The Karnataka Sate Open University established on 1st June 1996 vide Karnataka Govt. Notification No.ED1UOV95 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.
Karnataka Sate Open University 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 since 1999, Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), Beijing, China, and also has association with Common wealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada since 2003. COL is an inter governmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning / distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.
With the virtue of KSOU Act of 1992, Karnataka State Open University is empowered to establish, maintain or recognize Colleges, Regional Centers and Study Centers at such places in Karnataka and may also open outside Karnataka at such places as it deems fit.
Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, has accorded recognition to Karnataka State Open University, Mysore for offering Programmes / Courses approved by the statutory bodies of the University. Karnataka State Open University is a recognized University of Distance Education Council under the agies of Ministry of Human Resource Development. (MHRD) (Revised notification No.DEC/OU/Recog./2008).
Karnataka State Open University is a regular member of the association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi since 1999 (No.EV / 11(80)/99/203935-4172).