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Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh
Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh
Kuppam (District Chittoor)
Andhra Pradesh, IndiaPin Code : 517425
Dravidian University, Kuppam Andhra Pradesh is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University.
Dravidian University, Kuppam Andhra Pradesh is situated in Kuppam of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Dravidian University, Kuppam Andhra Pradesh is +91-8570-278230.
Website of Dravidian University, Kuppam Andhra Pradesh is www.dravidianuniversity.ac.in.
Vice Chancellor : Prof C Ramanaiah, Telephone: +91-8570-278236, Fax : 08570 – 278209.
Registrar : Sri K Ramdas Telephone: +91-8570-278220, Fax : 08570 – 278230.
Contact Details of Dravidian University, Kuppam Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-8570-278220, 2451207, 255890
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IntroductionAmong the world's language families the Dravidian family of languages enjoys a special place of distinction with an ancient origin and a continuation of a greater civilization. The Dravidian family of languages comprises 27 languages spread across the entire India and Beluchistan. All of them have contributed to the oneness of the rich mosaic of Indian culture. The major languages are; Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.
Fulfilling the long felt intellectual call for a national institution to conduct study and research both at home and abroad in these ancient languages and to promote a greater sense of fraternity and spirit of integration among the speakers of the major Dravidian languages in the South the Government of Andhra Pradesh has benevolently come forward to establish Dravidian University through a Legislative Act in October 1997 involving the support of the other Southern States, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. It is located at a trilingual junction at Kuppam, Chittor Dstrict in the South-Western tip of A.P, which is only 4 kms away from Karnataka, 8 kms from Tamil Nadu and of course very close to Kerala border, which is less than 4.5 hrs drive. The principle objective of the establishment of the Dravidian University is to promote integrated studies on the common heritage of the Dravidian speakers facilitating a strong perception of oneness among them.
Every language is a clean mirror holding a complete picture of culture. Languages are living voices of the races sounding their human, personal, social and scientific thoughts.
Dravidian civilization is one of the very oldest civilizations of the entire world. Archaeologists point out that the African continent was one with the South Indian Sub-Continent. It was the Indian Ocean that made a cleft. The synonymous words and phrases still in use stand a testimony to it. Linguists found out resemblances between languages. The current researchers listed out 27 Dravidian languages spread across from Cape Camorin to Afghanistan.
The sole objective of the University is to inculcate the spirit of national integration. Its tools are research, lectures, translation and publications.
The Andhra Pradesh Government gifted a vast land of 1093 acres for the University under the leadership of Sri Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy. Successive Chief Ministers Sri N Chandra Babu Naidu and Sri Y S Rajasekhara Reddy saw to the University growing from strength to strength.
The University which had functioned with only 5 Departments, 3 P.G and 5 U.G. courses upto 2004 has in 2006 obtained U.G.C. 12B recognition for grants with the successful starting of five more Departments in addition to 6 courses under self financing scheme. The budget too looked up from 2.8 crores to 6 crores. The 21st Century Gurukulam was another feather in the cap. An extra 3 crores were spent on new buildings. Separate hostels for men and women students too came up.
Now we have 17 Departments and 6 Centres. The Courses are enhanced to 24. U.G.C generously granted 1.38 crores at the near closing of its 10th Plan.
Prof. G. Lakshminarayana, the former Vice-Chancellor presented his Vision Document to the Executive Council and won its instant approval.
As a first step of the Document, Curriculum Development was achieved by way of 5 year Integrated Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). Dravidian University was the first to adopt CBSC in the entire State.
Additional Soft Skills Enhancement Training (ASSET) has been made a part of CBCS. The skills are: Communication, Computer, Analytical, Personality Development, and Career Perspectives.
Objectives of the UniversityTo promote national integration and the integrated development of the human personalities through its policies and programmes.
To work for an integrated development of Dravidian languages, both written and spoken, including the Tribal languages of the Dravidian family.
To impart instruction and training at very high levels in Dravidian languages, literature and culture related art and crafts and allied subjects with an indigenous thrust.
To advance and disseminate learning and knowledge by diverse of means, including the use of new and advanced communication technologies.
To cooperate with, and seek the cooperation of other Universities and institutions of higher learning, professional bodies and organizations for such purposes as the university considers necessary.
To take up extension activities with special emphasis on rural development so as to make the benefits of the work done by the University reach educational institutions throughout the country.
To impart training to those residing within and beyond India who desire to study Dravidian languages, literature, culture and modern sciences, medicine, engineering, technology and allied subjects.
To translate books of other languages into Dravidian languages according to the needs in consonance with the objectives of the University and also to translate books from the Dravidian languages into other languages.
To develop Dravidian languages as vehicles of modern knowledge and media of instruction.
State bans distance PhDsHyderabad, Jan. 18: The state government has banned universities from offering PhDs in distance education mode with immediate effect and has directed them to offer such degrees only in the regular mode as stipulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The governments move came in the wake of Dravidian University registering 8,029 PhDs in distance education mode in just two years between 2007 and 2009.
Taking serious note of the universitys violation of norms, the minister for higher and technical education, Mr Damodara Rajanarasimha, also constituted a two-member inquiry committee to probe the matter. A review meeting, attended by vice-chancellors of 10 conventional universities, also decided to recommend cancellation of PhD admissions undertaken by the Dravidian University against norms.
We have issue a notice to the vice-chancellor on the issue and have sought an explanation, said the minister. Action will be initiated against the vice-chancellor based on this.
