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KARNATAKA Karnataka State Open University
Karnataka State Open University, Mysore (State University)

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Established in Year: 1996

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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/EDI/UOV/dated 12th February 1996 (Karnataka State Open University 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 the country for the Co-ordination and determination of standard of such systems. 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 needy.

Karnataka State Open University is a recognised University of Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, 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).

Karnataka State Open University is situated at the North–Western end of the Manasagangotri campus, Mysore. The campus, which is about 5 kms, from the city centre, has a serene atmosphere ideally suited for academic pursuits. The University houses at present the Administrative Office, Academic Block, Lecture Halls, a well-equipped Library, Guest House Cottages, a Moderate Canteen, Girls Hostel and a few cottages providing limited accommodation to students coming to Mysore for attending the Contact Programmes or Term-end examinations.


The Karnataka State Open University will stimulate both the hearts and minds of scholars, empower them to contribute to the welfare of the society at large; train them to adapt themselves to the changing needs of the economy; educate them for cultural leadership to ensure peace, harmony and prosperity for all.


The Karnataka State Open University shall strive hard to provide a market oriented professional education to the student community of the India in general and of Delhi in particular, with a view to serving the cause of higher education as well as to meet the needs of the Indian industries by promoting affiliations to study centres to make them as centres of excellence in emerging areas of education with focus on professional education in disciplines of engineering, technology, management, medicine, education, pharmacy, nursing, law etc..


The Karnataka State Open University came into being to achieve the following objectives:

  • Democratising Higher Education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners.

  • Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it, irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications.

  • Offering need – based academic Programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the programme.

  • Promoting and developing distance education in India.

  • Relaxed entry regulations.

  • Providing opportunities to study according to one’s own pace and convenience.

  • Flexibility in choosing the combination of courses from a wide range of disciplines.

  • Providing opportunity to study from one’s own choosen place and pace.

Special Features

The Open-Distance-Learning (ODL) system is a unique and challenging mode of education offered at the University level. This system provides ample opportunities for those who desire to have University education at their place of work or residence. This method is popularly known as Online Distance Learning. It is perhaps the only way to meet the ever-increasing demand for Higher Education especially in a developing country like India. Online Distance Education programmes are specially designed for:

  • Candidates who discontinue their formal education owing to pecuniary or other circumstances.

  • Candidates residing in geographically remote areas.

  • Candidates who cannot get admission to a regular college / Post-graduate department.

  • Employed persons who cannot pursue their study as full-time candidates.

  • Individuals who wish to pursue learning for knowledge sake.

  • Candidates who wish to update knowledge and skills.

The Open-Distance-Learning (ODL) system is perhaps the only system that has been planned in such a way that it is able to cater to all those who desire to seek Higher Education in spite of the fact that they are in a disadvantageous position due to social, economic, spatial and such other reasons. Also to cater to the increasing demand for Higher Education, flexibilities in terms of age, qualification, location, time, etc., have been introduced to the maximum extent.

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IT Program

  • BCA

  • BSc.IT

  • B.Tech(IT)


  • MSc.(IT)

  • MCA

  • M.Tech (IT)

Lateral Entry Program

  • BCA (LE)



  • MCA-LE (2nd Year)

  • MCA-LE (3rd Year)

Management Program

  • MBA  (Specialization in HRM, Finance, IT, Marketing, Insurance & Banking, Operations, Hospitality & Retail)


  • BBA   (Specialization in HRM, Finance, IT, Marketing)

  • BBA in Financial Markets Mgt.

Lateral Entry Program

  • MBA (LE)

Professional Program - Diploma & PG Diploma  Program

  • Diploma in Hotel Management

  • Diploma in Mass Communication  & Journalism

  • Diploma in Medical Lab Technology

  • Diploma in Fashion Technology

  • Diploma in Interior Design

  • Diploma in Film Making

  • PG Diploma in Fashion Technology

  • PG Diploma in Mass Communication & Journalism

Under-Graduate  & Post Graduate Program

  • B.Sc. in Hotel Management

  • B.Sc. in Mass Communication & Journalism

  • B.Sc. in Medical Lab Technology

  • B.Sc. in Fashion Technology

  • B.Sc. In Interior Design

  • M.Sc. In Hotel Management

  • M.Sc. in Mass Communication & Journalism

  • M.Sc. In Medical Lab Technology

  • M.Sc. In Interior Design

Under-Graduate  & Post Graduate- Lateral Entry Program

  • B.Sc.HM (LE)

  • B.Sc.MCJ (LE)

  • B.Sc.MLT (LE)

  • B.Sc.FT (LE)

  • B.Sc.ID (LE)

  • M.Sc.HM (LE)

  • M.Sc.MCJ (LE)

  • M.Sc.MLT (LE)

  • M.Sc.ID (LE)

Traditional Program

  • BA (Hindi, English, Economics, History, Political Science, Mathematics, Sociology)

  • B.Com

  • MA (Hindi, English, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology)

  • M.Com

  • NTT

  • BLI.Sc.

  • MLI.Sc.

  • BA (Home Science)

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Postal Address: Regional office

E-77, South Ext. Part –I,

Banglore Education Resources
Bangalore, Karnataka

Monday-Saturday (9 am - 5 pm)
For General/ Admission Enquiry:
Phone: +91-49254900-99 (100 lines)
Fax: +91-49254999

General enquiries: ksou.vedant (a) gmail.com
Admission enquiries: admissions (a) ksouline.com

For Opening of New Study Centre
Phone: 09711361163
Email: odl (a) ksouonline.com

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