Andhra University

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Andhra University
ఆంధ్ర విశ్వవిద్యాలయం
Motto Thejasvina-Vadhitamastu
Motto in English
May the Divine Light Illuminate Our Studies
Established 1926
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Prof. G.S.N. Raju
Location Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
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
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC

Andhra University or Andhra Viswa Kala Parishad (Telugu: ఆంధ్ర యూనివర్శిటి / ఆంధ్ర విశ్వకళాపరిషత్), located in Visakhapatnam, north east coastal Andhra Pradesh, is one of the older premier universities in India with a broad focus. Presently it is among the top universities in India for Engineering, Science and Economics. It was established in 1926[1] and shared affiliating responsibilities with Madras University in the initial years.It is highly rated by NAAC with A rating with a score of 3.65 out of 4. The University designed and implemented Quality Management System successfully and became the first general University in the country to get ISO 9001: 2000 Certification in 2006.


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 Telugu speaking people are emotionally attached to the University as it was the result of a prolonged struggle of Telugu elite. Andhra University is not just one of the oldest educational institutions in the country but also the first to be conceived as a residential multi-disciplinary University. The 88 year old institution is fortunate to have Sir C.R. Reddy as its founder Vice chancellor and Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as the second Vice-Chancellor. The foundations laid by these two visionaries proved to be fruitful in the succeeding decades. The leaders of the university always believed that excellence in higher education is the best investment for the country and engaged the services of famous educationists such as Dr. T.R. Seshadri, Dr. S. Bhagavantham, Professor Hiren Mukherjee, Professor Humayan Kabir and Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao, to mention a few who set high standards for teaching and research. Nobel Lariat C V Raman was the proud alumnus of the University and closely associated in laying research foundations in Physics. Padmavibhushan Prof. C R Rao, the renowned statistician of the world, was also the proud alumnus of the University.


The University is spread in a sprawling campus of 422 acres dotted with 121 buildings of Academic, Administrative and support services with a plinth area of about 20 lakhs sq.ft., and 324 staff quarters. Presently the University catering the Educational needs of five green districts of Andhra Pradesh namely Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Vizinagaram and Srikakulam.Located on the uplands of Visakhapatnam, 'The City of Destiny', the natural beauty of the University campus is breathtaking, with the spread of serene blue shade of the 'Bay of Bengal' on one side of it and on the other, beautiful green Kailasagiri hill range.


Entrance of Andhra university
Buildings in Andhra University

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 in the university 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 center in law by University Grants Commission.

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

The university campus has 19 hostels for men and 4 hostels exclusively for women that accommodate more than 4,300 students. Residential accommodation of 340 units of staff quarters is available on the university campus. The university also has three Health Centres, a homeopathy dispensary, three guest houses, a faculty club, an open air theatre and a campus school for the children of university school.

AU Faculties&Departments[edit]

The College of Engineering is one of the highly reputed colleges in India and offers 80 courses in 15 departments. The courses like Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics & Communications, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Remote Sensing, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering have made a mark for themselves.

The College of Law is one of the best in the country offering LL.B. 3 years, LL.B. 5 years, LL.M. and Ph.D. Programmes. Most of the Judges in Andhra Pradesh Courts, a significant representation in the judiciary of High Courts and Supreme Court are the proud alumni of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar College of Law. The Department of Pharmacy is also well known for its teaching and research and many of its alumni are occupying key positions in Industry, Teaching and Research Institutes.

Courses Offered[edit]

Andhra University is a multi-disciplinary University offering varied courses in emerging areas that bear a direct relationship to economic growth and development of the society. Andhra University has distinguished itself by starting many courses which are innovative and first of their kind in India. The University is strong in basic sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geology and Geography. The University is equally competent in 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.

The institution is unique in offering courses like Plant Cytogenetics, Parasitology, Marine Fisheries, Entomology, Hydrology, Human Genetics, Ionosphere Studies, Petroleum Exploration Studies, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nanoscience, Foods and drugs and water.

