Karnataka State Open University

      Open & distance learning is one of the most rapidly growing fields of education and training. It is fast becoming an accepted and indispensible part of the main stream of educational systems in both developed and developing countries, with particular importance for the countries like India. The major task today is to create opportunities to educate the young generation, giving them necessary skills to become employable first.

     We, at the School of Distance Education, are pleased to give an open invitation, to wide range of potential partners, governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organization, specialized institutions, public and private sector industries interested in developing these opportunities, to join hands with School of Distance Education for effectively meeting today's urgent education and training needs. This can be accomplished through a vision of empowering the nation to which Karnataka State Open University is committed.

The Karnataka State Open University came into being to achieve the following objectives: 

  Democratising Higher Education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners.

  Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it, irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications.

  Offering need – based academic Programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the programme. 

  Promoting and developing distance education in India. 

  Relaxed entry regulations. 

  Providing opportunities to study according to one’s own pace and convenience. 

  Flexibility in choosing the combination of courses from a wide range of disciplines.

Vice Chancellor Message
Dear Student,

Greeting from Karnataka State Open University!!!

I welcome you to the family of students in Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), which was established in the year 1996 for the promotion of Education among all sections of society. Without the constraints of space and time, Karnataka State Open University has established its quality and has reached the remote parts of Karnataka and beyond. As inscribed in its motto “HigherEducation to All, Everywhere” the university has set itself an objective to reach the doorsteps of aspiring students in every nook and corner of not only the state, but throughout the country and abroad. The programs that are innovative and relevant to the society are offered with moderate cost and modern facilities. Karnataka State Open University has also programs of IGNOU, to cater to the needs of students in various fields. Accessibility, quality, flexibility and relevance are the major strengths of KSOU, whereas creation, management and dissemination of knowledge are its main goals. Flexible mode of teaching represents a major element of our programs. In order to achieve these goals, we have established 7 Regional Centres at Banglore, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Manglore, Shimoga and Delhi. 110UG Study Centres, 10B.Ed Study Centres, 08 Special B.Ed. Study Centres, 08 M.Ed. Study Centres and 403 Partner Institution Study Centres. Contact Programs are conducted regularly with the involvement of experienced staff and expertise in the concerned fields is tapped for the benefit of the students, periodically. We are proud to announce the last year the enrolment was 1,00,000.

KSOU aims to be India’s most progressive university. We strive to produce highly employable graduates of highest possible quality in areas of strategic importance. Since we possess rich heritage knowledge and are reaching our boundaries of global knowledge, local knowledge and global information should join together and technology should be the tool as well as the means for this kind of exploration. As a student of KSOU, you can study at your place with the best self study materials and efficient media support. In both its teaching and research the University has forged strong links with the government, with business, industry and professions.

On behalf of the university, I invite your participation, in realizing a dream of making this Nation, a knowledge intensive society. I wish you all the best in your pursuit of excellence in higher education!!!

With best wishes for your career,
Sincerely Yours,

Recognization & Approvals

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) was established on 1st June 1996 with the assent of H.E. Governor of Karnataka as a full fledged University in the academic year 1996 vide Government notification no ED 1 UOV 95 dated 12th February 1996 (KSOU Act – 1992). The act was promulgated with the object to incorporate an Open University at the State level for the introduction and promotion of Open University and Distance Education systems in the education pattern of the State and for the Co-ordination and determination of standard of such systems.

With the virtue of KSOU Act of 1992, Karnataka State Open University is empowered to establish, maintain or recognize Colleges, Regional Centres and Study Centres at such places in Karnataka and may also open outside Karnataka at such places as it deems fit.

Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, has accorded recognition to Karnataka State Open University, Mysore for offering Programmes / Courses approved by the Statutory bodies of the University. Karnataka State Open University is a recognized University of Distance Education Council under the agies of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) (Revised notification F. No. DEC/OU/Recog./2008).

Karnataka State Open University is a regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi since 1999 (No. EV/11(80)/99/203935-4172). 

Karnataka State Open University is a permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, United Kingdom since 1999. Its member code is: ZKASOPENUINI.

Karnataka State Open University is a permanent member of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China since 1999.Karnataka State Open University has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada since 2003. COL is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning / distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.