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Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore, Karnataka
Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore, Karnataka
Address:Manasagangotri Campus, University of Mysore
Mysore (District Mysore)
Karnataka, IndiaPin Code : 570006
Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Open University.
Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka is also known as KSOU.
Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka was established on / in 01.06.1996.
Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka is situated in Mysore of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mysore comes under Mysore Tehsil, Mysore District.
Fax # of Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka is 0821-2500846, 2500847.
Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka are 92685-71117, 92685-71118.
email ID(s) is
Website of Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka is www.ksoumysore.com, www.ksoumysore.edu.in.
Vice Chancellor : Ph : 0821-2515149 (Office), firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com.
Registrar : Sri K. R. Jayaprakash Rao, KAS, Ph : 0821-2512471 (O), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Details of Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-821-2500845, 2500982, 2519950, 2515149
2. M.Phil. Courses
3.Master's Degree Courses
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education (M.Ed.- approved by NCTE)
Master of Arts in English
Master of Arts in Kannada
Master of Arts in Hindi
Master of Arts in Urdu
Master of Arts in Sanskrit
Master of Arts in History
Master of Arts in Political Science
Master of Arts in Economics
Master of Arts in Sociology
Master of Commerce
4. Bachelor's Degree Courses
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed- approved by NCTE)
Post Graduate Diploma in English
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
Diploma in Kannada
Diploma in Journalism
Certificate Course in Kannada
5. PG Diploma Programs
Post Graduate Diploma in English
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
Post-Pre University Diploma in Kannada
Post-Puc Diploma in Journalism
Certificate Course in Kannada
8.Information Technology Courses
* Certificate in Information Technology (CIT)
* Diploma in Information Technology (DIT)
* Advance Diploma in Information Technology (ADIT)
* Bachelor in Information Technology - B.Sc(IT)
* PG Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT)
* Master of Information Technology - M.Sc(IT)
Profile of Karnataka State Open University KSOUIntroduction
The Karnataka State Open University established on 1st June 1996 vide Karnataka Govt. Notification No. ED 1 UOV 95 dated 12th February 1996 - KSOU Act 1992 is considered to be a reputed Open University amongst the open learning institutions in the country. Keeping in view the educational needs of our country, in general, and state in particular the policies and programmes have been geared to cater to the needy. Karnataka State Open University is a recognised University of Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi, permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, UK, Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China, and also has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
Karnataka State Open University is situated at the North-Western end of the Manasagangotri campus, Mysore. The campus, which is about 5 kms, from the city centre, has a serene atmosphere ideally suited for academic pursuits. The University houses at present the Administrative Office, Academic Block, Lecture Halls, a well-equipped Library, Guest House Cottages, a Moderate Canteen, Girls Hostel and a few cottages providing limited accommodation to students coming to Mysore for attending the Contact Programmes or Term-end examinations.
The Open-Distance-Learning (ODL) system is a unique and challenging mode of education offered at the University level. This system provides ample opportunities for those who desire to have University education at their place of work or residence. This method is popularly known as Distance Education. It is perhaps the only way to meet the ever-increasing demand for Higher Education especially in a developing country like India. Distance Education programmes are specially designed for:
a) Candidates who discontinue their formal education owing to pecuniary or other circumstances
b) Candidates residing in geographically remote areas
c) Candidates who cannot get admission to a regular college / Post-graduate department
d) Employed persons who cannot pursue their study as full-time candidates
e) Individuals who wish to pursue learning for knowledge sake
f) Candidates who wish to update knowledge and skills
The Open-Distance-Learning (ODL) system is perhaps the only system that has been planned in such a way that it is able to cater to all those who desire to seek Higher Education in spite of the fact that they are in a disadvantageous position due to social, economic, spatial and such other reasons. Also to cater to the increasing demand for Higher Education, flexibilities in terms of age, qualification, location, time, etc., have been introduced to the maximum extent.
Profile of University
The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) located in Mysore is a premier name in the field of distance education in India. The university was established by the Government of Karnataka to provide distance learning education to the people who cannot attend full time or part time educational courses offered by universities. The University has been recognised by the University of Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi. KSOU is a regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi.
