Government not inclined to save KSOU but eyes Rs.450 crore funds

Government not inclined to save KSOU but eyes Rs.450 crore funds

Bengaluru:  Is the State Government not inclined to save the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)? Looking at the way the Higher Education is showing its lack of interest in getting back the UGC recognition to the University, it can be concluded that admissions to various courses of the University are doubtful even for the next academic year.

Though the Karnataka High Court has directed the UGC, KSOU and the Government to commence non-technical courses, the Government is not taking any interest in the same. However, the Government is eyeing the Rs.450 crore funds that is with the University and it plans to ‘utilise’ the money for other development works.

Following the High Court order, the Higher Education Department was supposed to communicate with the UGC and the  Union Government.

But sources in the Government say that not a single file has moved and the stalemate continues, at the cost of lakhs of students who are waiting for valid certificates. Even the political bosses of the Department have not bothered to look into the issues.

With the Assembly elections likely to be held in May 2018, the Government feels that it will be able to be in power only till March and it would not be possible for it to get back the UGC recognition by then.

It may be recalled here that in September last year, Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddy had hinted at closure of the KSOU. He had said that in the absence of UGC recognition, it had become extremely difficult to run the University.

Rayareddy had said, “KSOU has about 700 employees. This include 89 teaching faculty and 300 employees working on contract basis. With hardly any work for the last three-years, employees have been drawing a salary of Rs. 50 crore every year. In fact, the University has been drawing funds to pay employees from Rs.600 crore deposits made in various Banks. All the teaching staff, who have been drawing salaries for no work, will be transferred to other Universities while the Government will think about absorbing other employees into various Departments.”

“Most buildings and other infrastructure of KSOU are located on the premises of Manasagangothri campus of Mysore University. We have been thinking about utilising the infrastructure to set up Skill Development Centre,” the Minister had said.


February 8, 2018

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Government not inclined to save KSOU but eyes Rs.450 crore funds”

  1. Bhamy V. Shenoy says:

    This whole episode of KSOU and the suffering of over three lakh students show how dysfunctional our democracy has become. There has been much hype about how a letter to PM results in getting solution. Media gives publicity to some individuals getting their problems resolved soon after writing to Modi. In the case of KSOU, there have been many complaints. But no response.
    There have been attempts by retired Vice Chancellors demanding to solve KSOU problems. Again there has been no response. Can they still take action?
    Ministers, MPs, and MLAs, have been demanding solution to KSOU problems. Again no end in sight. They know their winning does not depend on finding solution to KSOU problems. How sad.
    Finally courts have also been giving judgements to help the students. This also has not resulted in any solution.
    In the midst, central ministry and UGC who have the power to find solution have maintained deafening silence. They should have told the public why they are unable to help three lakh students or what needs to be done to find solution. Are they accountable? How can they be so indifferent to three lakh students?
    Unfortunately three lakh students have not been able to develop a strong body to put pressure on the political system. There are many sub groups but not one overacting central group.
    In North African and Middle East (MENA) countries, thanks to social network Arab revolution toppled the dictators. Here in Karnataka, social network has not done any thing so far. This is all because we as a society take interest only when it hits us personally and we do not worry about the rest. Can we learn some lessons now? Especially those long suffering three lakh students.

  2. Mr. Shenoy spoiled an otherwise reasonable letter by referring to the events , MENA. that happened quite some ago.
    The much vaunted Arab Spring has resulted in disaster. The authoritarian governments are back in the saddle and Syria is a mess.
    Comparing Apples and Oranges is counter productive.1

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