KSOU told to stop admission on age criterion

No educational qualification is prescribed for M.A., M.Com. courses

Rasheed Kappan

BANGALORE: The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Distance Education Council of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have reportedly directed the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) to stop admitting candidates for postgraduate M.A. and M.Com. programmes on the basis of age alone.

The KSOU will have to abide by this direction to make full use of Rs. 50 lakhs sanctioned to it by the UGC, council sources told The Hindu. Incidentally, most State open universities have stopped the practice of admitting students based on the sole criterion of age. A basic degree in Arts, Science or Commerce is now considered essential for all postgraduate courses offered under the distance education mode.

Under a regulation of KSOU, no educational qualification is prescribed for candidates seeking admission to 1st year M.A. and M.Com. courses. Those who are aged 21 as on the first July of the academic year of admission are eligible to apply.

Candidates are only required to furnish the proof of age. The documentary evidence can be in the form of original SSLC/SSC marks, transfer certificate containing date of birth, extract from the admission register maintained in school and certified by the head of the institution concerned or extract from the records maintained by municipalities, local bodies or government/semi-government institutions concerned. An attested copy of the passport will also suffice.

However, M.A. courses offered under a second KSOU regulation require candidates to have passed the three-year B.A./B.Sc. degree examination of any recognised university, offering the chosen M.A. subject as a major/optional subject at the degree level.

Under this regulation, candidates who have passed the three-year B.Com. /B.B.M. degree examination of any recognised university, or an examination of any university are considered eligible for the M.Com course.

The KSOU was established on June 1, 1996 under the Karnataka State Open University Act of 1992 with the objective of introducing and promoting open university and distance education systems in the educational pattern of Karnataka and coordinating and determining the standard of such systems. It is the eighth open university established in the country. The university has 30,000 students studying a wide range of courses. It has over 50 study centres across the State.

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