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Karnataka Folklore University has taken the initiative to commence new academic courses with a greater objective of enriching Native Knowledge Systems with the specific interest of collecting the basic information about the knowledge sources of all communities of the society and for documentation of the knowledge systems which are available in very native forms in native surroundings. This university has started its march towards these defined goals step by step and the academic activities of this university stand as evidence for such progress.

The academic programmes are designed in such a way that these activities should lead to the other activities of the university such as extending its process of collection, dissemination and enriching the folk-culture. This makes the university to stretch its activities, its teaching and research over a wider area. Now transmission of knowledge in many forms is possible through outreach and extension programs. With these aims, the university began its 2012-13 academic activities. There are six faculties and seventeen departments in this university. In addition to this, there are six centres for academic activities.

Faculties Departments
1. General Folklore 1.1 Department of Studies in Folkloristics
1.2 Department of Studies in Folk Religion 
1.3 Department of Studies in Comparative Folklore
2. Verbal Folklore 2.1 Department of Studies in Folk Literature
2.2 Department of Studies in Folk Speech
3. Folk Art Tradition 3.1 Department of Studies in Folk Arts
3.2 Department of Studies in Folk Crafts
4. Traditional Science and Technology 4.1 Department of Studies in Traditional Knowledge Systems
4.2 Department of Studies in Traditional Science and Technology
5. Subaltern Studies 5.1 Department of Studies in Rural marginalised communities
5.2 Department of Studies in Rural and Tribal Communities
5.3 Department of Studies in Rural and Tribal Women and Children
5.4 Department of Studies in Rural and Tribal youth Services and Games
6. Applied Folklore 6.1 Department of Studies in Tourism
6.2 Department of Studies in Folk Communication
6.3 Department of Studies in Rural and Tribal Development
6.4 Department of Studies in Rural and Tribal Business and Management

In addition to Post Graduate, Graduate and diploma courses, 78 certificate courses are also planned and designed in an attempt at covering the entire folklore in one or the other academic activities. With an intention of not restricting in the hearing and learning process to only within four walls, it is planned to put the emphasis more on training and performance. Several short-term courses are also planned.