Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) has opposed the government plans to set up a Karnataka virtual university. It was announced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the budget. KSOU Vice-chancellor M G Krishnan said the new university would duplicate the duties and charter of KSOU and he felt establishing a new university for technology assisted distance learning is not warranted and required.
He said the Chief Minister and the Higher Education Minister should drop the proposal and support KSOU to emerge as a leading virtual university in the country. Krishnan said the KSOU has developed quality learning material for 300 academic programmes, besides developing robust technology assisted learning platforms.