Council panel quizzes KSOU authorities, UoM VC skips inquiry

Chairman of the State Legislative Council Privilege Committee Go Madhusudhan said the committee quizzed three authorities of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), including former vice-chancellor M G Krishnan, in connection with the irregularities here on Wednesday.

He said, however, Vice Chancellor K S Rangappa of the University of Mysore (UoM) skipped the inquiry regarding the lapses in offering Online and Outreach courses.

MLC Madhusudhan said the inquiry was held at KSOU from 12.30 pm to 2 pm and Krishnan is believed to have admitted that there was a breach of privilege as he did not get the approval of the Council for the rules formed during his tenure.

“While Krishnan was not able to provide clarification to some issues, he defended his moves citing the practice during the tenure of his predecessors. He also explained that the KSOU did not apply for renewal of recognition since 2013 and it came to his notice only during a review of the processes,” Madhusudhan said.

He said UoM Registrar C Basavaraju admitted that the Online and Outreach programmes offered by the university did not have recognition as they do not have the required permission. KSOU VC D Shivalingaiah, Registrar P S Nayak and former registrar B S Vishwanath appeared before the committee.

He said the inquiry of Krishnan would be continued on May 18 in Bengaluru. “UoM VC Rangappa would also be summoned to the next meeting,” he added.

MLC C H Vijayashankar, Council Secretary Shrisha and Joint Secretary Manjula were present.
DH News Service

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