The Karnataka State Open University, Mysore - a pioneer in the sphere of distance education in India, has great pleasure in greeting you at its worldwide portal here. For an institution whose very building blocks are Openness and Universality, nothing more Open and more Universal could have happened than this worldwide website. Karnataka State Open University is a recognised University of Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, regular member of the Asssociation of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi, permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Unversities (ACU), London, UK, Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China, and also has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL). The University is the eighth Open University in India and is one of the largest distance education university in the state of Karnataka. Before becoming an Open University, the University used to function as Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education of the University of Mysore, Mysore. Total Enrollment in the year 2000 were 27231; Enrollments in 2004 are over 30,000 students. The Karnataka State Open University came into being in 1996 by an act promulgated by the Karnataka State Assembly, known as the Karnataka State Open University Act. KSOU evolved from the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education of the Mysore University. It is the 8th Open University in India. It is situated on a 15 acre land lying on the Mysore- Mangalore highway, within the campus of Mysore University. This university has its jurisdiction over whole of Karnataka and operates through its wide network of study centers in cities like Bagalkote, Bangalore, Bellary, Belgaum, Chikmanglur, Dharwad, Kolar, Raichur, Shimoga and others.
KSOU presently has a strength of about 50,000 students. It is in the process of establishing a 'virtual university'. KSOU has a vision of providing education to the underprivileged and to those who could not continue higher education for some reason. It also strives to make education cost effective with the purpose of democratizing education. The Karnataka State Open University Mysore is one the premier institutes of he country engaged in distance educational programs. The well developed infrastructure of the open university is programed to aid the students to participate in self instructional educational programs. The university was born out of the Mysore University with the Institute for Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education of the older university being converted into the Karnataka State Open University at Mysore in the year 1966.
The university offers various degree courses and caters to the educational requirement of the students placed in distant corners of the country. The Karnataka State Open University of Mysore offers Bachelor of Arts degree in 11 subjects while Master of Arts is awarded in 9 subjects only. The university also offers degrees in B.Com, M.Com, M.B.A, M.Phil and Ph.D. The Karnataka State Open University in Mysore adopts the methods to make the distance learning a learner centered one. The university provides the students with the self instructional printed material that include the blocks or the booklets with the instruction and lessons written in a comprehensible language. The university also provides the students with the audio and video material which are supplementary educational tools. Practical lessons and counsellings are conducted according to the convenience of the local students. The Karnataka State Open University Mysore evaluates the students according to the assignments and the end term examination conducted by the university. The students are graded according to their performances. The university has lately collaborated with the Indira Gandhi National Open University to start new educational programs.
Karnataka State Open University was formally established on June 1, 1996 under the Karnataka State Open University Act of 1992, with the objectives of introducing and promoting the system of open university and distance learning in the state of Karnataka, and coordinating and determining the standard of such a system in the state. The university has its headquarters in Mysore. The university was initiated by the Government of Karnataka. The objective is to provide education to people who cannot attend full time or part time educational courses offered by universities. The distance education programmes of Karnataka State Open University provide opportunities to working professionals who cannot afford full time education to earn degrees or diplomas. The Karnataka State Open University originally started as the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education, a wing of University of Mysore. The Karnataka State Open University is the 8th Open University to be established in India. Karnataka State Open University was founded by the Karnataka State Open University Act of 1992. Since then the University has been promoting the system of Open University and distance learning in the state of Karnataka.
Karnataka State Open University is situated in an area of 15 acres along the Mysore-Mangalore highway, in the Manasagangotri campus of the University of Mysore, in Mysore city. It is about 5 km. from the city centre and has an atmosphere ideally suited for academic pursuits. The university headquarters houses the administrative offices, the academic block, lecture halls, a well-equipped library, a few cottages for students coming to Mysore for examinations and contact programmes, and all the necessary amenities such as post-office, bank and canteen.
It now offers wide-ranging programmes leading to degrees from the graduate level to the doctoral level and also offers a variety of diploma and certificate programmes. The university is now in the process of introducing multi-level, inter-linked programmes in information technology, apart from several specialized programmes in different areas of contemporary value and interest, in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
Objectives of KSOU
The Karnataka State Open University came into being to achieve the following objectives:
Democratising Higher Education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners.
Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it, irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications.
Offering need - based academic Programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the programme.
Promoting and developing distance education in India.
Relaxed entry regulations.
Providing opportunities to study according to one's own pace and convenience.
