Varsity suspends all activities at 30 study centres

Special Correspondent

Performance of study centres to be reviewed

High power panel appointed for the purpose

BANGALORE: Bangalore University has decided to suspend all activities at its 30 distance education study centres situated in different parts of the country after its study centre in Mysore was targeted by National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists.

However, the study centres that have been recognised as examination centres for the coming postgraduate examinations will conduct the examinations strictly according to the examination manual by taking police assistance if needed, said a press statement issued by the university Registrar.

A group of NSUI activists barged into the study centre on Monday when examinations were under way and accused the invigilator and the principal of facilitating mass copying by students.

Denies allegations

Even as the Registrar (Evaluation) Puttaraju denied allegations of mass copying and claimed that the student activists had staged a “drama”, the university convened a meeting of deans, statutory officers and senior professors to review the status of the study centres its distance education programme.

The meeting reviewed the role and working of the study centres recognised by the Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education for offering distance education programmes.

After considering all the issues in the context of the various complaints and alleged malpractices, the meeting resolved to suspend the activities of its study centres with immediate effect.

“The said suspension shall be applicable to all undergraduate courses,” said the Registrar in a statement. “The performance and status of the study centres shall be reviewed by a high power committee appointed for the purpose, which shall review the working of the existing study centres and granting the said status to new study centres and also submit its report early,” the statement added.

The six-member high power committee will be chaired by Chambi Puranik, former Dean of the Karnataka State Open University, Mysore.

Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev, at a press conference on Tuesday, defended the university’s decision to appoint a private company as the nodal agency to screen prospective study centres for its distance education programme outside Karnataka.

He said Bangalore Educational Resources Pvt. Ltd., whose selection as nodal agency had been approved by the University Syndicate, was headed by an experienced educationist.

He said the university would call for fresh applications for the selection of a nodal agency to screen study centres within Karnataka.