CM asks PM to rescue KSOU students

Aug 24, 2017

 Bengaluru: Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rescue the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) as its courses have been derecognised by the University Grants Commission.

In his letter to the PM, Siddaramaiah said students of the university and those who passed out in the past two years belong to the socially and economically disadvantaged groups of the society.

“With the derecognition, the future of these students is in peril as they are denied higher education in their prime… The students have been constantly given me representations on the problems faced by them with the derecognition of KSOU… As several students are eagerly awaiting the decision of the UGC to pursue higher education, I request you to look into this matter personally and direct the UGC to take a positive decision in this regard and protect the interests of the students of KSOU,” the CM said.

Siddaramaiah, recalling that the UGC had derecognised courses retrospectively from academic year 2013-14 in June 16, 2015, said the KSOU and the state government had sent a revised proposal to the UGC seeking its approval, and appealed to Modi to intervene in the matter.

The KSOU courses were derecognized two years ago by the UGC. The city-based two-decade old varsity was extending higher education courses across India and abroad, to which the UGC objected.

While the varsity said the KSOU Act doesn’t bar it from offering courses outside Karnataka, the UGC insisted the KSOU cannot operate outside the state. The varsity was offering courses outside the state, mainly in North India, Delhi in particular, through collaborative institutions by entering into an MoU. The collaborator would admit students while the varsity would conduct exams and announce results. It also issued the marks cards.

The UGC said the KSOU cannot operate outside the state as it has no jurisdiction and derecognized courses and this affected over 1 lakh students.

While the varsity has filed affidavits undertaking that it will stop its association with the collaborators, the UGC is not convinced. The state government recently amended the Act, restricting the varsity’s educational activities within the state boundaries.