The Karnataka State Open University came into being to achieve the following objectives:

- Democratising Higher Education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners.

- Providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it, irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications.

- Offering need - based academic Programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the programme.

- Promoting and developing distance education in India.

- Relaxed entry regulations.

- Providing opportunities to study according to one's own pace and convenience.

- Flexibility in choosing the combination of courses from a wide range of disciplines.Providing opportunity to study from one's own choosen place and pace.