BENGALURU: Giving a glimmer of hope for students of Karnataka State Open University, Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar has assured that the university will not be closed down.
The university, which is facing the threat of closure in the light of alleged financial irregularities of `580 crore, will not be closed in the interest of students. The University Grants Commission has initiated a probe into the alleged scam and action will be taken based on its report, Javadekar said after a delegation of students from the university and former BJP minister SA Ramdas submitted a memorandum requesting the minister not to close the univeristy.“There is no proposal to close the university. The government is ready to provide necessary infrastructure and grants for the university,” Javadekar assured.
ABVP members protest
About 70 ABVP members protesting against the plan to shut down KSOU were stopped from entering Vidhana Soudha on Friday. The protesters gathered at Freedom Park and Vidhana Soudha and in front of the CID office. Some BJP leaders also joined the protest. They demanded the government to get UGC recognition for the university, and for Minister Basavaraj Rayareddy to meet them at the protest site.
When the protesters tried to enter Vidhana Soudha to petition the CM, they were stopped by police personnel, who resorted to lathi charge. In the commotion, a woman reportedly fainted and was taken to a hospital.