UGC approval for KSOU courses soon, says VC

Permission sought for admitting students to 66 courses for 2017-18

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) vice chancellor D Shivalingaiah has said that all conditions set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) have been fulfilled and there is hope that the courses of the institution would soon get recognition.

Additional Chief Secretary for Higher Education Bharat Lal Meena has also written a letter to UGC Chairman Ved Prakash seeking permission for admission of students to the courses.

“Due to the de-recognition of courses, the KSOU and its students are a worried lot. As the KSOU could not admit students for two years, the university is facing a financial crisis. The only source of income for KSOU is the fees paid by the students for the courses,” he said.

The VC told DH that KSOU has submitted over a quintal of documents in hardcopy to the UGC authorities in New Delhi on February 6 and no stone has been left unturned in view of getting recognition for courses from the upcoming academic year. “Four officials of KSOU took the documents in a flight and have submitted them to the UGC. They have also explained about the steps taken by KSOU to fulfil the conditions laid down by UGC through a power point presentation,” he said.

KSOU has presented details about all courses offered by the institution for the past 10 years and has given details about all admissions, study materials of all courses, syllabus of all courses, academic partnership cancellation modalities, copies of notices issued to partners not to use the website of KSOU, public notices issued, so far, for publication and copies of the updates of the website.

KSOU authorities have sought permission to admit students to 66 courses for the academic year 2017-18 including undergraduate, post-graduate, PG diploma, certificate and PhD programmes. Besides giving an undertaking that KSOU would not make the UGC a defendant in court cases, KSOU officials have also provided all documents about following directions of UGC so far.

Since the UGC de-recognised the courses offered by KSOU on June 15, 2015 for violating jurisdiction and other guidelines, the institution has had two zero years (2015-16 and 2016-17). H P Dixit-headed commission, which studied the documents of the KSOU in December 2016, had submitted a report to the UGC. Following objections of the UGC, based on the Dixit report, KSOU had submitted a 600-page action taken report earlier also.
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