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|Workshop for B.Tech students
|Andhra Pradesh,Jan 18
A workshop on ‘Inspire to innovate’ will be organised by the Department of Computer Engineering, Andhra University College of Engineering for Women here on Thursday. This will be followed by a two-day workshop on ‘Issues related to web security’ which concludes on January 21. Close to 120 participants would attend the session meant for B.Tech students.
|Applications invited for special drive exams
|Andhra Pradesh,Jan 6
Applications are invited to clear the backlog subjects from the candidates of postgraduate and professional courses to appear for the Special Drive Examinations of Andhra University. The examinations are scheduled for the students of M.A., MBA, M.Com, MHRM (1995-2012 admitted batches), M.Sc and M.Sc (Applied Chemistry) (1994-2012 admitted batches), MCA and M.Sc Computer Science (1995 to 2011 admitted batches), M.Ed (1994-2000 admitted batches), B.E/B.Tech/B.E (three years), B.E (PT)/B. Arch (1994-1995 to 2007-2008 admitted batches) and M.E/M.Tech/M.Pharmacy (1996-1997 to 2012-2013 admitted batches). The candidates can obtain the examination application by downloading from the website.
|Andhra Pradesh not favoured by foreign students
|Andhra Pradesh,Dec 15
Contrary to a staggering 2 lakh Indian students leaving for foreign shores each year, the inflow of foreign students into India has been on the decline with each passing year, particularly to Andhra Pradesh.
The recent All-India Survey on Higher Education once again underscored the poor response from aspirants seeking Indian education. According to the survey, in 2014-15 academic year, 42,293 nationals from 164 countries came to India for education.
Of them, only 1,207 students took admissions at various universities and colleges of Andhra Pradesh, which was way lesser than Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, etc.
The number of foreign students in Karnataka was 13,956, and, in Tamil Nadu 5,698. Maharashtra witnessed admissions of about 5,135 students. About 3,000 foreign students joined institutions in Telangana in 2014.
The number has gone further down to about 35,000 in 2015-16. Lack of established premier institutions and infrastructure is said to be the reasons for the lukewarm response from foreign students.
Dr T. Sharon Raju of Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Andhra University, said lack of infrastructure at par with global institutions has been a discouraging factor for the institutions of the state.
“Our investment in the research sector at the universities was a fraction compared to other emerging economies. Our faculty was starved of international exposure as only a few get the chance to go abroad on fellowships. The faculty of the varsities and colleges should update their profile at regular intervals on the respective institution’s website to capture the attention of foreign nationals. The International Affairs’ wing of varsities should also aggressively promote their credentials, achievements and international rankings with the foreign embassies. Varsities introducing a single-window system for foreign students and showing more concern towards their welfare would also go a long way in attracting more foreign students,” he added.
Neighbouring countries constituted the highest share of students, with Nepal (21 per cent) leading the count, followed by Afghanistan (9 per cent), Bhutan (6 per cent) and Malaysia and Sudan (5 per cent each). About 4,478 foreign students opted for B.Tech courses and 3,450 students chose B.A. programmes, followed by BBA (2,800), B.Pharm (2,683) and B.Sc (2,623).
But Andhra varsity shows the way
Andhra University has been the face-saver of the state with over 450 foreign students in the campus. The varsity sees about 200-250 foreign student admissions each year. The foreign students are provided accommodation at four hostels at AU, including the recently-inaugurated ‘green building’ in the campus.
AU vice-chancellor Prof. G. Nageswara Rao said they were extending the best possible hospitality and quality education to the foreign students. “Andhra University has about 400 students from 10 countries and we hope the number would grow in the coming days,” he said.
Dean, International Affairs, Andhra University, Dr B. Mohan Venkata Ram, gave a detailed account of growing numbers of foreign students and their origin. “Majority of AU’s foreign students come from Ethiopia, Nepal, Afghani-stan and African countries. We make sure of making them feel Andhra University a second home. If there is any issue, we address it on a priority basis,” he said.
|AUCE’s joint education project
|Andhra Pradesh,Dec 14
Andhra University College of Engineering organised a meeting on the proposal to launch a joint education programme for the employees of the Naval Dockyard on Tuesday. Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard Rear Admiral Narayan Prasad interacted with the research scholars.
