Sharath S. Srivatsa

Activities temporarily suspended for want of approval by Governor

Governor has not approved statutes pertaining to the courses He has instructed that the courses be offered only by the open university Study centres asked not to sell forms or collect fees from students

MYSORE: The future of distance education courses sought to be introduced by the University of Mysore from this academic year seems to be uncertain. The Directorate of Distance Education of the University of Mysore has temporarily suspended all its ctivities for want of approval by Governor T.N. Chaturvedi.

The decision comes in the wake of the Governor not approving the statutes and regulations pertaining to the courses.

In a communication dated July 28, 2005, the Governor directed all the universities coming under Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, to desist from introducing the open university and distance education system, and to instead concentrate on their main objects.

He said the notification will be annulled if the directives are not adhered to.

Sources in the university told The Hindu that the Governor did not allow the university to offer distance education courses and has directed that they be offered only by the open university.

According to sources, the study centres have been instructed not to sell forms or collect fees from students.

The university will try it best to convince the Governor to allow the university offer distance education courses, sources said

The university had, in June/July 2005, issued a notification inviting applications for various courses, especially in science and information technology, through distance education.

It also entered into an agreement with private institutions to start study centres across the country. As many as 20 study centres were identified for the purpose and nearly 5,000 applications forms sold before the Governor intervened in the matter, sources said.

Non-adherence

Taking exception to non-adherence of the directive, the communication from the Governor's office said the directive was not followed by some of the universities.

It cited the case of Mysore university selling admission forms for distance education courses and Kuvempu University adding B.Sc. (Information Technology) and M.Sc. (Information Technology) courses in distance education. These are instances of defiance of the directive, the communication said.

Further, the Governor's office directed the universities to refrain from introducing open university and distance education university and distance education courses, and immediately withdraw all notifications announcing admission to such courses.

Otherwise, the Chancellor will be constrained to exercise his authority under Section 10 of Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000 and annul the notifications.

Want of approval

Meanwhile, through a notification dated December 23, 2005, the Directorate of Distance Education of the University of Mysore said that it suspended its activities, with effect from August 2005, for want of Governor's approval.

The notification requested students not to pay any fees to any study centre and asked them to communicate only with the university's Manasagangotri office.

Further, it said that the university is not responsible for any centre misguiding students. No specific communication has been issued to any students so far, it said.

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