Denial of recognition to KSOU by UGC illegal, says RTI activist

Dec 7, 2017

Mysuru: Claiming that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had no grounds on which it could deny recognition to Karnataka State Open University, RTI activist Balakrishna Krishnappa said that he would fight to get the varsity re-recognised.

“KSOU has taken approval from all the concerned supervising bodies and boards to operate arts, commerce and management courses, which do not require the seal of technical bodies,” Balakrishna said on Wednesday.

In 2012, when its recognition was about to lapse, KSOU submitted an application to the UGC seeking renewal for all its courses before the start of the 2012-13 academic year. “UGC should have refused recognition to KSOU before the 2012-13 academic year started. However, the UGC issued a notification denying recognition to KSOU only on June 15, 2015, which was grave and against public interest,” said Balakrishna.

Citing a verdict of the Supreme Court, the RTI activist said that varsities cannot be granted recognition retrospectively. “In the same vein, recognition cannot be denied retrospectively either. UGC should have rejected KSOU’s application in 2012, and public should have been informed about it before the admissions began that year. But, the UGC remained silent for more than three years, when thousands of students have passed out. Denial of recognition is illegal and violation of its rules and regulations,” said Balakrishna.

The activist held the varsity’s board of studies, academic council, board of management and the state government responsible for the crisis. “The nexus between the UGC authorities and universities of neighbouring states and private universities, have led to this situation,” he said.

In a letter to the Karnataka higher education minister Basavaraj Rayareddy, Balakrishna has expressed his desire to work with the government to help KSOU regain recognition.