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Karnataka State Open University

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  • About University
    • Introuduction
      The Karnataka State Open University established on 1st June 1996 vide Karnataka Govt. Notification No.EDI/UOV/95 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 tof our country in general and state in particular the policies and programmes have been geared to cater to the need.

      All Academic Programmes such as, degree, diploma, certificate etc of Karnataka State Open University are recognized by the Distance Education Council(DEC), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi, vide decision taken b the DEC in its 28th meeting held on 23 March 2007. It is regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Delhi, permanent member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, UK, Asian Association of Opne Universities(AAOU), Beijing, China, and also has association with Commonwealth of Learning (COL). As of now KSOU assumes third position in the ODL system of the country.
      Special Features
      The OPen-Distance-Learning (ODL) system is a unique and challenging mode of education offered at the University level. This system provides ample opportunities for those who desire to have University education at their place of work or residence. This method is popularly known as Distance Education. It is perhaps the only way to meet the everincreasing demand for Higher Education especially in a developing country like Inida. Distance Education programmes are specially designed for:
      1. Candidates who discontinue their formal education owing to pecuniary or other circumstances
      2. Candidates residing in geographically remote areas
      3. Candidates who can not get admission to a regular college / Post-graduate department
      4. Employed persons who can not pursue their study as full-time candidates
      5. Individuals who wish to pursue learning for knowledge sake
      6. Candidates who wish to update knowledge and skills
      The Karnataka State Open University came into being to achieve the following objectives:
      1. Democratising Higher Education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners
      2. Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it, irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications
      3. Offering need based academic Programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the programme
      4. Promoting and developing distance education in India
      5. Relaxed entry regulations
      6. Providing opportunities to study according to one's own pace and convenience
      7. Flexibility in choosing the combination of courses from a wide range of discipline
      8. Providing opportunity to study from one's own place and convenience
      Collaborative Arrangement:
      The KSOU had launched BCA, MCA, BBA, MBA, M.Sc (IT), M.Tech (CS) and Masters in Hotel Management Porgrams in collaboration with Bharath Postgraduate College, through Face to Face, Distance and E-Learning Programs (BPGC) with its Academic, Administrative and Registered office at Chennai since July 2010 for the benefit of all the aspirants. BPGC is responsible for total program delivery as per the norms of KSOU.
      Distance Mode / Self Learning Materials:
      Distance Education simply means imparting education from distance. In this system of education the teacher and the candidates are physically separated. The salient feature of instruction in distance education includes the following:

      Candidates are supllied with printed materials written in a self-learning mode. Course materials is specially designed by a team of experts from industries, faculty from leading institution and in-house faculty of the University. The curriculum designed is subject to strict scrutiny by the content experts and experienced Professors before adoption by the University.

      Whenever necessary video/audio cassettes supplement printed material. They can be in the form of lectures, debates, discussions, colloquiums etc.
      Academic Counseling:
      Counseling is an important activity in distance education. It is totally different from conventional classroom teaching. Counsellors answer the candidates' questions in these sessions besides clarifying their douts help them overcome difficulties, which they may face while going through the text. These counseling sessions also give candidates an opportunity to interact with their peers.
      Assignments are an integral component of distance education. Assignments serve the purpose of evaluation of the candidate's comprehension. The local counselors evaluate these assignments and also provide feedback on the candidate's performance. A copy of the evaluated assignment will be shown to the candidates by the co-coordinator as a part of learning activity.
      Practival Sessions:
      Depending upon the subject, an optimal amount of practical training is also imparted to candidates in study centers.
      Project Report:
      The candidate also prepare a project report as a part of the curriculum requirement of Post Graduate and the Under Graduate courses and sumbit the same during the respective final semesters for evaluation and assessment.
      E-Learning Mode:
      Learning is a process which has to be on going in order to grow personally, professionally, socially and economically. For thousands of years, the paradigm of learning was the classroom-training model. In a time when formal learning was scarce, resources were concentrated arond and centered on the availability of the educator, rather than the learner. Today Techology Enabled Learning is the self-paced learning methods that combines advanced technology and multimedia in a form so that the students learn faster, have inter participation in turn retaining things for longer time period.
      a. Training Methodologhy
      The student gets ample opportunities of faculty interaction, student interaction, group discussion, mock test, practice test in our traning methodology. They get adequate upliftment in personality development, communication and soft skills and industry exposures empowering them to be employable and self sustainable.

