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KSOU board approves new courses

Plan is to introduce them from next academic year
More courses are in the offing from the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysuru, with its Board of Management (BoM) approving introduction of new courses from the next academic year.

The BoM on Friday approved a university proposal to introduce BBA, MA in Education (equivalent to MEd), MSc in Botany and Zoology, BSc with PCM and CBZ combination, BSW and MSW.

“These courses were proposed looking into the demand from students. Also, guidelines for PhD admissions have also been cleared, and the admissions for doctoral programmes will start from January next year,” said Vice-chancellor Shivalingaiah.

Speaking to The Hindu after the meeting, the Vice-chancellor said the university would be preparing to launch the newly approved courses from July 2019 after taking all clearances from the University Grants Commission (UGC). “These courses will meet the UGC 2017 guidelines. Faculty, lessons and other essentials will be prepared in the next two months before going to the UGC for recognition,” he said. Prof. Shivalingaiah said the BoM also approved online admissions for all courses from July 2019 session and cleared the university’s proposal for forging an agreement with the State Bank of India on online admissions.

The State government had sought some clarifications over the PG diploma courses and it had been clarified as UGC approval for them was not required with they being non-technical diploma courses, he said.

On admissions to MBA and BEd for which UGC had already granted recognition, the university would be conducting the entrance examination in January for admissions, he said, adding that repeat admissions for four courses in both science and humanities stream whose intake of students was less than 20, would be conducted in January.