KSOU courses: 'Positive' response from UGC, says MP

Lok Sabha member Prathap Simha has said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) would withdraw the de-recognition of the courses offered by Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), if the varsity authorities present the affidavits confirming the snapping of ties with the study centres outside Karnataka.

The MP, in a press release, issued here on Wednesday, after meeting UGC Chairman Ved Prakash and secretary Jaspal Singh Sandu at New Delhi, has stated that he received a positive response from the UGC.

Report

The Inspection Expert Committee of the UGC, which had visited KSOU recently, is expected to submit its report on December 18. The UGC is likely to sort out the issue in the interest of the students, who have obtained degrees from the KSOU since the year 2011, said Simha.

The degrees obtained since 2011 by students in the distant education mode had been de-recognised in an UGC order this June. KSOU Vice Chancellor M G Krishnan had also tried to meet the chairman and the secretary of the UGC on Tuesday at New Delhi.

He said, despite efforts made to get an appointment of the UGC authorities, he could not meet them. “We have cancelled all our memoranda of understanding with study centres outside Karnataka and the issue has been communicated to the notice of the UGC,” he added.

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