Mysuru, August 24: Vice Chancellor of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Professor D Shivalingaiah on Friday said that there is no difference between degrees obtained from conventional universities and degrees obtained through open universities.
Citing UGC circulars and recent court judgements, Prof Shivalingaiah said that students with Open University degrees are eligible for appearing in competitive examinations such as Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS), Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central and state government examinations.
RECOGNITION FROM UGC
After the KSOU proposal, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has granted recognition to 17 non-technical streams from the years 2018-19 to 2022-23. UGC recognised streams are BA, BCom, BLibISc, MA (Kannada), MA (English), MA (Hindi), MA (Urdu), MA (Ancient History and Archaeology), MA (History), MA (Economics), MA (Political Science), MA (Public Administration), MA (Sociology), MA (Journalism and Mass Communication), MCom, M. LibISc., MSc (Environmental Science).
Citing prior permission of regulatory bodies and dearth of teaching faculties, UGC has not given permission for the following non-technical programmes – BEd, MBA, LLM (for want of prior permission), MA (Sanskrit), MSc (Bio Chemistry), MSc (Bio-Technology), MSc (Chemistry), MSc (Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics), MSc (Computer Science), MSc (Geography), MSc (Information Service), MSc (Mathematics), MSc (Microbiology), MSc (Physics) and MSc (Psychology) for dearth of teaching faculty.
However, UGC has given KSOU 30 days’ time from August 14, 2018 to apply for permission to the 15 pending streams. Thereafter, UGC will take a decision after scrutinising the documents submitted by KSOU regarding the recognition to non-technical programmes.
On his part, the VC has made a representation to UGC, MHRD and submitted a proposal, and is pursuing the matter with several MPs, central ministers for obtaining the recognition.
RECRUITMENT OF TEACHING FACULTY
The VC stated that, as per UGC regulations-2017, for one programme, there shall be one Associate Professor and two Assistant Professors. Promising to fill the vacant posts as early as possible, the VC said that 23 posts of Associate Professors and seven posts of Assistant Professors have been created.
REGIONAL CENTRES, STUDY CENTRES OF KSOU
Total of 17 regional centres at district-level and 51 various study centres under the jurisdiction of KSOU within the state has been approved.
Bengaluru (Chamarajapet), Bengaluru (BTM II stage), Bengaluru (Malleshwaram), Chamarajanagar, Davangere, Dharawad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Shivamogga, Mangaluru, Tumakuru, Mandya, Kolar, Ramanagara, Chikkamagaluru, Udupi and Karwar are the 17 approved regional centres.
Professor Jagadish, Dean, KSOU and Dr Rangaswamy, Registrar (evaluation), KSOU were present. –(MR, NAV,GK)