Education is a backbone of a society. In common parlance education is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. In continuing with the aim of building a knowledge based society Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University was established to provide quality higher education through open and distance learning to reach the unreached of the society.

KKHSOU, established under the provision of the KKHSOU, Act’ 2005 enacted by the Govt. of Assam & published in the Assam Gazette (extraordinary) dt 29/9/05 has been recognized by the Distance Education Council, New Delhi vide letter no. DEC/Misc/07/5957 dated 03/10/07. The University Grants Commission vide its letter No. F.9-13/2008(CPP-I) dated 18th March, 2009 also has empowered the University to award degrees under Section 22 of UGC Act, 1956. It is the fourteenth of its kind along with IGNOU and the only state Open University in the whole of NE India. The university is recognized by the University Grants Commission and Distance Education Council, Govt. of India. The headquarters of the University is located at Housefed Complex, Last Gate, Dispur, Guwahati. The university started functioning with the joining of Prof. Srinath Baruah, former Professor, Deptt. of Economics, Gauhati University, as the Vice-Chancellor.

The main aim of the university to develop and provide easily accessible modes of quality higher education and training with the use of latest educational inputs and technology. Because of the inherent flexibility in terms of pace and place of learning, methods of evaluation etc., The university holds the promise of providing equality of opportunities for higher education and bringing into its fold the deprived and denied sections along with the fresh learners.

The very purpose of the University is to promote education to reach the unreached through the Open and Distance Learning System and the motto of the University is ‘Education Beyond Barriers’ of age, academic background and geographical boundaries.

The course structures of the university have been designed at par with the national curriculum. Along with the traditional programmes the University offers various professional Certificate and Diploma programmes to enable the already enrolled students in various colleges and educational institutions of the state to pursue add-on studies simultaneously with their regular courses. The programmes of the University are so designed that it can spread education to all the learners of the region.

The University has been offering several academic programmes. At present the university is offering around forty academic programmes in humanities, Science, Social sciences and professional areas, such as – Ph. D., Masters, bachelors’ degree, diploma and certificate programme.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) is offered in humanities, social sciences and professional courses.

From the year 2008, the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes are being offered by the university. The graduate level programme are B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration Bachelor of Mass Communication and Bachelor of Computer Application.

Apart from these degree programmes the university is offering some Post Graduate Diplomas in the area of Computer Application, Business Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management , Broadcast Journalism, Mass Communication and in Human Resource Management .

The university’s and under graduate Diploma prpgramme are Journalism & Mass Communication , Assamese Journalism , Tourism Management, Hotel Management, Creative writing in English and Computer Hardware Networking.

To create entrepreneurs in the vocational areas the university has taken a step to make the learners trained in the specialized areas by introducing Certificate courses in Computer Application , Mobile Phone Repairing, Maintenance and Repairing of Audio Video Equipments, Maintenance and Repairing of Electronic Domestic Appliance, Scientific Piggery Farming , Scientific Goat Rearing, Scientific Broiler Farming, Scientific Duck Farming, Scientific Layer Farming etc.

The Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) is the first academic programme introduced by the university in 2008. This programme was introduced for those learners who could not pursue higher education for various reasons. The BPP course was initially of six month duration but now it has been made a one year programme, with a view to give more weitage to the programme along with better training scope to the learners to prepare themselves for degree level courses.

To popularize these new programmes the university has been giving importance in advertisements and publicity. Along with the newspaper advertisements the university released a good number of Radio and Television advertisements.

The introduction of vocational training by an open university is in itself a contribution to the needs of the people. The main intention behind the introduction of the training programme is to meet the various needs of the people of the region and make them independent. The main aim of the university is to educate its learners as well as help them in becoming self dependent.

Therefore, the University, has introduced some vocational training programmes with the help of the Polytechnics and Industrial Training Institute (I.T.I s.) of the state and some other specialized institutions.

The different areas of programmes of training will be House wiring, repair of domestic electrical appliances, A/C motor rewinding, 4 wheeler servicing, 2/3 wheeler repairing and maintenance, electrical house wiring practice, welding practice, plumbing and pump installation, RCC masory practice and training for the security personnel.

The university since its inception has tried to bring about an all round development of the academicians, learners and non- academic staffs of the university by organizing various workshops and seminars. The university till date has organized around 40 workshops and seminars in different colleges, study centres and in the headquarter. It has also organized national level events like Indian Science Communication Congress 2009 (ISCC 2009).

