Mysuru, August 13:- University Grants Commission (UGC) has given permission for Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) to start 17 distance education courses from the academic year 2018 to 2022-23.
UGC has permitted the university to conduct 17 courses from 2018-19 to 2022-23. The problem facing the KSOU since 2013-14 has finally come to an end. Due to the cancellation of accreditation, the future of thousands of students was at stake. UGC has granted accreditation for the university keeping in mind the future of the students and asked to start classes from the academic year 2018-19.
UGC had cancelled the accreditation for the university as it was conducting technical courses at farther distances. UGC had cancelled the accreditation since 2012-13. Several people have lost their jobs as the university lost its accreditation.
Hundreds of students were in trouble as no course could be continued. Though the university gets accreditation, it is not clear as what would happen to future. The efforts by KSOU Vice-Chancellor Prof D Shivalingaiah and officials have finally paid off. Though the university sought permission for 32 courses, UGC has given permission only for 17 courses. BEd, MA (Sanskrit), MBA, LLM and Science courses has not been given permission.
Courses with accreditation:
BA, BCom, BLB, MA (Ancient history), MA (Economics), MA (English), MA (Hindi), MA (History), MA (Journalism), MA (Kannada), MA (Sociology), MA (Urdu), MCom, MSc (Environment Science).
UGC has denied permission for various courses including MSc in biochemistry, bio-technology, chemistry, clinical nutrition, computer science, geography, information science, mathematics, microbiology, physics and psychology.
Prof Shivalingaiah said that the university will complete admission process by the end of October. He said that the prospectus of courses can be downloaded from the website of KSOU which will be uploaded soon. He expressed his confidence in UGC granting permission for all the courses requested in the coming days. (MR/KS).