Karnataka State Open University was set up in the year 1996 under the KSOU Act, 1996. It was set up with the objective of providing higher education opportunities to the hundred thousand students in the state as well as the country who were not in a position to attend full time courses.
The University has been granted recognition by the UGC Distance Education Council (DEC), Delhi and various other educational associations like Association of Indian Universities, Delhi, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, UK, Asian Association of Open Universities etc.
The seat of the Karnataka State Open University is at Mysore in Karnataka and has a lush state of the art campus complete with all the modern facilities of today. There is library, girls hostel, administrative office, guest house, and cafeteria and accommodation facilities for a limited number of people. During orientation programs and term end examinations, students and faculties come here from different parts of the country. Nowadays online examination pattern is being followed by the University.
The various traditional and professional courses provided by the University include B.A/B.Com, B.Ed., M.A./M.Com, M.Ed., MBA, M.Phil and a host of other courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. The course curriculum is designed in such a way so that it conforms to the international academic standards. This makes the students eligible for gaining international exposure through various Master programs or avail job opportunities in MNC and other kinds of organizations.
The KSOU has put in place an online examination pattern for conducting various semester and term end examinations. This means that students can give their exams online and get their results within 15 days. Normally, it takes 2 to 3 months for results to be declared under conventional paper-pen examination system. Very few Open Universities that provide distance learning courses have online examination pattern for the students.
Its latest innovation is the Online Learning Management System that gives the students a chance to learn in virtual classrooms. It has in essence proved its motto of Education, Anytime, Anywhere. Students can get to interact with the faculty and other students via satellite communication systems and solve all their doubts and queries.
There is a Personal Contact Program (PCP) that is held for the students enrolled in Online Distance Learning program of the University. The ODL has opened new avenues of opportunities for students who are not able to join regular University courses due to various socio-economic and career related problems.