The meeting focused on initiating a joint education programme for the employees of the Naval Dockyard and providing them annual training. Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao, Principal of AUCE P.S. Avadhani along with other staff members attended. They later visited Dr. P.S.N. Raju Computer Laboratories and Centre for Nano-Technology.
|Andhra University distance education programme classes
|Andhra Pradesh,Dec 10
The Andhra University School of Distance Education is conducting classes for the students of three-year and two-year Executive MBA and MBA (hospital administration) programmes for 2016-17 academic year at the AU Department of Commerce and Management Studies from December 11.
Students have to report at the venue along with their ID cards at 9 a.m. on December 11 for registration and to receive the time table. Classes will be held only on Sundays. Students of MA programmes in Telugu, economics, English, political science and public administration and M.Com., who have not registered for the classes scheduled from December 4, have to report for classes at the venues at 9 a.m. on December 11 for registration and receiving time table, Director of AU SDE L.D. Sudhakara Babu said.
|Notification issued for Ph.D admissions in Andhra University
|Andhra Pradesh,Dec 8
Directorate of Admissions of Andhra University has invited applications for admission into Ph.D programmes in arts, science, engineering, pharmaceutical sciences and law colleges, under different categories such as extramural, project fellows, faculty development programme, CSIR-UGC NET fellowship and Inspire and Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship. Candidates seeking admission must have 55 per cent or equivalent CGPA in qualifying PG degree. For SC/ST candidates it is relaxed to 50 per cent, Director of Admissions O. Aniel Kumar said on Wednesday. Application form and other details can be obtained from the university websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu. in/doa. The last date for submission of filled in applications without fine is Dec. 19 and with a fine of Rs. 1500 up to Dec. 26. Counselling will be held on Jan 19 at the office of the Director, Directorate of Admissions, Vijayanagar Palace, Pedawaltair.
|Few Andhra University ‘donors’ actually pay up
|Andhra Pradesh,Dec 7
Only Rs 31 lakh of the Rs 27.76 crore donations promised to Andhra University on its first grand ‘Alumni Day’ in 2015, have actually been paid. The first ‘Alumni Day’, observed on October 12, 2015, to mark the first anniversary of Cyclone Hudhud, had drawn promises of donations of about Rs 13.88 crore from its alumni. These included Rs 1 crore promised by HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and his close associates from the 1981-83 Law batch, Rs 1 crore by Union urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, who promised to raise the donation through his contacts, Rs 1 crore by GMR Group chairman G. Mallikarjuna Rao and Rs 50 lakh by Narsapuram MP Gokaraju Gangaraju.
Various public sector units also assured of donating Rs 5 crore and some alumni of the 1961-62 batch had promised another Rs 5 crore. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who attended the event announced Rs 13.88 crore as a matching grant, taking the total to to Rs 27.76 crore. A year later, only Rs 31 lakh has been realised – Rs 30 lakh by Mr Mallikarjuna Rao, who is chairman of the AU Alumni Association, and a Rs 1 lakh contribution by Vizag MP K. Haribabu, who is also part of the association. Mr Mallikarjuna Rao has been paying for the AU Alumni Association office in the university and its workforce.
Andhra University started celebrating its “Alumni Day” as a grand spectacle from 2015 to tap into the expertise and knowledge of its large alumni base and to create a good corpus. Thanks to officials as well as the alumni association’s efforts, the varsity could gather thousands of alumni at one place last year. But it has yielded just Rs 31 lakh donations. Not deterred by these developments, Andhra University officials have been gearing up for the second alumni day on December 17. Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Prof. G. Nageswara Rao said that they have extended invitations to all alumni.
