By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Question of UGC giving recognition to KSOU is out of question as even new VC has not taken any steps to comply the UGC reports . The VC has to file FIR on former VC and its officers for running degree mill The new VC has to confiscate all the examination materials and all examination answers booklets and find out who did the valuation and awarded marks and degrees .The new VC need to remove all collaborators offices like Algol from KSOU main building .As former VC had entered into joint venture agreement with private technical collaborators to run the University without the KSOU taking approval of the Legislative Assembly and Council for the different statutes constituted by KSOU and as such all collaborative agreements stands illegal. Breach of privilege:Rangappa and Krishnan have come under the scanner for committing breach of privilege of the legislature by not taking approval of the Legislative Assembly and Council for the different statutes constituted by the two varsities. Madhusudhan said that the two varsities had framed 70 to 80 statutes without seeking the approval of the legislature. Rangappa and Krishnan were first summoned by the committee in the month of January, after a privilege motion was moved by MLCs Arun Shahapur and Ganesh Karnik against UoM and KSOU on November 11, 2015. As per the KSOU Act, 1996, there is no provision for academic collaboration. Still, the KSOU board of management introduced five statutes through the Karnataka State Open University (Academic Collaboration Statutes - 2011).Later, it sought the governments opinion in June 2011.
Without completing the due process, the KSOU approached the Chancellor and got the approval for the four statutes. The university was supposed to place the proposal before the legislature after the chancellors approval, the process which it has omitted. While the Education department washed its hand on the subject by CID probe ordered into KSOU scam, the Law department termed the proposal not legal, valid and justifiable. Something more is required legally. It is common to hear about private varsities being de-recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). However, for the first time in the history of Karnataka's higher education sector, UGC has declared as invalid online and other courses offered by the state-run Karnataka State Open University (KSOU). The UGC has cautioned candidates against joining KSOU'S online courses saying admission to any of their courses may jeopardize their careers." In a circular, UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu said the Mysore-headquartered KSOU has coaching centres across the country and abroad in collaboration with private coaching centres. This was offered through blatant flouting of norms, guidelines and directives of UGC. Taking cognizance of the fact, the programmes offered by KSOU, Mysuru, have not been recognised by UGC beyond 2012-13. This has been done after issue of show-cause notice to the varsity on June 10, 2011, and subsequent responses from officials. UGC, he added, had noticed that despite all the developments, KSOU had remained undeterred and was continuing to offer programmes through distance learning mode in violation of the UGC's Regulations.
CID probe ordered into KSOU scam : CID report awaited by Government: the government Following a letter by Mr. Ramdas to the then Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, to the Principal Secretary of the Higher Education Department, was directed to examine the matter and submit a report.After receiving the report, the then Chief Minister, who also was holding the Higher Education portfolio, ordered the Home Department to conduct the probe by the CID and submit a report to the government, said a release issued by the then Chief Minister's Secretariat.The State government on had ordered a probe by the Criminal Investigation Department against the Karnataka State Open University in the backdrop of allegations of conducting technical and paramedical courses illegally.
Marks given without valuation:Justice Bhakthavatsala is visiting KSOU-affiliated centres in different parts of the country. He recently visited Chennai. In Bengaluru, he visited Sharada Vikas Trust where he randomly picked up an answer script and found that marks were given to a candidate of Diploma in Electronics without valuation. On the cover page of the answer script, marks were shown as 58 but it was shown as 65 in the 'A' form and marks list.
The examination and evaluation scam is hitting KSOU badly but no one is taking any action on KSOU.As per the KSOU Act, 1996, reportedly there is no provision for academic collaboration. Still, the KSOU board of management 'introduced' five statutes through the Karnataka State Open University (Academic Collaboration Statutes - 2011). AIUPASA demanding that KSOU need to adopt information management system like open ERP or SAP and run its entire work with total computerization and simple manageable procedures and transparent management instead of doing it manually which is root cause of reported unlimited corruption.. AIUPASA (www.aiupasa.org)NATIONAL PRESIDENT MUMTHAZ AHMED KHAN MOBILE NUMBER 0-9916390790 and his teamdid 24/7 efforts to get justice to students of KSOU .AIUPASA is demanding KSOU to stream lines the procedures for Admission to Examination to awarding of degree and adopt transparent systemand eradicate the unlimited corruption that exists in the in KSOUsubsystems . The KSOU is not fulfilling its part of responsibilities as per MOU signed by KSOU and collaborative partners. Admission to examination to awarding of degree KSOU is flouting all norms of University and this is reportedly root cause of corruption. Collaborators are forced to give bribe otherwise they will face problems in admission of students and declaring the results or they issue show cause notice. Reportedly and allegedly the VC is root of all problems as it is reported that he has not conducted single examination of partner's institution student's examination by his team of examiners and only demanding bribe from collaborators. KSOU has not evaluated the answer sheets partner's institution student's examination by KSOU. Who conducts the examination in KSOU and who evaluates the answers sheets and who declares the results of partner's institution student's examination is the mystery which CID/CBI must investigate. Academic council must limit its activities towards academics and syndicate should limit its activities for policy decisions and framing regulations.