The 9th ISCC was organized for the first time in the entire north eastern region of India. Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University hosted this mega event in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Around 200 delegates and participants attended the congress from all over the country.

Around 40 workshops and seminars is organized by the university from the time of its inception. The main areas of the workshop were development of road map, curriculum development, SLM preparation, counseling, supporting staff administration, management of study centre and so on.

The university, has registered a quantum increase in enrollment in the different academic programmes under various degree courses that are being offered by the university. As per the first enrollment of the university in 2008 a total number of 4200 learners were enrolled and it has been increased to over 24000 by the end of 2009 i.e. a period of two years only.

The number of study centres under this university has witnessed a giant leap having the numbers increased to 220 from the time of its inception when the number of study centers was 79.

Considering its social responsibility, three study centres- Central Jail of Guwahati, Jorhat and Abhayapuri Jail are run by the University. Education is provided free of cost to the jail inmates by the university. The high walls of the jail should not be the barrier to education. This is a step taken by the university to fulfill its motto i.e., ‘Education beyond barriers’.

More than 300 self learning materials were prepared during this tenure. Self learning materials are specially designed by teams of subject experts from within and outside the state. These materials are prepared both in English and Assamese looking at the need of the learners.

A multi media studio set up with the aim of producing audio as well as audio-visual programmes has become fully functional to meet any demand. The university got the SACFA clearance and frequency allotment of 90.4 MHz recently from the Govt. of India to operate a community radio station which is the first in entire North East. This frequency was used in experimental broadcast in January 2009.

The University has successfully completed two years of its radio phone-in programme recently. It first took on air through All India Radio, Guwahati on February 03,2008 for the month of January. It provides a common platform for the general people to understand the activities of the University and also to have a direct contact with the top brass of the University, as the queries of the phone callers are answered by the key officials of the University. The main objective of the phone-in programme has been to answer the queries of the distant learners as well as the general public with regard to the University’s activities and programmes. It is an innovative learner support service provided by the Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University for the better understanding of the issues related to the functioning of the University through its Study Centres. The phone-in programme is on air on every fourth Sunday of each month between 11.30 a.m. and 12.00 noon. It is broadcast by the All India Radio, Guwahati and relayed by the All India Radio, Dibrugarh.

The Govt. of Assam has allotted land for the permanent campus at Patgaon under Rani mauza, located near the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati.

The University has made a provision for its learners to get the news and announcement from KKHSOU on their mobile phone by subscribing through SMS. This is done by sending an SMS to a number and for e-mail and RSS subscription options the learners can visit the official website.

The university community and the authorities of the university, such as the board of management, academic council, finance committee etc. are confident that Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University will be able to provide quality higher education through open and distance learning to every nook and corner of the region.


Ph.D. & M.Phil.


PhD programme is offered by the University in regular mode as per the latest UGC guidelines.They are also to undertake course works at least for one semester.

PhD programme shall be for a minimum duration of three years, including course work and a maximum of six years.Admission to the Ph.D. programme will be based on performance in the written test and viva. Shortlisted candidates of the written test will have to make a presentation of their synopsis of a research proposal (format to be notified in the website) before a panel of experts. The entrance test will comprise of two parts –Part A: 50 marks MCQ based on research methodology;Part B:50 marks descriptive type.
Fee Structure for PhD Programme:

Admission Fee: Rs 20000
Course Work Fee: Rs 5000
Monthly fee: Rs 1000
Thesis Submission fee: Rs 5000
Viva voce examination fee: Rs 5000


M.Phil. programme shall be for duration of two consecutive semesters/ one year.Candidate for admission to the M.Phil programme shall have a Master’s degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with atleast 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or a equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country.
A relaxation of 5% marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer/ differently-abled) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the Commission from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master’s degree prior to 19th September, 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedure.

Fee Structure for M.Phil Programme:
Admission Fee: Rs 10000
Monthly fee: Rs 500
Viva voce examination fee: Rs 5000

PG Diploma


KKHSOU presently offers the following Post-graduate Diploma Programmes in credit based semester system. PGDBM, PGDCA, PGDMC, and PGDBJ are moduler that means each programme of a year is a module. Those who successfully complete these programmes shall be eligible for admission into the 3rd Semester of the respective Master’s programmes.

