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  Established 1996
  Vice-Chancellor M.G.Krishnan
  Students 3,00,000 +
  Location MysoreKarnatakaIndia
  Campus Urban


About KSOU




Dear Student,

Karnataka State Open University is in the forefront of extending higher education facilities and creating opportunities for an ever greater proportion of the population. KSOU is striving hard to broaden the perspectives in education and research that creates new understanding, new possibilities and the potential for action. This is facilitated by providing a store of knowledge and capabilities that society as a whole has been able to draw upon.

Academics at Karnataka State Open University have identified the trends, examined them, considered their implications and have explored how they play out into the future. KSOU sincerely believes that a better educated person should possess an improved ability to question and demand increased transparency in all spheres of life. KSOU understands that your education can help drive the innovation which results in economic growth, national development and improved human welfare.


The knowledge economy of the new age identifies your knowledge as the most important form of capital and education is considered to be one of the most important sources of such new knowledge. The academic communities of scholars at KSOU possess research skill that fathoms the length and depth of academic activity and of education in research intensive environment. This provides a distinctive and distinguishing experience, especially for the students of education. I hope the experience of sharing some common attributes and promoting well- established values of scholarship would connect us, through cooperation and make us strive for higher levels of effectiveness, excellence and performance.


Best Wishes
Vice Chancellor




The Karnataka State Open University established 1st June 1996 vide Karnataka Govt. Notification No. EDI/UOV/95 dated 12th February 1996 - KSOU Act 1992 is considered to be a reputed Open University amongst the open learning institutions in the country. Keeping in view the educational needs of our country in general and state in particular the policies and programmes have been geared to cater to the need. All Academic Programmes such as, degree, diploma, certificate etc. of Karnataka State Open University are recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi, vide decision taken by the DEC in its 28th meeting held on 23 March 2007. It is regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi, permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, UK, Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China, and also has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL). As of now KSOU
assumes third position in the ODL system of the country.



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. 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.


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).