BENGALURU:The board of management of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) is meeting on Monday amidst uncertainty among thousands of candidates about the validity of its degrees.
The varsity was derecognised on July 16 after it failed to send a proposal to the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the prescribed format to renew its recognition. The UGC first issued a notice to the university, but since it found the KSOU response unsatisfactory, it slapped a second notice on August 17.
“It is requested that the university may submit an affidavit on a non-judicial stamp paper” stating that “the university has closed its franchisee with private establishments and study centres outside the territorial jurisdiction of Karnataka,” the notice reads.
UGC has also demanded that the varsity affirm in the said affidavit that it has also discontinued its franchisee/private collaboration to offer its open and distance learning (ODL) programmes even within Karnataka. The steps to continue the recognition of ODL programmes of KSOU will be taken only after the affidavits are received by the UGC, the notice said.
When contacted, M G Krishnan, KSOU vice-chancellor, played down the UGC notice. He said all required documents have already been submitted, and “they have only sought some clarifications.”
He said he had submitted the application for recognition to UGC in Delhi on July 16. “UGC authorities have convened a meeting on August 27 regarding the issue. I am hopeful that the issue will be sorted out on that day.”