Karnataka State Open University seeks help of PM to resolve UGC recognition renewal.

Karnataka State Open University

The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) has approached University Grants Commission (UGC) to consider seeking renewal of recognition of courses offered by it.

The University Grants Commission of India is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in 1956, and is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education. It provides recognition to universities in India, and disburses funds to such recognized universities and colleges.

In its June 16th 2015 notice, the University Grants Commission had stated that Karnataka State Open University has been offering programs through distance learning mode by conspicuously flouting the norms, guidelines, and directives of the University Grants commission and erstwhile Distance Education Council of Indira Gandhi National Open University. The UGC stated that it has not recognized the courses extended by the university beyond 2012-13. The notice further stated that taking admissions to such programmes might jeopardise the career of the students.

Mysuru MP Prathap Simha has composed a letter to PM Narendra Modi, requesting that he re-establish the acknowledgment. He has marked a copy of his letter to Modi, HRD minister Smriti Irani, UGC chairman Ved Prakash and other officials in the commission and the ministry.

The University has issued a notification, announcing its decision to restrict its decision to restrict its academic activities to Karnataka. To get things working again, the vice-chancellor M G Krishnan has kept himself occupied with meeting the officials of Human Resource Development Ministry and UGC last week.

The MP Prathap Simha quoted, “”Both UGC and the HRD ministry have attempted to enforce territorial jurisdiction of universities as well as stopping technical and professional courses through Open and Distance Learning mode”