The Andhra University (IAST: Āndhra Vișvakalāpariṣhat) is a public university located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It was established in 1926 and shared affiliating responsibilities with Madras University in the initial years. It is located in a campus of 250 hectares (620 acres).
|Motto||Tejasvi nāvadhītamastu (from the Taittiriya āraṇyaka of the Yajurveda, 8.0.0)|
Motto in English
|"May the Divine Light illuminate our studies."|
|Chancellor||Governor of Andhra Pradesh|
|Vice-Chancellor||G. Nageswara Rao|
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India|
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. The institution has Sir C.R. Reddy as its founder Vice-Chancellor and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as the second Vice-Chancellor.
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.
The university is a campus of 171 ha (422 acres) 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.
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
- Andhra University College of Arts and Commerce (established 1931)
- Andhra University College of Engineering (established 1955)
- Andhra University College of Engineering for Women (established 2010)
- Andhra University College of Law (established 1945)
- Andhra University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (established 1951)
- Andhra University College of Science and Technology (established 1931)
- Andhra University School of Distance Education (established 1972)
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 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.
|General – international|
|QS (Asia) (2018)||301-350|
|Times (World) (2018)||801-1000|
|Times (Asia) (2018)||251-300|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2018)||36|
|NIRF (Universities) (2018)||22|
|Pharmacy – India|
Andhra University was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018 and 251-300 in Asia. The QS World University Rankings of 2018 ranked it 301-350 in Asia. It was ranked 36 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018 and 22 among universities. NIRF also ranked the Andhra University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences 28 in India in the pharmacy ranking.
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.
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.
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'.
- Kambhampati Hari Babu, Electronics and Communications Engineering, member of the 16th Lok Sabha
- Neeli Bendapudi, 18th president of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- B. M. Choudary, inorganic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Undurti Narasimha Das, immunologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Kunchithapadam Gopalan, geochronologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Chennupati Jagadish, applied physics 1977-1980, Companion of the Order of Australia
- S. Rao Kosaraju, Computer Science (1959-1964), founder of the Kosaraju's algorithm, which finds the strongly connected components of a directed graph
- Kolluru Sree Krishna, geophysicist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Venkaiah Naidu Vice president of India
- N S Raghavan, Electrical Engineering 1959-1964, co-founder of Infosys
- Anumolu Ramakrishna, Former Deputy Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro and Padma Bhushan recipient.
- Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, Mechanical Engineering, founder and Chairman of the GMR Group, an infrastructure enterprise.
- Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao, Plant breeder, popularly known as the Father of Hybrid Sorghum, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize recipient
- G. S. R. Subba Rao, natural product chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Barry Ramachandra Rao, space physicist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- C. R. Rao, Statistician, National Medal of Science laureate
- B. L. S. Prakasa Rao, Statistician, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize laureate and National Science Foundation Fellow
- B. S. Daya Sagar, Geoengineering (1988-1994), only Asian recipient of Georges Matheron Lectureship Award from International Association for Mathematical Geosciences
- B. L. K. Somayajulu, geochemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Adusumilli Srikrishna, organic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Duvvuri Subbarao, Economist and former Reserve Bank of India Governor
- Srinivasan Varadarajan, Chemist and Padma Bhushan awar
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