Flexibility in choosing the combination of courses from a wide range of disciplines.
Providing opportunity to study from one's own choosen place and pace.
KSOU is committed to cater to the requirements of the students on the basis of conventional and non - conventional methods of teaching and learning. The Study Centres are established to provide face to face interaction between the students and KSOU on all aspects of the academic Programme. These Centres provide weekend counselling, library facilities, and other information. These will be available to the students during their visits to the study centres.
All the important communications are sent to the co-ordinators of the centres and the co-ordinator will display a copy of such circular/notification on the notice board of the study Centre for the benefit of all the students. You are therefore advised to keep in touch with your nearest study Centre. Information with regard to submission of assignments, examination forms, issue of admission tickets, examination time-table, declaration of results etc., can be obtained from respective Co-ordinators of the study centres.
For B.A./B.Com. students, weekend Counselling will be arranged at these Study Centres. For M.A./M.Com.(Previous and Final) Contact Programme will be held at Bangalore, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Mysore, Shimoga and Udupi/Mangalore Centres.
The details of the Programme and the Institution where it will be held will be intimated to the students individually. The students can also contact the Regional centres for such information and also to obtain application forms for admission and for examination etc. For Diploma courses contact programme will be arranged at Mysore only. To achieve the objectives of Distance Education, the University at present has established the Regional Centres / Study Centres in various parts of Karnataka State.
KSOU: National - International Recognition
* Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) was established on 1st June 1996 with the assent of H.E. Governor of Karnataka as a full fledged University in the academic year 1996 vide Government notification no ED 1 UOV 95 dated 12th February 1996 (KSOU Act - 1992). The act was promulgated with the object to incorporate an Open University at the State level for the introduction and promotion of Open University and Distance Education systems in the education pattern of the State and for the Co-ordination and determination of standard of such systems.
* With the virtue of KSOU Act of 1992, Karnataka State Open University is empowered to establish, maintain or recognize Colleges, Regional Centres and Study Centres at such places in Karnataka and may also open outside Karnataka at such places as it deems fit.
* Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, has accorded recognition to Karnataka State Open University, Mysore for offering Programmes / Courses approved by the Statutory bodies of the University. Karnataka State Open University is a recognized University of Distance Education Council under the agies of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) (Revised notification F. No. DEC/OU/Recog./2008).
* Karnataka State Open University is a regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi since 1999 (No. EV/11(80)/99/203935-4172).
* Karnataka State Open University is a permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, United Kingdom since 1999. Its member code is: ZKASOPENUINI.
* Karnataka State Open University is a permanent member of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China since 1999.
* Karnataka State Open University has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada since 2003. COL is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning / distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.
Recognition Policy of the DEC
I. Provisional Recognition
II. Continuance of Provisional Recognition
III. Post Facto Recognition
IV. Regular Recognition
V. Territorial Jurisdiction
VI. Approvals to Study Centers
I Provisional Recognition
The Distance Education Council (DEC) gives provisional recognition to Universities/ Institutions who apply to DEC for offering programmes through distance education mode. Provisional recognition is accorded to Institutions that satisfy the minimum criteria prescribed by DEC for starting or for offering programmes in distance mode. Provisional recognition certifies or provides the authority to offer programmes in distance mode.
The DEC maintains that all programmes are to be approved by the statutory bodies of the university and also by other regulatory bodies in the country, wherever required. Further it is the responsibility of the Institution concerned to take any such approval.
Provisional Recognition is an interim measure provided to the institutions for a period of one year.
II Continuance of Provisional Recognition
Such Institutions which are given provisional recognition and subsequently apply to DEC for Regular recognition are given continuation of the recognition till the Expert Committee visits the Institution, and the decision is taken regarding its regular recognition.
III Post Facto Recognition
Post facto recognition is accorded to ODL Institutions that were offering programmes in distance mode prior to the establishment of DEC and before the introduction of the Recognition Scheme by DEC in 2003. Post Facto recognition is accorded to such institutions who apply to DEC seeking post facto recognition. For such institutions, Post Facto recognition is accorded in view of the demand from their students and also from the employers in the light of the Gazette Notification No. 44 of the Govt. of India dated 1st March 1995. The Post Facto recognition is accorded to such institutions only from 1st March 1995 or from the date of commencement of Distance Education programmes which ever is later.
