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The Karnataka State Open University was founded by the state government to promote distant learning in the state. It is based in Mysore, Karnataka, and was founded in 1996. The institution has been accredited by the University Grants Commission and offers both distance and open learning programmes. KSOU offers courses at the undergraduate, graduate, diploma, and doctoral levels. Learn More on : – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Karnataka State Open University

Karnataka State Open University
  • About University
  • Important Facts and Figures
  • History
  • Courses
  • Infrastructure
  • FAQ

Table of Content
The Government of Karnataka established the
Karnataka State Open University to promote
distance learning in the state. It was
established in 1996 and is located in Mysore,
Karnataka. The University Grants Commission has
approved the university and offers both Distance
and Open Learning programs. However, degrees
obtained after 2013 wont be recognised by UGC.
KSOU offers courses in UG, PG, Diploma and PhD
levels. The Karnataka State Open University has
29 departments in total and the Distance
Education Council has also approved the
institution. The university offers multiple
courses with different specialisation as well.
Some of the most popular courses are MSc in
Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, MBA,
MA in Economics and English, B.Com among many
others. KSOU also has many faculty members who
are some of the best in the educational field.
Sometimes, the university also organises guest
lectures for some courses and provides a better
insight on the topics.
Karnataka State Open University
Year of Establishment 1996
University Address Mysore Karnataka
Chancellor Dr P Subrahmanya Yadapadithaya
University Type State University
Approved By UGC
Admission Criteria Entrance-based
Degree Offered Bachelors, Diploma, PG Diploma
Mode of Education Part-Time
Karnataka State Open University was initially an
Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing
Education. This was a wing of the Mysore
University. However, the State Government of
Karnataka established the university formally
through the Karnataka State Open University Act
of 1992.
Bachelors Karnataka State Open University offers
BA in Kannada, Hindi and English. The candidates
applying for this program should have an
aggregate of 50. KSOU also offers B.Com and
BLIS. All the UG programmes are for a duration of
three years. Masters KSOU offers M.A for a
duration of two years with a variety of
specialisations. Some of them include Journalism
and Mass Communication, Ancient History and
Archaeology, Public Administration, Sociology,
Political Science, Economics, History, Urdu,
Sanskrit, Hindi, English and Kannada. The
university also offers M.Sc with specialisations
in Psychology, Physics, Microbiology,
Mathematics, Information Science, Geography,
Computer Science, Environmental Science, Clinical
Nutrition and Dietetics, Biotechnology,
Chemistry, Biotechnology and Biochemistry. KSOU
offers MBA for two years as well, the candidate
should have a bachelors degree in a relevant
discipline from a recognised institution.
PhD All the PhD courses are for a duration of
three years. The university offers
specialisations in Sanskrit, Telugu, Sociology,
Kannada, Management Studies, History, Hindi,
English, and Education. Admissions for all the
courses are based on merit. The Karnataka State
Open University does not conduct any entrance
exam. Additionally, the university also offers
scholarships to students. They offer Post-Matric
Scholarships which covers the course and hostel
fees. Moreover, KSOU also offers a defence
scholarship for students who come from families
with an Army background. The students can avail
themselves of the scholarships by following
certain norms and rules. Moreover, for the Post
Matric Scholarship, the students should belong to
the ST or SC category with an annual income
between 2- 10 Lakhs. Additionally, they also have
to submit their Bonafide certificate, caste
certificate and income certificate.
Library Karnataka State Open University has an
extensive library with a large collection of
books and journals. The library also has
subscriptions to various magazines and
newspapers, it is usually open from 10 to 5
pm. Additionally, the university has an IT
centre. The students can also access e-books and
e-journals with the help of Wi-Fi on
campus. Other facilities Karnataka State Open
University also has a canteen that provides
hygienic and healthy food to the students and
other faculty members. The canteen provides meals
at a very affordable price as well. Additionally,
KSOU has a proper Guest House for any guests
visiting the campus. Most of the time, the guest
house is for counsellors, guest lecturers, and
other academicians.
The guest house is located on the North-West side
of the campus and it has a very good ambience
which also provides a safe and comfortable
environment as well. Karnataka State Open
University has a Skill Development Centre for the
students who are preparing for various
competitive examinations. The university also
offers accommodation facilities to the students
who are preparing for the examinations. Apart
from the hostel facilities, the university also
has a few cottages on the campus. These cottages
are limited in number and it provides
accommodation for students who visit the campus
for the university examination or Contact
Programmes. Fee Structure Bachelors The
first-year fees for B.Ed is INR 20,500. For B.Com
and B.A, the first-year fees are INR 4,700.
Moreover, for Bachelors in Library and
Information, the total fees are INR
7,100. Masters The first-year fees for MBA are
INR 18,500 and for M.A, the fees is INR 9,900.
Additionally, for Diploma and PG Diploma courses,
the total fees are INR 6,400. However, this may
vary in accordance with the specialisations and
programs under it. .
FAQ How to get a degree certificate from
The student will have to visit the official
website of KSOU, after that, they will have to
click on the Apply for Degree Certificate option.
This will lead to another page, the students are
required to sign and pay the prescribed fee to
complete the application. After that, the
students application is sent to the universitys
Registrar. The university will then send the
Degree Certificate to the candidates through
post. Is Karnataka State Open University
valid? The Karnataka State Open University is
valid. Is Ksou degree valid for govt job? KSOU
degree is not valid for government jobs because
UGC de-recognised the university after 2012. .
FAQ Is Karnataka State Open University approved
by UGC? The University Grants Commission approved
the university but had to de-recognise it in
2012. UGC found the university violating many
norms and rules which were related to the
territorial jurisdiction by various study
centres. Additionally, the university violated
the norms of IGNOU and DEC as well. How do I
apply for a Ksou degree? The student will have to
go to the official website of KSOU and go to the
Apply for Degree portal. The student will have to
fill the form and pay the fees, after that, the
university will send the degree through the
post. How do I verify my Ksou degree? You will
have to apply for the transcript copy directly on
a sealed envelope. How do I check my Ksou results
online? You will have to click on the exam link
available on the official website of KSOU, this
will lead to another page, where you will have to
enter your enrollment no and then click on Check
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