begins from July and stretches till November is likely to be delayed in the backdrop of the varsities’ renewal of recognition.


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