      Under its ONLINE Programme, primarily enrollments are from working class who has adequate subject knowledge. They are provided the entire learning material on web and in the middle of the semester, where they can address their queries raised during their learning process
      b. Computer Based Tutorials
      University has converted the Self Learning Material into Computer Bases Tutorials (CBT). The gist and essence of the text books are converted to digital frames that are embedded with animations, movies, graphs, inline questions and are interesting to go through. With the help of CBT any student can study at his/her home or at any place where computer is available.
      c. Learning Management System (LMS)
      University has also created Learning Management System (LMS) which is an online tool through which any student of KSOU can learn anywhere with the help of internet. LMS is extended version of study and this is today's demand. This can tie together administrators, teachers and students in an online space. This shows online real-time replication of actual classroom, Power of online testing. This will helps students "Study Anytime-Anywhere"
      d. Audio-Visual Material Aids
      The learning packgae contain CD-ROM/DVD allows the students to take advantage of Technology Enabled Learning benefits without need for an Internet connection.
      e. Flexi Learning Model
      The Flexi Learn delivery model is designed for lifelong Learners who perfer suiting their educational experience to their own time schedule. It is more convenient education using the traditional methods of distance learning and is especially designed for those Learners who prefer printed materials and traning classes as there are going to be limited access to a computer and internet.
      TEL methodology includes:
      • E-Textbooks
      • E-Lectures
      • Seek Advice Online
      • Discussion Forum
      • Mock Tests
      KSOU is introducing an E-Mentoring support to all its students. E-Mentoring involves giving academic support necessary for Technology Enabled Learning learners. Through the E-Mentoring programme, students will be able to address their specific academic queries via e-mail to Karnataka State Open University. These queries will be answered by our expert faculty and an in-depth reply will be sent to the students. This E-Mentoring support via e-mail will be available throughout the academic tenure of the each student.
      Support Services through Study Centers: Study centers are being set up all over the country to provide the candidates a platform to interact with counselors, other candidates and for use of the library. Candidates would be getting personal attention at these centers in addition to the hands-on-training on computers at the centers.
      Program Delivery:
      A Multi-form of instruction has been adopted, comprising of:
      1. Print material: Study material for all subjects which are supplied in the form of books
      2. Counseling Sessions: Will be held at Study centers, to suit the convenience of the candidates.
      3. Practical Sessions: Will also be held at the Study centers.
      4. Assignments: For assessment, evaluation and for feed-back of comprehension of study material.
      5. Project Work:To enable the candidate to gain an insight to independent working on a practical project.
      Instructional System:
      The methodolgy of instruction in this Open University is different from that of the conventional Universities. The Open University system is more learner-oriented, so much so, the candidate has to be invariably an active participant in the teaching-learning process. Most of the instructions are imparted through distance rather than face-to-face communication.

      The University follows a multi-channel approach for instructions suitably combining of the following:
      1. Self Learning Printed Material
      2. Audio and Video Cassettes
      3. CD's in multimedia
      4. Audio-Video programmes transmitted through Radio and Doordarshan
      5. Website information
      6. Face-to-Face Counseling at study centers by Academic Counselors
      7. Assignments
      8. Field based Projects
      To start with, the courses will be delivered on Internet and conventional distance education mode. In due courses, it will shift more towards on-line interaction between teacher and the taught. Skill and dexterity will e inculcated right from the beginning through interactive computer applications.
      Self Instructional Materials:
      Printed materials are the primary form of instrucational materials. These are supplied to the candidates in the form to booklets. Therefore, candidates have to draw mainly upon the printed materials, which are sent to them through the study centers. The printed material would be sufficient to the extent of about 75% to 80% to write any assignment responses and prepare for the term-end examinations. However, candidates are strongly advised to refer to other sources and texts, suggested under each unit in order to get a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter.
      Counseling Sessions:
      In distance education, face-to-face contact between the learners and their tutors/counsellors is relatively less and therefore counseling is an important activity. The purpose of such a contact is to answer some of your questions and clarify your doubts, which may not be possible through any other means of possible through any other menas of communication. There are experienced academic counsellors at the study centers to provide counseling and guidance to you in the courses that you have chosen for study. The candidate will be informed of the program schedule details by their Study Center Co-ordinators.

