The Karnataka State Open University was established on 1st june 1996 vide Karnataka Govt. Notification No. ED 1 UOV 95 dated 12th February 1996, KSOU Act 1992, Keeping in view the educational needs of our country in general and the Karnataka State, in particular.
It is the English open University in the country. The University is an erstwhile Institute of Correspondence Courses of Mysore University and enjoys a unique privilege of a long and rich experience in the field of Distance Education.
It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities Association. It is also a recognized Member-University of Distance Education Council (DEC), Ministry of HRD, Government of India. All degrees offered by Karnataka State Open University are recognized by Distance Education Council, New Delhi.