Minister and VC meet UGC chief to resolve Karnataka State Open University crisis
Union Minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi met UGC chairperson DP Singh has sought a quick solution for the future of over 95,000 students of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) still hanging in the balance.
The recognition of KSOU was withdrawn in 201, with back effect form 2013. It meant that students who had enrolled in KSOU to graduate in 2013 or after would not get a degree or receive a certificate. However, the recognition of KSOU was restored in 2018, the students who got enrolled until 2015 remained uncertain.
“I had enrolled for an MA program in 2013 because KSOU was a government institution. The present situation has affected my career plans and finances. Students should not be punished for the irregularities committed by the University” a woman fro the Bangalore said. The 23 years old needed to finish the master’s program to start teaching. “I am now forced to take tuitions at home. We studied hard and completed our assignments to end up like this” she said.
MP Pratap Simha, KSOU vice-chancellor Prof Vidyashankar and MP Nalin Kumar Kateel were part of the deputation. Vidyashankar said “We are working every way possible to make sure the future of these students is secured. Talks are on and we’re hoping for a solution”