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KSOU awaits course-wise nod

It seems like the stage is set for the defunct Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) in Mysuru to get back its lost pride as all eyes are on the University Grants Commission (UGC), which is slated to announce its fate shortly on starting courses for the academic year 2018-19.

People at the helm of affairs at KSOU claim they are “awaiting good news on or before August 10” as the UGC’s high-power meeting on recognitions and other issues took place in Delhi on Thursday.

The academic session for 2018-19 was supposed to have started in July (as per the new calendar) but UGC is yet to make known its decision on recognition. Nevertheless, the officials claim that KSOU can still offer courses even in August since it is the first year of UGC’s new guidelines.

The Centre is being asked to intervene with the leaders from the State apparently exerting pressure on it for an early decision. Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Friday wrote to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to take up the KSOU issue for getting approval for the 2018-19 session.

“We are awaiting a positive reply from UGC on the recognition and hope to start the courses from this year” Vice-Chancellor D. Shivalingaiah told
The Hindu
.

The Vice-Chancellor, who met UGC officials when he was in Delhi recently, said: “I’m told that KSOU recognition is likely to be restored before August 10. We are pinning hopes on the UGC.”

Preventing violations

According to him, the UGC, as per the 2017 regulations, will be granting approval to courses and not to the universities as a whole.

This restricts the universities from offering courses on their own without getting the approval from UGC. This step had been taken by it to prevent such violations.

“In its order, the UGC will be mentioning the names of courses as per the classification in its new rulebook. We have listed 31 in-house courses for this year,” he explained.

One of the main conditions put by it on us was fulfilment of staff for each course, which has been complied with by the KSOU, theVice-Chancellor said.

We are awaiting a positive reply from UGC on the recognition and hope to start the courses from this year. I’m told that KSOU recognition is likely to be restored before August 10.D. ShivalingaiahVice-Chancellor Karnataka State Open University


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