In continuing with the aim of building a knowledge based society Krishna Kanta Handique 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 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.
Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) is planned to be launched in selected subjects from the next academic session. This programme will be disciplines in professional along with some selected Social Sciences and Humanities subjects under Semester System.
The university offering Masters Degree Programmes in Mass Communication , Business Administration and Computer Application from this academic session. Masters programme in Humanities, Social Sciences and professional disciplines is expected to be launched from this academic year.The graduate level programme are B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration Bachelor of Mass Communication and Bachelor of Computer Application.