“Noted film director K. Raghavendra Rao has been directing the theme song for the alumni day. A dedicated website as well as a mobile app for the alumni would be launched on December 17. The week-long celebrations would start from December 10, marking the birth anniversary of founder vice-Chancellor Sir C.R. Reddy. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Union minister Venkaiah Naidu would grace the event as chief guests. A documentary on the history of the university is also on its way,” Prof. Nageswara Rao added.
|Mega job mela at Andhra University from Dec. 16
|Andhra Pradesh,Dec 6
Department of Higher Education, Andhra University and Millenium Software Solutions are jointly conducting a two-day mega job fair on the university campus from Dec. 16. According to AU Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao, about 30 companies have already given their consent to participate in the job fair.
The job fair is open to students from all disciplines such as BBM, MBA, engineering streams, pharmacy, B.Sc and B. Com.
|Nine AU student-artists selected for Kochi Biennale
|Andhra Pradesh,Nov 24
Even as noted artists from across the world gear up for the Kochi–Muziris Biennale (KMB), one of the most significant art events in the country, an elated team of young artists from Andhra Pradesh are busy with the preparations to take part in the second edition of the Students’ Biennale, an initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation.
Nine students from AU Department of Fine Arts have been selected to present their works at the Students’ Biennale this year. The 2016 Students’ Biennale will open on December 13 and is curated by 15 handpicked young curators, who will work along with an advisory committee of leading artists, curators and art educators.
“This is unique arts event that brings students’ works from across the country together under one roof. These students will come to Kochi for the Biennale and create site-specific interventions with their material residue from the workshop held in Vizag earlier to initiate dialogue in different space and history,” curator Noman Ammouri told The Hindu . Earlier, he had conducted a first-of-its-kind site-specific workshop in collaboration with Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan in the city and selected the students based on their creative skills.
The students, who have been selected for the Students’ Biennale, are Rajasekhar Tippana, Prathyusha Naralasetti, M. Rambabu, M. Vasavai, B. Maruthi Manohar, Peddinti Sri Kavya, Krupavaram Konda, K. Srinivasa Rao and Rama Devi.
In the second edition of Students’ Biennale, around 50 institutions are participating during which student - artists selected by the curators from colleges across the country will showcase their talents before some of the most eminent artists of the world.
“The Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016 is a survey of the diversity of styles and pedagogic traditions current in India’s art education system,” said Noman.
Rajasekar Tippana (MFA final year) and Pratyusha Rao (BFA final year) from the Andhra University Department of Fine Arts, will be recreating the artistic reflection of one of the oldest and biggest markets of the region - Poorna Market - with its socio-cultural dynamics at the Students’ Biennale.
“This is a great learning ground and we are excited to be a part of the biggest art event of the country,” they added. The team of M. Vasavai and M. Rambabu depicted their artistic impression of the fishing colony, Jalaripeta, through a site-specific installation with the scrap items they found during their site visit. “We will be taking these materials for the Students’ Biennale,” they added.
The Students’ Biennale project is designed and executed in collaboration with FICA and FIAE.
|AU SDE extends last date for spot admission
|Andhra Pradesh,Nov 11
Andhra University School of Distance Education has extended the last date for spot admission into its various courses up to November 14, without fine. Other details can be had from the office of AUSDE here in person or over mobile/telephone between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by visiting its website
|Andhra University SDE extends last date
|Andhra Pradesh,Oct 20
Spot admission into various courses offered by the Andhra University School of Distance Education has been extended up to November 9 without fine, according to a press release from AU SDE on Wednesday.
Details regarding admissions can be obtained from the AUSDE office here between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
|AU distance school last date for applications
|Andhra Pradesh,Oct 18
Andhra University School of Distance Education has extended the last date for receipt of applications for its B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. examinations from Monday to October 21, without fine. Applications will also be received till October 31 with a fine of Rs. 300 at the AUSDE here, its Director L.S. Sudhakara Babu informed on Monday.
|Cyber security centre at AUCE
|Andhra Pradesh,Oct 12
The Cyber Security & Analytics Centre established at the Andhra University College of Engineering was inaugurated on Monday by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
The centre, funded by the Department of Information Technology, Union government will train police and civilians on various aspects of cyber security. Top scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation including its Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar were present.