IV Regular Recognition
It is mandatory for all ODL Institutions to apply to DEC for regular recognition of their Institution as well as their programmes offered through distance mode. The regular recognition is valid for a minimum period of 3 years and a maximum period of 5 years.
V Territorial Jurisdiction
The Distance Education Council has decided not to insist on territorial jurisdiction to be followed by institutions in offering programmes through distance and online modes and on that matter, universities should be governed by their own Acts and Statutes.
VI Approvals to Study Centers
The DEC does not consider giving approvals to Study Centers of any distance education institution as opening of Study Centers and Regional Centers is an internal policy matter of the institution/ university concerned, as per the provision in their own Act/ Statutes.
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Media coverage of Karnataka State Open University KSOU, Mysore Karnataka, Karnataka
V-C of Karnataka State Open University accuses minister Ramdas of interferenceMYSORE: Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) V-C K S Rangappa on Tuesday went on the offensive, accusing medical education minister S A Ramdas of infringing the varsitys autonomy and interfering with the authority vested in the vice-chancellor, a charge denied by the minister. Ramdas countered the V-C, saying Rangappa lacks common sense.
Governor and chancellor H R Bhardwaj has sought Rangappas comments tnhe controversy pertaining to paramedical courses and the charges made against him by the minister. The V-C said he would explain to the governor. This comes even as the state government has ordered a CID probe into the collaborations entered into by the varsity, and the KSOU non-teaching staff association threw its lot behind Rangappa.
What business does he have to make a spot inspection of an institution which has entered into an MoU with the varsity? Did he consult me after he found out the alleged lapses? This is interfering with my authority, an angry Rangappa said. He is targeting me and has a hidden agenda, the V-C said on Tuesday.
Referring to the ministers complaint to the governor, he said: Ramdas has contended in the letter that I didnt work transparently while getting the statues approved. Whats the evidence? If the degrees awarded by the varsity are invalid, as claimed by the minister, it is better to close down the varsity.
Rangappa asserted that the Karnataka State Open University Act is final and that he acted as per its provisions. As per Section 5 (1) (i) of the Act, the university is empowered to impact education in such branches of knowledge, vocations and professions as it may determine, and is free to enter into an MoU as well as recognize any institution for such purpose. There is no need for the varsity to seek the approval of the government, as claimed by the minister, Rangappa stated. The statues are approved by the governor. The additional solicitor general of India, too, has said that approval of any regulatory body is not required for the varsity to start technical courses, the V-C said.
The row pertains to a difference in opinion between the V-C and minister, who has accused the varsity of overstepping its jurisdiction by offering paramedical courses without approval from the statutory bodies. This came after Ramdas paid a surprise visit to an institute approved by KSOU at Bangalore on May 8 and found that the institute was not functioning out of the building specified. Rangappa said: Ive not approved any paramedical courses and approval to the Ygen Management Consulting Private Ltd, Bangalore, was accorded by my predecessor B A Viveka Rai. Ramdas has complained that the varsity has no sanction from the Distance Education Council. It is wrong. We have DEC approval till April 2013. The DEC recognizes the varsity and not the courses, he said.
CID probe ordered into KSOU scamChief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Friday ordered a CID probe against the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) which is said to have conducted technical and paramedical courses illegally.
Following a letter by Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas, the principal secretary to Higher Education was directed to inquire into the matter and submit a report.
In his letter to the chief minister on May 8, Ramdas said the KSOU had kept the Governors office in the dark on the agreement signed with the institutes, without obtaining the Governors approval.
A Ramdas shot off a letter to Governor H R Bhardwaj on Thursday, on the violation of norms by the KSOU and requested the Governor, who is also the Chancellor, to relook into the affairs of the Open University.
The university had sought and obtained Raj Bhavans approval to introduce five statutes in a non-transparent manner, paving way for its collaboration with outreach institutions.
As per the KSOU Act, 1996, there is no provision for academic collaboration. Still, the KSOU board of management introduced five statutes through the Karnataka State Open University (Academic Collaboration Statutes – 2011).
Later, it sought the governments opinion in June 2011. While the Education department is yet to comment, the Law department termed the proposal not legal, valid and justifiable. Something more is required legally.
