By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Reportedly IIMS has replied to the notice issued to IIMS by KSOU through their advocate. KSOU have stated through advocate that IIMS have been called upon to give explanation as why the Memorandum of understanding dated 21-04-2012 entered between IIMS and KSOU should not be terminated failing which KSOU would proceed in the matter in absence of IIMS explanation /reply terminate the MOU in accordance with law . IIMS have replied to the advocate of KSOU that "Your client does not know the meaning of law. As per the KSOU Act, 1996, there is no provision for academic collaboration even then it signed the MOU with taking huge money. 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 chancellor's approval, the process which it has not completed .Hence KSOU entering agreement with collaborators was without any authority of law and fraud inflicted on collaborative institution and students and nation .My answer to your notice is this MOU is signed by KSOU Mysore itself is without any authority of law by taking Rs 6 lakhs from me. I have spent about Rs 20 lakhs to get the printed study material for courses .So KSOU need to refund my money of 26 lakhs with bank interest forth with before terminating this illegal agreement .UGC De-recognition from 2012 is proof of it. The Law department termed the four statutes proposal not legal, valid and justifiable.Father it has stated to KSOU Advocate that "The KSOU HAS caused damage to the reputation of my institution and hence I seek KSOU to tender apology to my institution and pay my institution money of 26 lakhs with bank interest forth with before terminating this illegal agreement or else my institutionwould file a case against KSOU Mysore as per this illegal agreement .My answer to your notice is that my institution reputation is really damaged by KSOU Signing illegal agreement, it was not due to me; my and institution reputation was damaged by KSOU own conduct and unlawful activity which we were not aware of and we came to know of it after UGC De-recognition. It is not me who should give explanation to KSOU but KSOU alone explain and should tender apology to the nation, as IT has allegedly committed fraud against motherland by swindling money of collaborators and cheating the nation and students as per Government of Karnataka and UGC and other committees report and colliding with few big collaborators and running a degree racket instead of doing law full activity. As we were not allowed to function lawfully.”
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 materialsand all examination answers booklets andfind out whodid the valuationand awarded marksand 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.