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Karnataka State Open University (K.S.O.U)

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), established over five years ago to provide distance education, is becoming popular. Last year, around 36,000 students have enrolled for the courses, while around 20,000 have completed the courses. The University expects raise in enrolment to 100,000 in the coming years. In order to cater to these increasing numbers, the KSOU has launched 'phone-in' programme in the All India Radio every fourth Sunday of the month. It is making use of the 'Jnanavani' F.M. Channel, two hours a day. 'Jnanavani' is an exclusive education channel of the All India Radio. It has also started B.Sc. (IT) and S.C. (IT) on line courses. The two courses have attracted 500 and 700 pupils, respectively.

KSOU is also preparing audio and video cassettes for self-learning. It plans to establish a studio of its own for these purposes. The second annual convocation of the KSOU was conducted in Mysore on February 17, 2002. As many as 7,464 students were awarded degrees. They consisted of 856 graduate, 6,547 post-graduate, 60 M.Phil. students. Besides one student was conferred doctorate degree. Of them, 3,948 were women.

More details from their web-site address www.ksouonline.org www.ksoumysore.com, www.info@ksou.online.org.,. E-mail ID is vcksou@blr.vsnl.netin. Phone number: 0821-500846, 0821-519948, 0821-519952. Fax Number: 0821-500846. The Dean (Academic) may be contacted for additional details. The University Postal address is: The Registrar, Karnataka State Open University, Manasa Gangotri, Mysore-570 006 (India).

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