Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) has finally been able to get recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for 17 of the courses offered by it.
The UGC’s Distance Education Bureau permitted the KSOU to offer 17 courses in the field of Arts, Science and Commerce courses. It however denied permission for courses that require a minimum 60 hours of practical classes. An official note issued in this regard states that the varsity will be allowed to offer the courses from the academic year 2018-19 to 2022-23.
Meanwhile it is gathered that the university, would for the first time conduct online admissions to attract more students
It may be recalled that the UGC had derecognised the varsity in June 2015, with a retrospective effect from 2013-14 as it was found to be violating the territorial jurisdiction norms as laid down by the UGC. However later the state government had allowed the varsity to allot degrees to those affected students who had enrolled for the courses prior to June 2015.
In December 2016, a commission headed by professor H P Dixit had submitted the 900-pg report, put forth by the KSOU authorities to the UGC after studying the various documents.
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