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The Andhra University (IAST: Āndhra Vișvakalāpariṣhat) is a public university located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It was established in 1926[1] and shared affiliating responsibilities with Madras University in the initial years.

Andhra University
Andhra University logo.png
MottoTejasvi nāvadhītamastu (from the Taittiriya āraṇyaka of the Yajurveda, 8.0.0)
Motto in English
"May the Divine Light illuminate our studies."
TypePublic
Established1926
ChancellorGovernor of Andhra Pradesh
Vice-ChancellorG. Nageswara Rao
RectorGayatri Devi
Location, ,
17°43′45.38″N 83°19′17.61″E / 17.7292722°N 83.3215583°E / 17.7292722; 83.3215583Coordinates: 17°43′45.38″N 83°19′17.61″E / 17.7292722°N 83.3215583°E / 17.7292722; 83.3215583
CampusUrban
NicknameAU
AffiliationsUGC
Websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu.in

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HistoryEdit

Andhra University was established in 1926 by the Madras University Act to serve the entire linguistic region of Andhra as a residential teaching-cum-affiliating University.[citation needed] The institution has Sir C.R. Reddy as its founder Vice-Chancellor and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as the second Vice-Chancellor.[citation needed] Mir Osman Ali Khan, The Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, donated ₹1 lakh for the university.[2][clarification needed]

University emblemEdit

The university emblem was designed by Shri Kowta Rammohan Sastri with the guidance of Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy. The rising sun represents the University itself and the radiating light rays representing its faculties of study. The lotus is the seat of Goddess Lakshmi (prosperity) and Saraswati (knowledge). The swastika is the symbol of benediction. An ocean is the vast region of knowledge. The two serpents represent the seekers and custodians of wisdom.[3]

CampusEdit

The university is a campus dotted with 121 buildings for academic, administrative, and support services, with a plinth area of about 190,000 square metres (2 million square feet), and 324 staff quarters. It serves the educational needs of five districts of Andhra Pradesh, namely Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. Located on the uplands of Visakhapatnam, 'The City of Destiny', the university campus is scenic, with the Bay of Bengal on one side of it and on the other, the green Kailasagiri hill range.

InfrastructureEdit

The university contains two sections, the south campus and north campus. The south campus houses the Arts, Humanities and Sciences departments along with the administrative block. The north campus (established in 1962), comprises the Engineering College.

The university has four constituent colleges. The College of Arts and Commerce is the biggest constituent college with 28 departments offering 55 courses. The College of Science and Technology has 19 departments, which offers 44 courses. The College of Engineering has 16 departments involving in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The College of Law has been identified as an advanced centre in law by University Grants Commission.

The university has a school of distance education (started 1972) with 32 study centres across the state and a study centre at New Delhi.

The campus has 19 hostels for men and four hostels for women, that accommodate 4,300 students. There is residential accommodation of 340 units of staff quarters. The university has three health centres, a homoeopathy dispensary, three guest houses, a faculty club, an open-air theatre and a campus school for the children of university school.

Faculties and departmentsEdit

The College of Engineering offers 80 courses in 15 departments. Courses include Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics & Communications, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Remote Sensing, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering.

The College of Law offers LL.B. 3 years, LL.B. 5 years, LL.M. and PhD programmes. Many of the judges in the Andhra Pradesh Courts, and a representation in the judiciary of High Courts and Supreme Court are the alumni of Dr B.R.Ambedkar College of Law.

Courses offeredEdit

Courses include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geology, and Geography. The university teaches applied sciences like Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Environmental Sciences, Geophysics, Geo-Engineering, Remote Sensing, Nuclear Physics, Meteorology, Oceanography, Nuclear Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Bioinorganic Chemistry.

Other courses are Plant Cytogenetics, Parasitology, Marine Fisheries, Entomology, Hydrology, Human Genetics, Ionosphere Studies, Petroleum Exploration Studies, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nanoscience, Foods and drugs, and water.

The university offers courses in Business Management, Quantitative Economics, Criminal Justice, Meteorology & Oceanography, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Chemistry, Parapsychology, Genetics, Gemology, GeoEngineering, Petroleum Exploration, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Retail Management, Statistics and Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

RankingsEdit

University rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2018)[4]301-350
Times (World) (2018)[5]801-1000
Times (Asia) (2018)[6]251-300
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[7]36
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[8]22
Pharmacy – India
NIRF (2018)[9]28

Andhra University was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018[5] and 251-300 in Asia.[6] The QS World University Rankings of 2018 ranked it 301-350 in Asia.[4] It was ranked 36 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018[7] and 22 among universities.[8] NIRF also ranked the Andhra University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences 28 in India in the pharmacy ranking.[9]

FacultiesEdit

More than 85% of the faculty members have PhD degrees acquired from institutes in India and abroad. The faculty strength is 500.

It is the first college in AP to launch 4G WiFi facility for students on the commercial basis. Broadband internet facility is available. There is a projector is in every classroom and a fingerprint attendance system.

The college has established relations with R&D, production and manufacturing industries like NSTL, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, DRDO, ISRO, BARC, SAC-Ahmedabad, Wipro, Infosys, Mahindra Satyam, HCL, TCS, IRS etc.

Campuses outside the universityEdit

The university has established campuses outside Visakhapatnam to meet the demand for post-graduate education. Campuses are located in Etcherla, Srikakulam district, Kakinada, East Godavari district, Tadepalligudem, West Godavari district and Vizianagaram. An earlier campus at Guntur City, established in 1967, became Acharya Nagarjuna University in 1976. Adikavi Nannaya University was formed in 2006 taken the affiliated colleges from East and West Godavari districts. In 2008, Etcherla PG Campus became Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Srikakulam and took control over all affiliated colleges in Srikakulam.

AffiliationsEdit

There are 575 affiliated colleges spread across five districts under the territorial jurisdiction of Andhra University. The enrollment in undergraduate courses is more than 77,000 and in postgraduate courses more than 20,000 students. The university is supported by 860 teachers and 2500 non-teaching and technical staff.

Kala PrapoornaEdit

The honorary doctorate degree of ‘Kala Prapoorna' (Sangha Seva) may be given in the Faculties of Engineering and Kala Prapoorna (Krishi) in the Faculty of Agriculture, ‘Kala Prapoorna' (Sangeeta), (Natya), (Nataka), (Chitra) or (Silpa) in the Faculty of Fine Arts and ‘Kala Prapoorna' (Sahitya) in the Faculty of ‘Oriental Learning'.

Notable alumniEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Welcome to Andhra University". andhrauniversity.edu.in. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  2. ^ "A 'miser' who donated generously". thehindu. May 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Andhra University Golden Jubilee Celebrations (1926-76) Souvenir. The Andhra University Emblem: What it signifies. Waltair: Andhra University. p. v. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b "QS Asian University Rankings 2018". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2018". The Times Higher Education. 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2018)". The Times Higher Education. 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  8. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  9. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Pharmacy)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. ^ Manish (21 April 2014). "Vizag's non-local 'localite'". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Statisticians in History - Calyampudi R. Rao". ww2.amstat.org. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  12. ^ Bose, Arup (27 September 2010). "The ET Interview: B.L.S. Prakasa Rao". Econometric Theory. 27 (02): 373–411. doi:10.1017/S0266466610000319. ISSN 1469-4360. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  13. ^ "There can't be painless adjustments". BW Businessworld. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2017.

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