Karnataka State Open University

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Karnataka State Open University
Karnataka State Open University logo.jpg
Vice-ChancellorDr. S Vidyashankar
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

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) is a distance learning university founded in 1996, located in Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka.

Karnataka State Open University


Vice Chancellors
Anjana Murthy, 1996–1999
N. S. Ramegowda, 1999–2003[2]
K. Sudha Rao, 2003–2007[3]
B. A. Viveka Rai, 2007–2009[4]
K. S. Rangappa, 2009–2012[5]
M.G.Krishnan, 2012–2016[6]
D. Shivalingaiah, 2016–2019[7]
Dr. S Vidyashankar 2019- present

KSOU started as the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education, a wing of University of Mysore. It was formally established on June 1st, 1996 under the Karnataka State Open University Act of 1992, with the objective of introducing and promoting the system of open university and distance learning in the state of Karnataka.


The university hosts 13 departments managed by 57 faculty members. It offers programmes leading to degrees from the graduate level to the doctoral level and offers a variety of diploma and certificate programmes.


Karnataka State Open University is situated on 36 acres along the Mysore-Mangalore highway, in the Manasagangotri campus of the University of Mysore. It is about 5 km from the city centre. University headquarters houses administrative offices, the academic block, lecture halls, library, cottages for students coming for examinations and contact programmes, and necessary amenities such as post-office, bank and canteen.

Recognition controversy[edit]

De-recognition and re-recognition[edit]

UGC de-recognized several courses of KSOU with effect from 2012-13. The university was de-recognized in 2015 after it was found violating several norms of UGC and DEC, IGNOU. The university had violated the norms related to territorial jurisdiction by establishing study centres across India and also offered admission to courses within India and abroad in violation of regulations. Even after a show cause notice was issued, it continued this practice. Thousands of students were jeopardized by the de-recognition leading to protests by students and petitions to the Karnataka High Court/Supreme Court (Supreme Court Case No.001037 or Diary No.31227 filled on August 21, 2018). After several initiatives by KSOU, the Government of Karnataka and the direction of the high court, 17 courses of KSOU were granted recognition from 2018 onwards. However, lives of earlier students remain in limbo without degrees, though a bridge course and a test is likely to be conducted. In 2018 UGC gave programme-level recognition from 2018-19 to 2022-23 via UGC order F.No. 1-6/2018 (DEB-I) dated 03-10-2018 for B.A.,B.Com.B.L.I.sc.,M.L.ISc.,M.A., M.Com.,M.Sc.[8][9]


  1. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/k-taka-open-univ-re-recognised-5-yrs-what-about-degrees-older-students-86422?amp
  2. ^ "First lady V-C for open varsity". The Times of India. 27 June 2003.
  3. ^ "KSOU to help more rural students". The Hindu. 27 June 2003.
  4. ^ "Vivek Rai is KSOU Vice-Chancellor". The Hindu. 28 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Rangappa is KSOU V-C". The Times of India. 13 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Krishnan is KSOU Vice-Chancellor". The Hindu. 1 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Shivaligaiah is KSOU Vice-Chancellor". The Hindu. 12 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Karnataka Open University Re-recognised after 5 years. What About Degrees Older Students". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Finally, UGC grants recognition to 17 courses offered by KSOU". Star of Mysore. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

External links[edit]

previous website www.ksou.org.in