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Updated: May 9, 2012 11:02 IST

Ramdas points at violations by KSOU

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S.A. Ramdas Minister for Medical Education, GoK, stands in front of the house of Dipankar Choudhury, CEO, YGEN Management Consulting PVT Ltd, during a surprise raid, Bangalore on 08 May, 2012. Photo by: Ananth Shreyas
The Hindu S.A. Ramdas Minister for Medical Education, GoK, stands in front of the house of Dipankar Choudhury, CEO, YGEN Management Consulting PVT Ltd, during a surprise raid, Bangalore on 08 May, 2012. Photo by: Ananth Shreyas

The registered campus of a distance education institute in J.P. Nagar, resembling a posh bungalow, was deserted when Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas turned up there on Tuesday morning for a surprise inspection. At its administrative office situated close by, the Minister's team was greeted with telltale signs of a hasty escape.

In fact, those in the office left in such a hurry that food being prepared was steaming over a gas burner.

Mr. Ramdas and his department officials landed at the offices of YGEN Management Consulting Pvt. Ltd., which offers a diploma in paramedical courses through distance education, recognised by the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU).

The inspection signalled an open confrontation between the Minister and the KSOU. While Mr. Ramdas accused the university of violating norms and of “illegal activities”, KSOU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Rangappa termed the allegations a fallout of “something personal”.

Addressing the media, Mr. Ramdas said KSOU had signed a total of 95 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with institutions across the country in 2010 offering 422 distance education courses, including 34 that fall under the purview of the Medical Education Department.

The courses came into effect around four months ago, and the Minister estimated around one lakh students had already enrolled.

“Though the institutes advertise as being recognised by the Distance Education Council, New Delhi, the truth is that the courses have not been given accreditation. The 34 courses coming under our department are not recognised by the Medical Council of India, Nursing Council of India, Ayurveda Council, or the Paramedical Board. In effect, the students are getting cheated,” said Mr. Ramdas. Apart from YGEN, he said Bangalore Education Resources (BER) in Sadashivnagar here, another entity that has entered into an MoU, was also not operational.

Denies violations

Talking to The Hindu, KSOU Vice-Chancellor Rangappa denied the MoUs violated laws.

“I have worked under the ambit of the KSOU Act 1992, and have even consulted the Solicitor General of India about the legality of the MoUs.”

Claiming that MoUs have been signed since the formation of the university, and has only been emphasised now under his vice-chancellorship, Mr. Rangappa said: “I am answerable only to the Higher Education Department and the Governor, and definitely not to the Medical Education Department. Perhaps he [Mr. Ramdas] has something against me.”

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Dear sir,
we are the students from ksou engineering course ..we wrote 6th sem exams and marks sheet also ,,, and we paid thousands of rupees for the course,,,, now minister are saying it is illegal and the vice chancellor of ksou saying that we are not cheating the students..really we are in middle of sea ...we dont know what will be our future,,,, if this is illegal why the DEC joint commity given permission for running courses for 5 years ...and why still the ksou are taking admission .....the karnataka govt. should take necessary FAST Action against this ,,,otherwise ,,,,, we all ksou students will get suicide,,,because after doing job we are paying the FEE amount thousands of rupees to get Higher Education ,,,,,,Please tell me Is Higher Study is illegal,,,,,,,,if not why the govt is not giving permission to run the courses,,,,,I am requesting Hon'ble CM to please take action as soon as it possible ,,,, in this regard,,,,we are waiting for CID Enquiry result,,,,, and what about our career and spent years time and money ,,,,, who will be responsible for this????????

KSOU students,,,

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