PG Diploma in Mass Communication(PGDMC)
PG Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM)
PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism (PGDBJ)
PG Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management (PGDTHM)
Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM)
PG Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA)


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KKHSOU is priviledged to have been entrusted by the Government of Assam with the responsibility to train the untrained teachers with a Teachers’ Training Programme through the distance mode. Accordingly, the university developed the two year programme named Diploma in Elementary Education (DEl.Ed.) which came into functioning in 2012. This programme is the first of its kind in the North East of India. The curriculum of this programme has been designed with the help of experts from DEC (IGNOU), and the local experts taking into account the NCIE guidelines and National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education. After finalizing the curriculum, through several meetings and consultation, it was submitted to NCTE through SSA Mission following which NCTE had given approval to the programme. The programme comprises two years, and the in-service teachers selected / nominated / deputed by the Government of Assam (through SSA Mission) are only eligible to undertake this training programme.


Admission Informations

Admission Procedure:

1) Admission shall be through the designated Study Centres only, spread all over the state.

2) For Admission to a programme, course fee is to be paid through the Bank challan attached with the Prospectus, at any branch of State Bank of India. Application along with necessary enclosures and a copy of the challan returned by the Bank after payment is required to be submitted at the recongnised study Centres within due date. [Course fee may also be paid in the form of Bank Draft drawn in favour of Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University” and payable at Guwahati.

3)A summarised table indicating the eligibility criteria of admission into the various academic programmes offered by the Univeristy along with the relevant documents necessary to be submitted along with the application form. The Study Centre will scrutinize the application forms as per the norms and qualifications required for each programme.The Study Centre will scrutinize the application forms as per the norms and qualifications required for each programme.

4)After scrutiny, the eligible applicants will be provisionally admitted by the Study Centre.

5) Intending learners with incomplete application may be given conditional admission at the University’s discretion with the condition that required eligibility documents are to be submitted latest by the dates prescribed for the purpose. Their enrollment will be confirmed on fulfillment of the eligibility requirements. To appear in the examinations, confirmation of enrollment will be necessary.

6)All the enrolled learners will be provided with the registration number,programme guidelines and identity cards.

7)Those learners who are unable to complete the programme within the specified validity period will be required to register themselves afresh by paying the requisite fee as per the University regulations.

Continuous Admission:

1)After completion of a particular semester, a learner is required to apply for next semester simply by paying the necessary fees within one month of the last examination day of the previous Semester. Admission in subsequent semester does not depend on the results of the earlier semester. One may take admission even without appearing in previous semester examination in the next semester. Admission should be taken continuously in all a Degree, Diploma and Certificate programmes without any break. A learner will be allowed to appear in all the examinations including back papers within the stipulated time of a programme.

2) A learner is required to pay a fine of Rs 300 if he or she applies for admission to the next semester after expiry of one month but within two months from the last day of examination of the previous semester.

3) On special consideration, a learner may be allowed admission as individual admission for the next semester even beyond two months but before the issue of notification of the examination of that semester by the University on Individual application with sufficient reasons and payment of a fine of Rs 500.


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  • Master Programs
    Master of Arts (MA)
    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
     Master of Computer Application (MCA)
    Master of Science in Information Technology (M.Sc IT)
    Master of Social Works (MSW)


For admission into MBA a candidate, except the exempted one, must clear an Entrance Test. Questions in the Common Entrance Test shall be of objective type consisting of general aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, general awareness and socio- economic issues.

After qualifying an Entrance Test, if a candidate for valid and accountable reasons, cannot take admission in the current session, he/ she may be allowed to enrol in the next session by the University on application. This condition applies to all programmes having an entrance test for admission, i.e. MBA.

Learners of M.A. in Political Science, Education, Sociology and Social Work are allowed to write answers in examinations in Assamese if they so desire. However, SLM for these Programmes have not been provided in Assamese language.

FEE Structure

The learners are to pay the total fee for a year in the form of Bank Journal or Draft drawn in favour of "K.K Handiqui State Open University" payable at Guwahati.Course fee will include supply of Self Learning Material,counselling session,postal charges and other unspecified costs.No Other fee will be paid to any one which is not included in the fee structure.
It has been decided that from 2015-16 session onward, exam fee will be collected along with the course fee at the time of admission in all the semesters- not only at the time of admission to the first semester.All fee are subject to revision. Revised fee shall be applicable to all learners on roll.
Admission in subsequent years] semesters should be taken within one month from the last date of the latest examination irrespective of the examination results. That means, a learner is not required to wait for the examination result for admission to the next Semester of the programme.Filling up examination forms for all examinations, especially for back papers and betterment, within due time is compulsory.

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