Monday, July 5, 2010

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)

The Karnataka State Open University came into being in 1996 by an act promulgated by the Karnataka State Assembly, known as the Karnataka State Open University Act. KSOU evolved from the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education of the Mysore University. It is the 8th Open University of India. It is situated on a 15 acre land lying on the Mysore- Mangalore highway, within the campus of Mysore University. This university has its jurisdiction over whole of Karnataka and operates through its wide network of study centers in cities like Bagalkote, Bangalore, Bellary, Belgaum, Chikmanglur, Dharwad, Kolar, Raichur, Shimoga and others. It has 13 departments handled by 57 faculty members.

KSOU presently has a strength of about 40,000 students. It is in the process of establishing a "virtual university".
KSOU has a vision of providing education to the underprivileged and to those who could not continue higher education for some reason. It also strives to make education cost effective with the purpose of democratizing education.
Courses offered by Karnataka State Open University:
The KSOU offers courses at Degre, Diploma and Certificate levels primarily in two languages, namely, English and Kannada.

1.Ph.D Courses
2.M.Phil. Courses

3.Master's Degree Courses

Master of Business Administration
Master of Education (M.Ed.- approved by NCTE)
Master of Arts in English
Master of Arts in Kannada
Master of Arts in Hindi
Master of Arts in Urdu
Master of Arts in Sanskrit
Master of Arts in History
Master of Arts in Political Science
Master of Arts in Economics
Master of Arts in Sociology
Master of Commerce

4. Bachelor's Degree Courses
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed- approved by NCTE)
Post Graduate Diploma in English
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
Diploma in Kannada
Diploma in Journalism

Certificate Course in Kannada
5. PG Diploma Programs
Post Graduate Diploma in English
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management

6.Diploma Programs
Post-Pre University Diploma in Kannada
Post-Puc Diploma in Journalism
7.Certificate Courses
Certificate Course in Kannada

KSOU organizes an interactive session between it's Faculty members and students twicw in a year, for a period of 15 days each. This is directed towards establishment of proper communication channel between teachers and students
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