Some aggrieved students of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) plan to launch an "anti-BJP and Congress campaign" to express their displeasure over the "inability" of the national parties in resolving issues within KSOU and in protecting the welfare of students.
KSOU student ASNandeesh stated in a press conference that in spite of BJPand Congress party being in power at the Centre and state respectively, the authorities failed to take measures to get recognition for the varsity. Due to the negligence of both the political party leaders and KSOU authorities, the students have been suffering, he said. "We will launch a campaign against the national parties and ask people not to support either BJP or Congress in the upcoming general elections," he said. In June 2015, UGCdiscontinued recognition of all the courses offered by the varsity from the year 2012-13. Nandeesh said that if Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar and Karnataka Higher Education Basavaraj Rayareddy were really concerned about the welfare of students and the institution, they would have resolved the issue.
"When the ministers and the governments are not in a position to provide justice, why should they be in power," he questioned. The students also threatened to stage a protest during BJP's 'Parivarthana Yatre' to be held in Mysuru on January 25 and in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bengaluru to attend the party's function on February 4.
"We will also protest during Congress party's 'Sadhana Samavesha'," they warned. Another student RVeeregowda alleged that Union Minister Javadekar has double standards. The minister had assured of taking measures to get recognition for the varsity during his visit to the state but the minister permitted UGC to file a petition against KSOU. Owing to de-recognition, no students have been getting jobs and lakhs of degree holders are in trouble as their certificates are not being considered, he said.