CAMPUS COLLEGE - Profile
Acharya Nagarjuna University since then has grown into a large University with 39 Academic Departments, including several self-financed courses, which started operating since 1992. Its jurisdiction was extended to three districts now having over 364 affiliated colleges offering Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate, Engineering, Education, Law, Pharmacy and Oriental Languages courses. Now it has 39 Post-Graduate teaching-cum-research courses on the campus, while 71 affiliated colleges offer P.G. courses. The University runs two P.G Centers - one at Ongole (a fully self-financed center) and another at Nuzvid (aided).
The University has been continuously achieving progress during these 30 years, in terms of introducing new subjects in the University College. For instance, two new P.G. courses, in Hindi, and Tourism & Travel Management were introduced last year. New courses were started from the academic year : B.P. Ed. and M.P. Ed in the department of Physical Education, while M.B.A. in Health Administration, M. Ed in the department of Education and M.Sc. in Medical Technology are jointly awarded by A.N.U. and N.T.R. University of Health Sciences. Five year Integrated M.B.A., Programme in International Finance is started. This University has also pioneered the introduction of self-financed courses in the country, which is in conformity with the thinking of the national education policy makers such as the University Grants Commission. The University is making concerted efforts towards resource mobilization on different fronts.
The policy of the University is to encourage the University College and the affiliated colleges to introduce job-oriented courses at the Degree and Post-Graduate levels. Academic autonomy was extended to four of the colleges as per the directions of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. The University has ensured that, while there is a need for quantitative improvement with the increasing demand for higher education, from the community at large, the quality of education offered at various levels is also maintained at a high level. The University has been striving to maintain high academic standards in consonance with quantitative increase in the number of students being enrolled every year.
Teaching and Research are the two eyes and twin goals of the faculty in the University College. The research programmes carried out in the various Departments cover both fundamental and applied areas. The academic Departments seek to find a reasonable and useful balance between the world of knowledge and its use and application in a more concrete and realizable form. The research programmes and course content focus on these issues and attempt to find solutions, so that feedback obtained by such an interaction could be used to bridge the gap between learning and its utility value.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Departments in the Campus have been engaged in the task of studying the many socio-economic problems. Besides general areas, the research projects also cover a study of the problems of women, the oppressed classes of the society (both social and economic) and the problems of governance. The interaction between the funding agencies and their beneficiaries and the managerial problems in industries form other research pre-occupations of the University. The need for providing legal advice to the needy is winning the attention of the researchers.
The Science Departments are engaged in carrying out work related to the growing scientific knowledge in solving the problems of society, like the study of pollution hazards and their prevention during development by isolating and characterizing the active principles from both floral and microbial sources; finding alternative energy sources, development of new varieties and hybrids in chilies, computer applications and software development, augmenting and preserving fuel supplies and other bio-mass sources, defense research, exploring non-conventional energy sources, aquaculture development, liquid crystals preparation and study of their physical properties, microbiology and psychopathology, etc., all of which have a bearing on the day-to-day problems of society. Knowledge is thus not merely an end in itself but also a means to serve the society which funds the educational institutions, and this practical side has not been ignored by the University. Emphasis on research, especially with a strong socio-economic bias has also made the University initiate schemes and projects of practical utility.
The University has centers of study such a Mahayana Buddhism, Scientific Socialism, Disaster Mitigation Studies, Womens Studies, Aquaculture Research and Education besides a Computer Center, Nagarjuna University Study Circle, Adult Education Center and Scientific Instrumentation Center, indicating the diversified activities of the University. There has been a restoration of Womens Studies Center and Dr.Ambedkar Chair activities. Dr. Ambedkar Chair sanctioned by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India is upgraded into a center with Prof. Samuyelu as Director to undertake studies and research on the philosophy, ideas and thoughts of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar. The UGC has sanctioned the establishment of a Gandhian Studies Centre, Prof.M.V.Ram Kumar Ratnam is coordinating the research activities of the centre. The Internet facilities in the campus have been modernized by introducing fiber optic connectivity.
The Directorate of Admissions set up to conduct yearly PG and research admissions has conducted the admission counseling sessions for the year 2006-07 smoothly under Prof. P.V.V. Satyanarayana as Director. A Central Lab created in the University with the UGC X Plan developmental assistance has Prof. Z.Vishnuvardhan, Dept. of Zoology, as its Director.
The University Library has acquired a large collection of books for the on-going teaching and research work in the University. The Library has a microfilming unit and a Documentation cell. The Library has been subscribing to as many as 450 national and international journals besides acquiring the back numbers of frequently used journals. A Primary Health Center is functioning on the campus to provide free medical aid to the staff and students of the University. The University Scientific and Instrumentation Center and the Computer Center are functioning effectively and are equipped with the latest technology.
Several programmes and measures started earlier like the Placement Cell, Citizens Charter, University Newsletter etc., are being strengthened to facilitate their functional efficacy. The UGC NET Coaching scheme for S.C. & S.T. students sanctioned for the academic years has been yielding rich benefits. The Centre for Distance Education has been going from strength to strength in terms of enrollment of students and the introduction of new courses.
The University thus balances the old values with the modern developments, so much so that it has been living up to its motto that everything is established in Truth, SATYE SARVAM PRATISHTITAM by presenting an integral vision of education and a holistic approach to learning.
The University College reopened for the academic year 2007-08 on June 30th, 2007 and the classes for the first year students commenced from July 1st, 2007. During this academic year, 1061 students were admitted into the first semester of different courses. Among these candidates, 627 are boys and 434 girls. Of them, 261 belong to Scheduled Castes, 63 Scheduled Tribes and 376 Backward Communities, while 361 students belong to OC. The total student strength during this academic year is 2069. Among them 1225 are boys and 804 girl students, 509 of whom are S.Cs., 105 S.Ts., 718 are B.Cs., and 737 O.Cs. Scholarships to the value of Rs. 1.02 Crore, have been sanctioned by the Social Welfare and Backward Classes Welfare Department for S.C.,B.C & EPP students.
Research in various departments has made commendable progress. Scholarships have been provided to the research scholars by various agencies like the UGC, CSIR, BC Welfare and Social Welfare Departments. This year about 650 research scholars were admitted into various departments. Hostel accommodation has been provided to about 357 girls and 737 boys including research scholars and B.P.Ed. students.
The students have also participated in several fine arts competitions, youth festivals, and NSS and Physical Education activities and brought laurels to the University College. The 27th Convocation of A.N.U. was held on 26-08-2006 while the 30th Foundation Day of A.N.U. was celebrated grandly on 11-09-2006. The University conducts youth festivals regularly every year to nurture the talent of our students.