KSOU row: Ramdas seeks Governor's intervention

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) is playing with the future of students by offering  more than 400 courses illegally, said former minister S A Ramdas, here on Friday.

Ramdas sought the intervention of Governor Vajubai R Vala also the chancellor of the university and the State government to ensure justice to the students, the affected lot. Addressing media, Ramdas said that t he varsity was taking the students for a ride by claiming that it had recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC). 

Paramedical courses
“During my tenure as the medical education minister during the BJP led government earlier, the varsity had introduced several paramedical courses. Following this, several centers were also raided and had warned KSOU authorities against continuing and starting such courses in the future. However, the varsity had ignored it” alleged Ramdas. He recalled that UGC had also issued a show-cause notice to KSOU authorities in the past.

Responding to KSOU VC Prof M G Krishnan’s version that UGC was not vested with rights to derecognise the courses offered by KSOU, Ramdas questioned, then how could varsity authorities draw salaries from UGC. “This shows that UGC also has the right to derecognise the courses,” .

Ramdas ruled out the chances of KSOU appealing against the UGC order in court, as a case was already pending  in the Supreme Court.
 

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