Since last two months, officials of the Karnataka State Open University were busy making preparations to conduct exams for students enrolled with a Chennai based-PG centre- one of their collaborators. No sooner the exams started, they realized that all their efforts went in vein.
This is so because; Rashmi Belur – only one candidate out of the 40 who had registered with Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) from Tamil Nadu appeared for the post-graduate examinations which was held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. None turned up for the B.A. Political Science paper on the same day.
Even after the circular about the examination date and time table was issued by the PG collaborator in Chennai, only one candidate wrote the examination. KSOU is conducting the exam at GT Institute on Magadi Road, a centre recognised by it.
As a consequence, Bharath Post Graduate College in Karapagambal Nagar, Mylapore, Chennai (the aforesaid mentioned PG collaborators of KSOU) had filed a case against the University for not conducting examinations for candidates registered through its centre for the academic year 2015-16.
What is more, the decision to hold the exam itself was preceded by a legal battle. While the UGC derecognised the courses run by KSOU in June 2015, the exam was conducted for already-enrolled students after the Madras High Court issued a direction. The Madras High Court had directed KSOU to conduct the exams in April-2016.
Exams are to be conducted for other courses, as per the Madras High Court order, for 7,500 students from the PG centre and it remains to be seen how many will actually take the exam.
On the other hand, the reason thus quoted by the officials is that the KSOU have complete control over the exam. The question paper is set by the university, custodians have been appointed, CCTVs have been installed to monitor the examination so as to prevent any kind of malpractice. However, there are centres which allow mass copying and impersonation. So the majority of them did not turn up only because they will not be allowed to indulge in any kind of malpractice.
Another reason thus quoted is that as per the UGC directive to not to extend courses outside jurisdiction, the university is no more considering any admissions. But, as these candidates registered with the Chennai collaborator in 2014-15 and the exams were scheduled for 2015-16, but the university told the court that we can conduct exams only in Karnataka. There are one or two exceptional cases who missed the exams due to accommodation and transportation issues.