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UGC shocker: KSOU unlikely to get accreditation

Mysuru, August 7:- Soon after the fake marks card racket came to light, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has given a shock to Karnataka State Open University (KSOU).

According to the newly framed policies, the KSOU is doubtful of getting accreditation. The marks cards issued by the university since 2012 is not valid, sources said. UGC has is supposed to have recommended norms for not just the course, but also for texts. No more courses will be permitted by UGC. Unless study materials are not provided, UGC will not grant accreditation. In view of the current scenario, KSOU is doubtful of getting permission even for the academic year 2017-18. According to the rules, the universities should prepare for the courses six months in advance. They should get clearance from UGC. But KSOU officials have no knowledge about this and are playing with the future of thousands of students.

KSOU officials have been shocked by the UGC regulations. UGC has instructed kSOU to change study materials and asked for revision of syllabus every five years. They should also provide study material in digital and printed versions. But KSOU only has printed study materials. UGC does not give clearance for admission to lakhs of students. Science departments should have a laboratory. KSOU also does not have enough lecturers.

Though UGC secretary Rakesh Shukla has given clear instructions on the new regulations, Registrar Chandrasekhar still says that KSOU would get accreditation. “But having no knowledge over the new regulations and trying hard, it is impossible to get accreditation even for the next academic year.”

Former vice chancellor Prof K S Rangappa had recently challenged that he would get the permission if he is given ‘power’ for six months. He also said that the current VC has no courage to get the accreditation from UGC.

-(KS, NGB)

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