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Many have degrees obtained from outside varsities: Okkuta

‘State Government should adopt Tamil Nadu model’

‘Close down study centres of private open universities’

GULBARGA: The Karnataka Rajya Vishvavidyalagala Unnatha Padavidharara Okkuta and the All India Students Federation on Wednesday demanded that the Chief Minister cancel the selection list prepared by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) for filling 2,550 vacant lecturer’s posts in first grade colleges.

The members of the Okkuta and the AISF, who took out a procession and burnt the effigy of the KPSC in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, in their memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister and submitted to the district authorities, said that the KPSC had committed a mistake in the selection of candidates for the post by taking into consideration M.Phil, and Ph.D degrees obtained by the candidates through private open universities outside the State and ignoring the claims of those who had got their M.Phil and Ph.D degrees from regular universities in the State.

The Okkuta and the AISF alleged that it was a open secret how M.Phil and Ph.D degrees are offered to students by private open universities by overriding norms prescribed by the University Grants Commission.

Selection of candidates who had obtained these degrees from such open universities from outside the State would result in the fall in standards of education and quality of teaching in the first grade colleges, the Okkuta and the AISF warned.

Although there were no such private open universities in Karnataka, they had set up study centres in almost all district headquarters in the State.

Both the Okkuta and the AISF demanded that the Government adopt the Tamil Nadu pattern in Karnataka and ban those who had obtained M.Phil and Ph.D certificates from private open universities from appearing in the KPSC examinations for the post of lecturers.

They also demanded that the Government cancel the list prepared by the KPSC for the appointment of 2,550 lecturers in first grade colleges.

They said that the Government should close down all study centres of private open universities in the State.