Without completing the due process, the KSOU approached the Chancellor and got the approval for the four statutes. The university was supposed to place the proposal before the legislature after the chancellors approval, the process which it has omitted, Ramdas alleged.
Vice Chancellor K S Rangappa, while getting the approval of statutes, has not acted transparently in bringing certain facts before the Governors office, the minister stated.
The MoUs with nine institutions for various paramedical and technical courses were signed before obtaining the Governors approval on January 7 this year, he pointed out.
The Distance Education Council of New Delhi had received complaints about the KSOU offering professional courses and issued a show-cause notice in June, 2010.
KSOU filed a case against the DEC in the Delhi High Court, besides threatening to file a defamation case. As the matter is pending in the court, the DEC has not taken action against the KSOU, he said.
Karnataka State Open University row: Ramdas seeks probeMYSORE-BANGALORE: Medical education minister S A Ramdas, who accused the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) of overstepping its jurisdiction and offering paramedical and nursing courses without approval from statutory bodies, has taken the issue to chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda seeking a probe.
Ramdas has stumbled upon the lapses of an educational institution approved by the KSOU during a spot inspection in Bangalore on Tuesday and took the issue to the CM. He has written to the CM demanding a judicial probe.
There are complaints against the institution and I am seeking a probe. I discussed the matter with the chief secretary too. The KSOU has signed MoUs with many institutes and since the case is related to higher education department, Ive asked the CM to order a probe, he said.
He took strong exception to KSOU vice-chancellor K S Rangappa accusing the minister of targeting him.
Why should I do that? There are lapses which came to my notice and Im seeking corrective steps, Ramdas said.
Ramdas misleading students: KSOUThe Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) on Thursday responded strongly to allegations made by Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas that the university has overstepped its jurisdiction in offering technical and professional courses.
In a press statement, KSOU said that the minister has not verified basic facts regarding MoUs between KSOU and the institutes raided by him. His statements are misleading the public and have put students in confusion, KSOU said.
KSOU has also said that the minister has raided residences of directors of M-s YGen Management Consulting Pvt Ltd, JP Nagar and Education Resources at Sadashivnagar in Bangalore, instead of inspecting the educational premises of these institutes which are in collaboration with the university.
YGen is yet to start any course approved by the university and hence the question of alleged violations doesnt arise.
KSOU has also clarified that Distance Educational Council has given institutional approval for the university till 2013. The university has also said that if any specific allegation is brought to its notice, it wont hesitate to take action.
YGen Management Consulting Pvt Ltd (YGen), a part of YGen Group, on which Ramdas had conducted raids on Tuesday, has said allegations made by the minister are false.
In a press statement, YGen Group Director H N Ramesh said that he was dismayed when an entourage of media and public led by a senior minister entered the house of their CEO, Dipankar Choudhury, without prior intimation. Only the CEOs wife, his 14 month-old daughter and a maid were present. The CEO was on an official trip to Chennai and was back on Tuesday evening.
The statement further said the allegation that YGen is running an institution in a two-storey building that was closed 20 days ago was false as YGen was not running any institution.
It said it has only tied up with KSOU to offer various programmes through study centres or institutions.
Surprise visit throws up surprises for Karnataka ministerBANGALORE: The buildings , meant to be educational institutes approved by the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU ),were turned into residential premises . This came to light when medical education minister SA Ramdas went on a surprise visit at Y Gen Finishing School in JP Nagar on Tuesday .
One was the residential address of Y Gen CEO Dipankar Chaudhary , while the other the official address of the institute , which never existed . Ramdas first visited Chaudharys house on the address given to him . A nameplate with Chaudharys initials was fixed outside but instead of going in , the minister decided to visit the institute first .
Ramdas led his convoy to the college premises , which was given permission to run several distant-education courses . The college supposed to be owned by Y Gen Management Consultancy Private Ltd, looked more like a two-storeyed residential building . To get the facts right , Ramdas went inside and enquired , only to be told that the administrative office (of the college ) used to be there , but was shifted to an unknown location about six months ago .
Ramdas then went to Chaudharys residential address in JP Nagar and to his surprise found the nameplate missing from the door . The ground floor was empty and nobody stopped or questioned the minister . On the first floor , the room was locked.
S Kalpana , a neighbour , said : After the minister left, I saw a woman take the board away . There used to be an institute here .
