About University

Karnataka state open university plays a significant role in promoting the desired growth of education through open distance Learning system(ODL).Our country will be a super power only when it achieves the targeted growth of higher education, which it achieves the targeted growth o higher education, which is possible by the intervention of open and distance learning. The University having a strong genesis of the institute of Correspondence course and continuing course and continuing Education (lCC & CE),a pioneer in the Asian continent, was established in 1996 under the state enactment-KSOU Act 1992. As lucidly inscribed in its motto “Higher Education to Everyone Everywhere”, KSOU is evolving the strategies to reach the door-steps of the students not only in the state of Karnataka but also in the country and abroad. For this purpose, KSOU has established region centers, even in abroad.

During 2009-10 the student’s enrolment in the university has crossed 1.00 lakh. The University is expected to enroll over 2.00 lakh students which are possible through its state-of-the-art infrastructure, committed staff Administrators, Executives, Officers of Central and state Government, Politicians, Legal Experts, Artists, Farmers, Writers, Media Persons, Technicians and other whose age group from 18 to 80 years.

The university encourages the student of schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes by way of fee Reimbursement under SC/ST government scholarships. It also encourages the students.


The Karnataka state Open University has been recognized by the following well-known organization.

  • The Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi.

  • Regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi.

  • Permanent member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London UK.

  • Asian Association of open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, china.

  • And also has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

National- International Recognition:

Karnataka state Open University(KSOU) was established on 1st June 1996 with the assent of H.E. Governor of Karnataka as a fully fledged University in the academic year 1996 vide Government notification on ED 1UOV 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 Coordination 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 Centers and Study Centers at such places in Karnataka and may also open outside Karnataka at such places as it deems fit.

Distances Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, has accorded recognition to Karnataka State Open University, Mysore for offering Programs / 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.