Andhra Pradesh Open University, also known as Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, is a public university in the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. It was established in August, 1982 by Act of the State Legislature. The University was inaugurated by the then President of India.The University was renamed as "Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University" on 24October 1991 after the Architect of the Indian Constitution Dr BhimraoRamji Ambedkar on the occasion of his Birth Centenary.The principal aim of the Univ is to provide an opportunity to those who arenot in a position to avail themselves of the facilities for highereducation through regular on-campus study at conventional colleges/universities. It adopts a flexible approach to eligibility, age of entry,choice of courses, method of learning, conduct of exams and operation ofeducational programmes.The Univ makes use of a variety of learning media including Radio, TV,film, audio cassette and the printed study material, besides arrangingcontact and counselling programmes and Sc 'Practicals' which makes for thetraditional teacher-student interaction. The University functions through anetwork of 117 Study Centres located in the twin-cities of Hyderabad andSecunderabad and all the districts of the State. The Study Centres arelocated in selected colleges throughout the State from which they drawtheir counselling staff who are experienced members of their teachingstaff. The students receive guidance and counselling from the Counsellorsat the Study Centres. The BSc students are expected to complete 30practicals in each subject at the StudyCentre. Students Enrollment (1999-2000) 63,046 (Men 43,276, Women 19,770).
Open University system is flexible in terms of admission, choice of courses, duration and age requirements, teaching methods and evaluation procedures. Thus it offers an alternative channel to those who missed the opportunities for higher education. The university caters specially to women, working people and those who want to improve their academic qualifications and Professional skills. The university lays special focus on socially disadvantaged and geographically isolated people who never had access to higher education earlier.
Located on a panoramic, elevated site of 53.63 acres in Jubilee Hills, the University has impressive buildings, green lawns and tree-lined roads that enhance the scenic beauty of the rocks all around. The campus has the Administrative and Support Services Block, the Grade building, Academic Branch and Library building, Study Material House, an extensive Open Plaza, a Conference Hall, and an Auditorium named after Late Sri Bhavanam Venkatram, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh who was instrumental in establishing this University. There are laboratories in the Science Faculty for providing hands on training to Science Students of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Botany, and Zoology. The Science Practicals hereafter will be conducted at the Newly constructed Science and Technology Multi Functional Lab (STML) building at the Campus all under one roof. The Narla Memorial Library is also housed in the Academic Building. A Multimedia Lab, Two Synergy Halls, a well-furnished Faculty Room and a Language Lab have also been set up in the Academic Building. All the buildings on the campus are linked by the LAN facility.
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