Ramdas said the college is authorized by KSOU . We visited their registered office and college but couldnt find anyone there . They had signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding ) with the government . As per that , the institute offers degree , diploma and PG courses . They are also running pharmacy , ayurveda , nursing and paramedical courses without permission . He said the KSOU had written to the DEC (distance education committee ) requesting it to recognize 422 courses , but didnt specify the type of courses offered .
DEC prohibited the KSOU from running some distance learning courses . It issued a memorandum observing that KSOUhas indulged in illegal activities , misleading students at large , thereby , jeopardizing their careers , Ramdas said .
After looking at the infrastructure provided by Y GEN Consultancy Private Ltd, we didnt give them permission to continue with their operations. If there are any certificates, they are all fake. How does the medical education minister know what is going on? Does he know the statutes? I am working as per that. Is the minister getting personal? We are a bigger institution than AICTE. Although the DEC hasnt allowed us to go ahead with distance education courses, our inspection panel said these courses are necessary.
KS Rangappa | KSOU Vice-Chancellor
Ramdas casts violation slur on KSOUBANGALORE: Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas on Tuesday charged the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore, with functioning beyond its statutory jurisdiction and offering paramedical and nursing courses without the approval of statute bodies of the state government.
He said here on Tuesday that the KSOU is indulging in serious violations by offering even professional technical courses without sanction from the Distance Education Council, New Delhi.
The varsity has also issued advertisements in various dailies containing details of its technical programmes through distance education, he said.
He said that the DEC, which is the governing body of open universities in the country, has taken note of the lapses and had issued show cause notices, in addition to� threatening to withdraw recognition accorded to it. The minister also charged the university with unilaterally resolving to introduce five statutes, including those for academic collaboration� and recruitment, and adopting it without sanction of the state government.
Vowing action against officials involved, the minister said that he would bring the issue to the notice of the Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.
I will also not hesitate to order registering of a criminal complaint against the officials of the KSOU for their illegal actions, Ramdas added.
Expressing apprehension at the KSOU losing its recognition from the DEC for its violations, the minister said: This has also cast a shadow on the future of over one lakh students who have registered with the university for various courses.
In such a situation, it must be the government which will have to answer for the lapses of the KSOU, the minister said.
KSOUs illegal courses may hit 1 lakh studentsA raid of two such institutes in the City by Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas on Tuesday revealed that there was no such facility as mentioned in the records, triggering suspicions of foul play.
He has threatened the university of derecognition if it fails to adhere to rules.
When questioned about the alleged irregularities, University Vice-Chancellor K S Rangappa said he acted in accordance with the University act. Rangappa said he is ready for an open debate in the presence of media on the issue.
According to the minister, the KSOU had signed memorandums of understanding with 95 institutes, offering 422 subjects, including certain paramedical courses. This, despite the Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, asking the KSOU to stop making admissions for these courses following several complaints on the subject recognition itself. Ramdas said the KSOU had signed MOUs with collaborative - partner institutions well before the approval (on December 27, 2011) of the statutes necessary for governing academic collaboration.
He said the courses being offered by 95 institutes under the KSOU did not have recognition of statutory bodies of respective state governments. For instance, while introducing paramedical courses (which come under the purview of Medical Education ministry) in Karnataka, the KSOU had not taken recognition from the Paramedical board, Karnataka Nursing Board and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Ramdas said in the absence of such recognition, courses offered by collaborative agents of KSOU failed to have legal sanctity.
The minister said he would write to the chief minister to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into all institutes which had signed MoUs with the KSOU and take necessary action against the culprits. Action had to be taken fast as the MoUs were signed during 2010 and the institutes had already started functioning in the last four months.
Ramdas said a copy of the letter would also be sent to Governor H R Bhardwaj, who is the Chancellor of all universities in State, the Medical Council of India, and DEC.
Asked why he couldnt initiate action against KSOU, Ramdas said only 34 of 422 subjects would come under his ministrys purview, while many other courses come under the VTU and RGUHS. For the same reason, he was writing to the chief minister for a comprehensive investigation.
Ramdas said the KSOU had acted out of bounds and ignored the show cause notices by DEC dated June 10, 2011, asking it to stop admissions and file a detailed report on the recognition of courses. He asked the KSOU not to mislead students regarding courses and threatened the university of derecognition if it failed in its delivery of duties.
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