Speaking at a meeting, Mr. Naidu said now there were lot of job opportunities in cyber security, data analytics and cloud computing and hoped that AU would take the lead in undertaking advanced research in combating the threat of cyber crime and security related issues.
|AU to launch FINTECH course
|Andhra Pradesh,Sep 23
Andhra University has been selected to launch the FINTECH course from the next academic year.
This was finalised at a recent high-level meeting involving the Vice-Chancellor of AU, officials from the AP State Higher Education Department and CEO of MNCs such as HSBC, JP Morgan, Wealth Objects, Fidelity, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and UBS Business Solutions. The meeting was chaired by Special Chief Secretary and IT Advisor to Chief Minister, J.A. Chowdary.
Vice-Chancellor of AU G. Nageswara Rao said it was decided to start two cutting-edge and industry-specific courses that would cater to the sectors such as banking, insurance and financial markets.
As of now it has been decided to start a two-year MBA programme and a one-year diploma programme, both the programmes will be conducted by the Department of Commerce and Management.
It is a first of its kind initiative in the State directly involving a university, government and the industry.
The course content, syllabus, time table and the modules, will be decided by the industry and even the resource persons will be provided by the industry, said Prof. Nageswara Rao.
The content will be industry-specific and the university will provide its resources and infrastructure.
Though the intake and admission norms are yet to be finalised, the industry captains have assured 100 per cent placement. The modalities will be finalised at a meeting to be held on October 6. According to Prof. Nageswara Rao, the course will be unique, as in the two-year programme, the students will spend one-year in the college and the second year will be internship programme in the industry. In the one-year diploma programme, it will be six months college and six months practical exposure.
“Once a student completes the course, he or she will be absorbed by the industry,” said the V-C.
In the ongoing B.Com programme in the distance mode in AU, HSBC has increased its admission quota from 40 to 100, from this academic year.
Prof. Nageswara Rao said AU has a tie-up with HSBC for providing B. Com programme to about 40 employees of HSBC through the distance mode.
|AU Diploma Admissions to commence from 14th August
|Andhra Pradesh,Aug 13
Admission into various diploma courses of Andhra University will be done at the office of the Directorate of Admissions of AU at Vijayanagar Palace, Peda Waltair, Visakhapatnam from 2 p.m. on August 14.
Director of Admissions O. Aniel Kumar has informed on Friday that the admission will be into diploma courses in soft skills, journalism, photography, dance, French, German, Japanese, western music, and other courses.
Interested candidates have to report at the office of the Directorate of Admissions along with original certificates and a fee of Rs.5,800, which includes applications fee of Rs. 500 and processing fee of Rs. 300.
For other details, HoD of Journalism and Mass Communication of AU P. Bobby Vardhan may be contacted or interested can also visit the websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu. in/doa.
|New girls’ hostel for Andhra University
|Andhra Pradesh,Aug 6
If everything goes as planned, a new girls hostel will come up on the campus of Andhra University, putting all the issues being faced by the women hostelites to rest.
The management of Andhra University has recently decided to construct a 500-bed capacity new hostel for the girl students with a library and 24x7 reading room facilities. With the ever increasing strength of girl students on AU campus, the Andhra University ladies hostel in Maharanipeta has not been able to cope. The officials had to accommodate more number of girl students in a single room for them to avail of the hostel facility.
There were also instances of women students taking the protest route over the congested rooms. To tide over the situation, some students were recently shifted to the nearby Pragati Charitable Trust hostel.
