Bangalore University located in the Garden City of Bangalore aptly hailed as the “IT capital of India” was established in July 1964 as an offshoot of the University of Mysore, primarily to include institutions of Higher learning located in the metropolitan city of Bangalore and the districts of rural Bangalore, Kolar. Initially, the two premier colleges of the city, the Central College and the University Vivesvaraya College of Engineering formed the nucleus of the Bangalore University.
Since 1964, Bangalore University has grown both in size and strength to include a large number of affiliated colleges, P.G. Centres of research and a rich diversity of programme options. In consonance with this expansion, in 1973 the University moved into a new campus ‘Jnana Bharathi’ located on a sprawling 1,100 acres of land and shifted many of its post-graduate departments to this newly established campus.
Bangalore University was started as a 'Nucleus of Science' centre of Mysore University, it was endowed with the status of a University in 1964. Bangalore University still commands a student strength of nearly 3,00,000. As many as 400 Colleges and over 75 Post-Graduate Departments, make it the largest University in India.
The Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education of Bangalore University was established in 1976. In the beginning, it was offering only a few external courses. Over the years, it has grown to incorporate both correspondence courses and open university schemes and through these, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, postgraduate diplomas and certificate courses. The Directorate is making all efforts to meet all the requirements of distance education and to democratize higher education. Thus, the Directorate is catering to the public who could not pursue their studies in regular courses.