The University further is a pioneer in designing and offering 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.


Andhra University in its journey over the last nine decades continued to uphold quality standards in all perspectives. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council accredited twice the University at grade ‘A’. The University secured 3.65 CGPA out of four point scale which is the highest among the State Universities in India. The University has been recognized by Department of Science and Technology as one of the fourteen Universities in India in terms of contribution to research in Science, Technology and Engineering based on H-index developed by Scopus. The Engineering college of University got sanction of TEQIP phases – I & II based on its excellent performance. The AU College of Engineering (A) was adjudged best Government Engineering College by different rating organizations.

International Society for space research in Asia Pacific has recognized the university for academic standards and sponsored four M.Tech., programmes. This is the only University in India selected for this programme. Career 360 magazine in its rating to various Universities and Institutions in the country awarded 5 star category to the University based on its contribution to research. Andhra University is one of the ten Universities in India to secure this recognition.The Current Science Journal 2013 has mentioned Andhra University is in 8th position among all Indian Institutions doing research in Social Sciences based on e-publications. Considering all its credits, the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh described this university as ‘Magnificent University’.

Academics & Research[edit]

The University has developed research infrastructure in all departments and research centers with the support of funding agencies and industrial organizations. The faculty members are encouraged to submit project proposals for financial support. As a result of motivation the majority of faculty members got Major Research Projects supported by National and International organizations. Department of Zoology and College of Pharmaceutical Sciences got MHIRT Programme-V funded by ASU, (USA), and another Project ‘Research- Technological Development and demonstration funded by IRSES (European Project). Some researchers got patents for their research output and many others have applied for patents. Based on the research outcome of the University during the last five years the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India awarded second phase PURSE Program.

The DST has identified Andhra University as one of the 14 performing Institutions in terms of research contributions. The H-Index based on Scopus of the University stands at 41. The University got 15 patents so far and awards on an average 350 Ph.D. Degrees every year. The number of books published and research articles published in peer reviewed journals with impact factor is significant in all faculties. The average number of books published in a year during assessment period was 12 and the average number of articles published in a year was 610.

The majority of the faculty members also served as resource persons, sessionals chairmen, keynote speakers and special guests for many of the academic events such as National and International seminars, conferences, workshops and symposia. The University is bringing out six academic journals in the following areas of specializations. 1. Andhra University of Journal of Humanities and Management 2. A.U. Advanced Journal of Sciences 3. Andhra University Journal of Law 4. A.U. Journal of Open and Distance Education 5. Journal of Applied Hydrology 6. Wisdom

Agricultural Biotechnology[edit]

Yoga Village in Andhra university
Academic Staff College at Andhra University

The course was started in 2004 and has been successfully running with good placement record relatively. The course runs under the Department of Botany with well provided teaching faculty. Scope for finding a job with this course is much higher compared to other applied subjects like Biotechnology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. The curriculum includes basic as well as diverse areas related to agriculture and biotechnology as well. These include Biostatistics - taught by M. V. Subba Rao, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics - taught by K. Uma Devi and few other papers include Seed Technology, Plant Breeding, Plant Metabolic Engineering, Genetic Engineering etc. The students are well guided for entrance exams like CSIR and GATE.

Campuses outside the university[edit]

It has established campuses outside Visakhapatnam to meet 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 is formed in 2006 taken the affiliated colleges from East and West Godavari districts.


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 PG Courses more than 20,000 students. The University is supported by about 860 teachers and more than 2500 non-teaching and technical staff.

Kala Prapoorna[edit]

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'.Andhra University awarded its FIRST first class to Yadavalli Krishnanandam (Born January 15, 1930) for passing Bachelor of Science (Zoology Main) with 60.01%.


This is the list of Kalaprapoorna Awardees taken from the 83rd Annual Report of Andhra University of 2008-09.[2]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Welcome to Andhra University". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ 83rd Annual Report of Andhra University of 2008-09.
  3. ^ NAAC – Reaccreditation Report, Andhra University[1]

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