Andhra University wants to take the advantage of funds appropriated under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as well as Universities with Potential for Excellence for constructing the new hostel. The varsity had already been sanctioned about Rs 20 crore of RUSA funds and in total it would receive `100 crore in a phased manner. Speaking to this correspondent, Andhra University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G. Nageswara Rao said that constructing a new girls' hostel tops his priority list.
“The women’s hostel was constructed considering the demographics of few women students in those days. I had already explained the issue to HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and he extended his immediate support. We are in the process of identifying a suitable land for the hostel as it is also linked with security of girl students. We have been planning a 500-bed capacity hostel with advanced infrastructure, including a library and a 24x7 reading room as in the case of the library in the varsity. By this month end, we would shift a total of 200 students to the Pragati Charitable Trust hostel,” he added.
According to Prof. Rao, until the 90s, there were only 300 to 400 women students at AU for every 1,000 male students. But now the number of girl students exceeds the number of male students in several departments, particularly at Science College, including Chemistry, Pharmacy, etc.
Andhra University would earmark about Rs 2 crore for the new ladies hostel.
By end of this month, about 200 girl students would be shifted to Pragati Charitable Trust for temporary accommodation.
Until the 90s, there were only 300 to 400 women students at AU for every 1,000 male students. But now the number of girl students exceeds the number of male students in several departments.
|AU SDE last day for applications is January 17
Hyderabad,Jan 9 The last date for receipt of applications to appear for the common entrance examination to get admission in BA/B Com degree courses being offered by the School of Distance Education (SDE), Andhra University (AU) is January 10 without late fee and with a late fee of Rs 200 up to January 17, Director Prof. L D Sudhakara Babu informed.
Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Prof. Babu said that the entrance test will be conducted in 70 test centres in Andhra Pradesh including Hyderabad, Kurnool and New Delhi on January 25 from 10 am and 12 pm. The cost of the application is Rs 200 that could be obtained either in person from the School of Distance Education campus or from any of the Study Centres or from the website
| Andhra University Vice-Chancellor on research panel
Visakhapatnam,Sep 23 Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Prof. G.S.N. Raju has been appointed as member of a high-level committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development.
The Government of India constituted a committee to boost the research performance of academic institutions in the country. Prof. Raju from Andhra University and Vice-Chancellor of Madras University Prof. R. Thandavan are from south India, who has been inducted into the committee.
Prof. Raju said that while the 12th five year plan provides a broad framework, detailed strategy and framework for excellence in research at individual level, that at the department and institution level has be too created. With that objective, the Government of India constituted this committee, he said.
Prof. Raju said the committee would review the existing arrangement for funding of research, identify gaps and ensure more co-ordinate approach in research funding, develop strategy for selective approach in allocation of research support to academic institutions.
|Vacant posts affect education
Visakhapatnam,May 8 The new academic year is round the corner and the Andhra University officials are still waiting for the government’s nod to fill various teaching and non-teaching posts.
The executive committee, which met in Hyderabad two months ago, also expressed its concern in running the varsity with inadequate staff as it affects the quality of education.
According to reliable sources, 512 teaching and more than 1,000 non-teaching positions in the varsity are vacant. The vacancies have been accumulating for the last few years owing to uperannuating senior faculty members and new posts remaining unfilled.
For two years, there was no regular vice-chancellor for the institution to pursue the matter with the government.
However, varsity officials are hopeful that the government would sanction at least 80 pc of the posts required.
“Varsity officials have been urging the state government frequently to fill the teaching positions in the varsity. Even though it amounts to financial burden, the government has to bear it as the institution requires minimum staff members,” said a senior faculty member who is about to retire shortly.
Some departments in the varsity are being run by 2-3 teaching staff, recruited on contract basis and the teacher-student ratio in the institution is not being maintained properly.
|AU Consistent Colleges to re-open on 18th Jan 2013 Instead of 16th Jan
Vishakapatnam,Jan 10 AU Constituent Colleges will be reopened on 18th January 2013 instead of 16th January 2013.
|Andhra University engineering college gets World Bank boost
Hyderabad,Dec 6 The Andhra University College of Engineering (AUCE) has been sanctioned a grant of Rs 12.5 crore under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) by the World Bank through the national project implementation unit under the ministry of human resource development.
