Open Universities in India
Karnataka State Open University KSOU


The Karnataka State Open University is the 8th Open University to be established in India and has come up as a result of the country's long and rich experience in the field of distance education. The university actually evolved from the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education of the University of Mysore. 

The university's creation was inspired by the concept of open learning and distance education pioneered in the U.K., and was based on the recommendations of a series of committees set up for the purpose by the Government of Karnataka. It was formally established on June 1, 1996 under the Karnataka State Open University Act of 1993, with the objectives of introducing and promoting the system of open university and distance learning in the state of Karnataka, and coordinating and determining the standard of such a system in the state. 
Rapid Strides in Spreading Education

Thanks to the remarkable response it has been receiving from the students to every initiative it has taken and every novel concept it has introduced, and further, thanks to the support it has received from the people who managed its various activities, the Karnataka State Open University has been making rapid strides in every aspect of its growth right from the start. It now offers wide-ranging programmes leading to degrees from the graduate level to the doctoral level and also offers a variety of diploma and certificate programmes. The university is now in the process of introducing multi-level, inter-linked programmes in information technology, apart from several specialized programmes in different areas of contemporary value and interest, in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Starting off on a very modest strength of students in 1996, the Karnataka State Open University today commands a staggering strength of over 40,000 students from all over India. It functions through 13 departments managed by 57 well-qualified faculty members, and its network of Study Centres continues expand fast, right across the state of Karnataka. The university has initiated several ambitious programmes on its infrastructure front to facilitate rapid realization of its vision of a "virtual university."

Karnataka  State  Open  University  is  situated in an  area of 15  acres along the Mysore-Mangalore  
highway, in the Manasagangotri campus of the University of Mysore, in Mysore city. It is about 5 km. from the city centre and has an atmosphere ideally suited for academic pursuits. The university headquarters houses the administrative offices, the academic block, lecture halls, a well-equipped library, a few cottages for students coming to Mysore for examinations and contact programmes, and all the necessary amenities such as post-office, bank and canteen.