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Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)  is a distance learning university founded in 1996, located in Mysore, Karnataka, India.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 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) London UK, Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China, And also has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL).


KSOU established on 1st June 1996 vide Karnataka Govt. Notification No.ED 1 UOV 95 dated 12th February 1996 - KSOU Act 1992 is considered to be a reputed Open University amongst the open learning institutions in the country. 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.

KSOU is a recognized 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).

KSOU 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.

Vision & Mission :

The University System is a respected higher-learning organization known for its distinctive strengths in providing superior and relevant distance learning programs to its learners. In pursuing this vision, the University System:

  1. Creates interactive, effective learning environments for all constituents

  2. Serves its constituents’ diverse personal and professional development needs.

  3. Expands access to affordable programs to underserved learners

Our mission is to provide quality higher education with emphasis on educating the public by offering respected, relevant, accessible and affordable, student-focused programs, which prepare them for service and leadership in a diverse community.
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The KSOU came into being to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Democratizing Higher Education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners

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

  3. Offering need based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the programmes

  4. Promoting and developing distance education in India

  5. Relaxed entry regulations

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

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

  8. Providing opportunity to study from one’s own chosen 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 Distance Education. It is perhaps the only way to meet the ever-increasing demand for Higher Education especially in a developing country like India. Distance Education programmes are specially designed for:

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

  2. Candidates residing in geographically remote areas

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

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

  5. Individuals who wish to pursue learning for knowledge sake

  6. 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.


Punjab Technical University (PTU) was established by an act of State Legislature on 16th Jan-1997, to promote Technical, Management Pharmaceutical education in the state at the Degree level and above. The University has the mandate to set up centres of Excellence in Emerging Technologies and for promoting Training, Research Development in these areas. One of the main focus of the University at this time is in the area of professional skill oriented technologies to the masses. The University has undertaken the task of training students to help in the development of skilled manpower in this sector in the country in general and in the state particular.

The University has a mission to provide excellent education to the PTU students and make the affiliated Learning Centers as center of excellence. Now the distance education programme is being revamped and a lot of progressive moves to modernize the mode of teaching are being taken by the University. Interim Council of distance education has been constituted, which gives guidelines for the improvement of distance program are being undertaken.

The University is committed to bring about quality improvement, modernization and capacity expansion in the education system to fulfill the requirements and expectations of the industry and the society at large, in the new globally competitive economy.

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