      It should be noted that the counseling sessions would be very different from the classroom teaching or lectures. Counselling does not mean delivering lectures as in conventional teaching. Counsellors will try to help you to overcome academic difficulties, which you may face while studing for Degree/Diploma programmes. In these sessions you must try to resolve and subjected based difficulties and any other related problems.

      Before teh candidate attends the counseling seesion they should go through the course material nad make notes of the point to be discussed. Unless, the units are gone through, there many not be much to discuss. The Co-ordinated of the respective Study Center will make the detail schedule of the counseling session known to the candidates. Usually, at least 10% of the credit hours will be earmarked for the counseling session.
      Assignment are an integral part of distance learning. The main purpose of assignments is to test your comprehension of the learning materials you receive from the University and also help you to better comprehend the coures by providing feedback to you. The information given in the printed course materials should be sufficient for answering the assignments.

      However, you may have to refer to other books and references given in the course material to have a comprehensive knowledge of the subject. But the assignments are generaly designed in such a way as to help you to concentrate mainly on the printed course material with a fleeting touch to other reference. You may also note the following points.
      1. It is compulsory for you to submit the term-end Examination of a course if you do not submit the specified number of assignments in respective courses on time.
      2. All assignments should be submitted to the respective study centers
      3. The assignments responses should be complete in all respects. Before submission you should ensure that you have answered all the question in all the assignments. Incomplete answer sheets will fetch poor grades/marks.
      4. The Study Center has the right to reject the assignments received after due date. You are therefore advised to submit the same before the due date
      5. A copy of the valued assignments will be returned to the candidates along with the marks / grades and the written comments which serve as a learning exercise for the candidates
      6. Two percent (2%) of the evaluated Assignments by the Academic Counsellors will be reviewed by the University from time to time.
      Practical Training:
      Considerable importance is given to hand-on training on computers in this programme. A set of practical exercise for subjects which need laboratory work is available at the study centers as also on the website. Candidates need to do this practical exerice under the guidance of their Study Center faculty. Major part of the contact hours at the study centers will be developed to this laboratory work.

  • Directors Speech

    • Dear Student,

      Greeting from Karnataka State Open University!!!

      I welcome you to the family of students in Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), which was established in the year 1996 for the promotion of Education among all sections of society. Without the constraints of space and time, Karnataka State Open University has established its quality and has reached the remote parts of Karnataka and beyond. As inscribed in its motto "Higher Education to All, Everywhere" the university has set itself an objective to reach the doorsteps of aspiring students in very nook and corner of not only the state, but throughout the country and abroad. The programs that are innovative and relevant to the society are offered with moderate cost and modern facilities. Karnataka State Open University has also programs of IGNOU, to cater to the needs of students in various fields. Accessibility, quality, flexibility and relevance are the major strengths of KSOU, whereas creation, management and dissemination of knowledge are its man goals. Flexible mode of teaching represents a major element of our programs. In order to achieve these goals, we have established 7 Regional Centres at Banglore, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Manglore, Shimoga and Delhi. 110UG Study Centres, 10B.Ed Study Centres, 08 Speical B.Ed. Study Centres, 08 M.Ed. Study Centres and 403 Partner Institution Study Centres. Contact Programs are conducted regularly with the involvement of experienced staff and expertise in the concerned fields is tapped for the benefit of the students, periodically. We are proud to announce the last year teh enrolment was 1,00,000.

      KSOU aims to be India's most progressive university. We strive to produce highly employable graduates of highest possible quality in areas of strategic importance. Since we possess rich heritage should join together and technology should be the tool as well as the means for this kind of exploration. As a student of KSOU, you can study at your place with the best self study materials and efficient media support. In both its teaching and research the University has forged strong links with the government, with business, industry and professions.

      On behalf of the university, I invite your participation, in realizing a dream of making this Nation, a knowledge intensive society. I wish you all the best in your pursuit of excellence in higher education!!!

      With best wishes for your career,

      Vice Chancellor