A total of 10 state-based institutions and universities including AUCE have been selected for the grant that is aimed at strengthening their academic PG courses and PhD programmes in addition to improving the faculty background. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was earlier inked between AUCE and the department of technical education, Andhra Pradesh, for the World Bank aid.
"AUCE has now identified around 25 PG courses out of the existing 40 on the university campus that require immediate attention by way of syllabus improvement. Also, there are plans to introduce a few new courses in the college as part of the TEQIP from the academic year 2013-14. The college has so far received Rs 2 crore and the rest of the grant will be released in a phased manner in the next two years," AUCE principal GSN Raju told TOI.
As per the TEQIP rules, each project or programme is required to be designed on the basis of lessons learnt from the earlier experiences or implementation of similar programmes. AUCE has designed some projects to improve existing facilities like library, internet and laboratories of all departments.
"AUCE will come up with new programmes by the beginning of 2013-14 academic year," Raju hoped. Apart from the academic-level, other activities such as conducting national and international level conferences, paper presentations, inviting guest faculties for lectures and promotion of fellowship programmes would also be carried out with the funds as part of the programme.
|AU- II Phase counseling for M.E./M.Tech./M.Pharmacy dates released
Hyderabad,Dec 6 Andhra University had released dates for II phase counselling, It is scheduled on 11th December 2012. for more details University website
|AU PG exams put off
,Nov 5 The examinations of Andhra University PG courses scheduled to commence from Monday have been postponed, according to Registrar Umamaheswara Rao. The examinations to be held on Monday and Tuesday will be held after the end of the scheduled examinations. The engineering examinations would continue as scheduled.
Source: The Hindu
|Last date for AU degree exam fee payment is Nov. 5
Hyderabad,Oct 22 The last date for payment of fee without fine for the degree examinations of Andhra University to be held during March-April 2013 is November 5, according to a press release from AU. Theory examinations commence on March 4. English practical examinations will be conducted from January 21 to February 7 and for other subjects from February 15 to 28.
Regular students of I, II and III years of B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., B.Sc. (Home Science), B.A. (OL), B.C.A., B.E.M., B.B.M., B.H.M. and C.T., UGD P.Ed. and B.P.Ed. and those appearing for the supplementary examinations have to pay the examination fee at the college where they are studying or studied, and submit the examination application through the Principal of the college for getting registered for the examination.
The proforma of examination application form can be downloaded from the website www.andhrauniversity. info/exams/appl.html and an additional fee of Rs. 40 has to be paid for registration along with the stipulated examination fee. Application sent either by post or submitted in person at the university office will not be entertained. Applications submitted after the prescribed last date will not be accepted.
Applications along with examination and registration fee will be accepted with a penal fee of Rs.1,000 till Nov. 14. Applications can be submitted with a penal fee of Rs. 2,000 till 10 days before commencement of exams but it is allowed only for theory examinations.
Source: The Hindu
|panel to screen applicants for vc post on dec. 13
Visakhapatnam,Dec 8 Efforts are being made to pick a suitable person for appointing as vice chancellor of Andhra University, the post being vacant for the last seven months from June 20. The search committee is likely to shortlist around 180 applicants on December 13.
Sources revealed that a senior professor from the Department of Engineer-ing, Andhra University, has good chances to get the post. The search committee includes a UGC nominee, one from state government and the rest from the university itself.
Nearly 140 to 150 applicants are likely to be disqualified in the preliminary stage. The committee will finalise three names, from which the Governor will choose one.
Students, academics and teachers’ associations expressed concern over the slow functioning of the university in taking decisions and clearing key files. No company or university across the globe has come forward to sign MoUs with the university in the last one year. More over, there is no regular registrar too with Ms Samrajyalakshmi currently acting as in-charge Registrar of AU.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
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