Karnataka State Open University

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Karnataka State Open University
Karnataka State Open University logo.jpg
Type Public
Established 1996
Vice-Chancellor Prof. D. Shivalingaiah
Students 900,000
Location Mysore, Karnataka, India
12°18′48.3″N 76°37′24.9″E / 12.313417°N 76.623583°E / 12.313417; 76.623583Coordinates: 12°18′48.3″N 76°37′24.9″E / 12.313417°N 76.623583°E / 12.313417; 76.623583
Campus Urban
Affiliations ACU, AIU, AAOU, CoL
Website http://ksoumysore.edu.in/

Karnataka State Open University is a distance learning university founded in 1996, located in Mysore, Karnataka, India.


Vice Chancellors
  • Anjana Murthy, 1996–1999
  • N. S. Ramegowda, 1999–2003[1]
  • K. Sudha Rao, 2003–2007[2]
  • B. A. Viveka Rai, 2007–2009[3]
  • K. S. Rangappa, 2009–2012[4]
  • M.G.Krishnan, 2012–2016[5]
  • D. Shivalingaiah, 2016–present[6]

Karnataka State Open University was formally established on 1 June 1996 under the Karnataka State Open University Act of 1992, 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. The University has its headquarters in Mysore. The university was initiated by the Government of Karnataka. The objective is to provide education to people who cannot attend full-time or part-time educational courses offered by universities. The distance education programmes of Karnataka State Open University provide opportunities to working professionals who cannot afford full-time education to earn degrees or diplomas. The Karnataka State Open University originally started as the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education, a wing of University of Mysore. The Karnataka State Open University is the 8th Open University to be established in India.

But first time in the history of state universities, this university has not been recognized by UGC for severe irregularities.The programmes offered by KSOU, Mysuru, have not been recognised by UGC beyond 2012-13.


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 to 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", including the recent launch of Web Virtual Classroom based MBA programs with a partner Institute.

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, New Delhi.


Karnataka State Open University is situated in an area of 36 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.


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