While addressing the meeting, the minister referred to the issue of the Dravidian University and said the government will not allow the universities to convert PhDs as mere revenue earners. Several universities in the state have been offering PhDs in distance or off-campus mode for the last several years.
However, while prominent universities such as Osmania University and Andhra University functioning for the last several decades registered less than 500 PhDs, Dravidian University, which is just 10 years old, overtook them by registering thousands of PhDs in a single academic year.
The government received specific complaints that the university study centres were taking `50,000 to `1,00,000 from students to award PhDs.
We have decided to set up an ethics committee at the state-level to monitor these admissions, said Mr Rajanarasimha.
Dravidian VC office attackedTension prevailed on the premises of the Dravidian University at Kuppam, about 130 km from here on Thursday, when a 200 strong mob, mostly outsiders, barged into the campus and stormed the office of the vice-chancellor, ransacking the furniture, worth about Rs 3 lakh. The mob attack was said to have been engineered by some teaching and non-teaching faculty of the varsity who have a grouse against the vice-chancellor, Prof Kadapa Ramanaiah.
The VC office staff said that the mob had only about 50 students of the varsity. The mob raised slogans against the vice-chancellor, holding him responsible for the irregularities in awarding PhDs and admissions of the new batch of students for research studies. They started lifting chairs, tearing sofas and pelting stones at the glass doors. With the arrival of police, the mob dispersed. Police held discussions with the vice-chancellor till evening.
Though the official was reluctant to lodge a complaint, Prof Ramanaiah relented by evening. Kuppam police who registered a case said that they had identified some persons involved in the attack and they would be arrested at any time.
Dravidian varsity to cancel 5,000 Ph.DsIn a significant development and in violation to the University Grants Commission norms, the Dravidian University based in Kuppam has decided to cancel the admission of 5,000 PhD students and 2,000 MPhil students admitted after July 1, 2009. The decision was taken at the universitys executive council meeting held on Tuesday. The university has also arbitrarily suspended five officials. Two were assistant professors, a director of publications, deputy director of publications and a deputy director.
All PhD and MPhil admissions post July 1, 2009, stand cancelled. We will refund the fees to the students. The decision was approved by the executive council of the university, said Mr Varadarajulu Naidu, in-charge Registrar of the Dravidian University. The Dravidian University came under fire for admitting thousands of PhD and MPhil candidates indiscriminately in part-time, off-campus and distance education categories. They set up study centres operated by private institutions across the state during the tenure of vice-chancellor, Prof. C. Ramanaiahs, who retired in August 2011.
The government received specific complaints against the universitys study centres charging Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for each PhD admission depending on the subject. The government appointed a two-member committee in 2010 to inquire into the irregularities. The enquiry revealed that 95 per cent of the PhD admissions and 67 per cent of the MPhil admissions to the university since 2007 violated stipulated norms. However, the executive committee fixed July 1, 2009 as a cut-off date for cancelling the admissions and so, all admissions after July 1, 2009 stand cancelled.
The inquiry committee submitted a report to the government saying that out of 8,441 PhD admissions, 8008 were illegal. Similarly, out of 2,350 MPhil admissions, 1,580 were against norms. The university has put the cancelling of admissions of an additional 1,685 students on hold as they have moved the courts over the issue. While old universities like OU and Andhra that have been functioning for decades registered less than 500 PhDs, the government was shocked that the decade old DU awarded thousands of PhDs in a single academic year.
Dravidian Varsity syllabus set for revampHYDERABAD: For Prof K Rathnaiah, heading a university has been a life desire. It was fulfilled with his appointment as the vice-chancellor of Dravidian University recently. He shared with Express his priorities and plans for improving the campus. Excerpts:
What are your priorities as vice-chancellor?
Ans: My first and foremost priority is to revamp the syllabus and update it in accordance with changing times and needs. Higher education should help students settle down comfortably in a chosen career.How do you plan to streamline the affairs as the university is without a vice-chancellor for eight months?
I am determined to see that courses are completed on time. I am convening meetings with all the heads of department and deans to ensure that there are no delays of any kind. On the administrative front, quick disposal of files will be my priority. I am asking all department heads to do the same.Do you have sufficient staff? Are there any special requirements?
Ans: We are adequately staffed academically and depending on future requirements, proposals will be made. However, there is need for non-teaching staff and we are asking the government for sanction more regular posts.
How is the financial situation at the university?Ans: Dravidian University is unique as is it not just bound to one state, but is promoted and supported by four southern states. Though Andhra Pradesh, where it is located, bears the maximum burden, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala too support the varsity. We are adequately funded by the UGC and got Rs 15 crore during the 11th Five Year Plan and there are proposals for Rs 120 crore under 12th Plan.
The university was in news for the PhDs fiasco and copying in distance education. Can you shed some light on the issues?
Ans: With regard to PhDs, the students have approached the court. I cannot comment as it will be sub judice. As far as mass copying at distance education centres, every effort is being made to see that such incidents do not recur. Strict instructions have been issued to university officials to act tough. Further, they have been warned of stringent action if found guilty.
What measures are you taking to improve the employability of your students?Our students are getting decent offers, especially in science streams. Companies form Bengaluru and other places are conducting campus interviews. We are working to improve the job prospects of students from other streams too through coaching and imparting soft skills. We are not having a placement officer as of now, but plan to appoint one.
What special initiatives are being planned?We have proposed setting up of separate centres for Dalit studies, studies on disability, lexicography and herbal studies. Like nowhere else, we have a department of herbal sciences and we plan to give impetus to it.
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