Education is the 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 providing quality higher education through the Open and Distance Learning to reach the unreached section 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 Former Distance Education Council, New Delhi (now DEB,UGC) 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 headquarters of the University is located at Patgaon,Rani,Guwahati. The University started functioning with the joining of Prof. Srinath Baruah, former Professor, Deptt. of Economics, Gauhati University, as the Vice-Chancellor of this University.
The University was established with the purpose of promoting education to reach the unreached through the Open and Distance Learning System, with the motto of the University ‘Education Beyond Barriers’ of age, academic background and geographical boundaries.
The main aim of the university is 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 programmes of the University are so designed that it can spread education to all the learners of the region.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 University at present has been offering around forty Academic Programmes in Humanities, Social Sciences and Professional areas which include – PhD, M.Phil., Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programmes. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and M.Phil. are offered in Humanities, Social Sciences and Professional Courses.
From the year 2008, the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes are being offered.The Bachelor's Programmes include B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Computer Application.
Apart from these graduate programmes, the University is offering Post Graduate Diploma Programmes in the area of Computer Application, Business Management, Broadcast Journalism, Mass Communication and Human Resource Management .
Other Diploma programme of the University include Journalism & Mass Communication, Creative Writing in English, Computer Hardware and Networking, Library and Information Science and Sanskrit Learning.
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 programmes in Nursery Management, Tea Cultivation and Plantation Management, Security Personnel and Counsellings Skills.
To popularize these programmes, the University has been giving due importance on advertisements and publicity. Along with newspaper advertisements, the University released a good number of Radio and Television advertisements.
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. The main achievement of the workshops were development of road map, curriculum development, SLM preparation, counselling, supporting staff administration, management of study centre and so on.
The number of Study Centres under this University too has witnessed a giant leap having the numbers increased to 302 from the time of its inception when the number of Study Centres was 79.
Considering its social responsibility, education is provided free of cost to the jail inmates across the state of Assam. 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’.
Self learning materials of this University 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 has also been set up with the aim of producing audio as well as audio-visual programmes. The University got the SACFA clearance and frequency allotment of 90.4 MHz 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 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.