The Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey has told the Parliament that the action of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in derecognising the courses offered by the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) was in accordance with the regulatory framework.
Replying to the questions raised by Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha, the minister has stated that various violations of the UGC norms were detected at KSOU and therefore approval could not be granted for the year 2015-16.
Pratap Simha raised questions including whether the UGC has derecognised some technical and professional courses offered by KSOU, whether the UGC has taken any decision regarding continuing recognition of courses offered by KSOU.
The MP questioned that did the derecognition amount to violation of Right to Education and Rights to Equality and whether the KSOU has violated the norms for courses offered in open and distance learning mode and have agreed to comply with the norms.
In his reply, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey stated: “The KSOU is a state university offering courses on the distance mode. It was accorded institutional recognition by the Distance Education Council (DEC) of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) up to 2012-13.”
“For the year 2013-14, the UGC had withdrawn the approval since the university was found to have violated the norms, specifically the territorial jurisdictional aspect in imparting general, technical and professional courses/programmes without the prior approval of the statutory authorities,” he stated.
“Subsequently, the university agreed to abide by the norms and guidelines of UGC and requested to accord recognition for the years 2013-14 to 2015-16. The Expert Committee constituted to examine the matter however, had not recommended the ex-post facto approval for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15,” the minister explained.
“Further to consider the recognition for the year 2015-16, another expert committee visited the university in December, 2015 and found various violations of the UGC norms and therefore approval could not be granted for year 2015-16. The action of UGC is in accordance with the regulatory framework,” the minister stated.