After Karnataka State Open University, now it is the turn for Yuvaraja’s College as the All India Council for Technical Education has declared MBA course offered by the college as illegal.
The fate of 75 students admitted to the course from past two years now hangs in balance.
The Yuvaraja’s College, a constituent college of University of Mysore, had started MBA courses and other technical courses without getting approval from AICTE. The courses were started three years ago. There are 40 students in the second year and 35 students in the final year and many students are in the queue for fresh admissions. Now AICTE has directed the higher education principal secretary to immediately take action.
Under secretary for the Department of Higher Education wrote to UoM in June to suspend the courses.
RTI activist Shekar Iyer has complained to the AICTE alleging that MBA and other courses are illegal here.
Iyer said that he sought information regarding the MBA course through RTI and learnt that it was illegal. “Like KSOU, the Yuvaraja’s College authorities have started the course hoping that they would get approval later. The state government has been directed by AICTE to act against unapproved MBA course at Yuvaraja’s College. Autonomous colleges too have to take permission from AICTE to run technical courses,” he said.
However, the college authorities claim that they are functioning under UoM and that it is an autonomous institution. We don’t need approval from AICTE. We are conducting the course for a long time.”
Yuvaraja’s College Principal H Nangegowda said that they have sought approval at the syndicate meeting to run the MBA course. “We have replied to the letters from the government state and AICTE on the issue.”