Adikavi Nannaya University, established in March 2006 through the Government of Andhra Pradesh Act No. 28 of 2006 at Rajahmundry, is a unique addition to the existing Universities in India. Named after Adikavi of Telugu literature Nannayabhatta, the eleventh century poet laureate who initiated a freeway authentic translation of the great epic Mahabharata from Sanskrit to Telugu, the University aims to combine the pristine glory and the contemporary demands of educational excellence
Adikavi Nannaya University vision has a dream of achieving excellence in the near future and becoming a forerunner of designing and initiating novel programmes that are relevant to the demands of the Godavari districts.
In its year of inauguration during 2006, the University initiated a potentially job oriented program in Geo-informatics, the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh and one of the few in the country. In the second phase, keeping in view of the Govt.’s policy of encouraging 5 year integrated courses, the University designed and offered a new course in Mathematics and Computing, with the objective of providing trained programmes to I.T Industry.
The University realizes that, besides being institutions of Human Resource Development, the University should be a active research center involved in solving the problems of the industry and occupations around and particularly the Godavari districts. A new University must be able to foresee the thrust areas for future research and tailor its curriculum aimed at generating trained manpower to be involved in such a research.
Any plan of action cannot overlook the fact that the Godavari districts constitute a modern laboratory, wherein millions of tons of sediments and organic matter is regularly transported to the sea paving the way for formation of rich hydrocarbon reservoirs of the future. The Krishna – Godavari basin has proved itself to be a rich source of natural gas. The ONGC has it office in Rajahmundry, and several gas based industries and power plants are being planned in Andhra Pradesh.
Godavari districts are known for their fertile lands yielding profitable outputs of paddy, sugarcane and cotton. However, being in the proximity of the Bay of Bengal, these districts are vulnerable for cyclones and floods. Hence there is a need to develop strategies for proper weather predictions and for mitigating the affects of cyclones and floods. The heavy doses of chemical pesticides are being transported to the sea resulting in marine pollution. Finding biological agents that can replace the pesticides is therefore a necessity. The Godavari districts house the Dandakaranya forests, with huge tracts of mangroves known for several plants of medicinal value. Efforts should then be made for optimal utilization of these natural resources. On the cultural and literary front, these districts are credited with a higher literacy rate and a higher per capita income.
Several of the courses are planned to be run with active cooperation and involvement of the industry and organizations around. For example, to run the course in Petroleum Exploration, the cooperation of the ONGC will be sought, which may even partly finance the course, besides offering field training. Similarly the courses in “Agro-chemistry” and “Chemistry of Foods and Drugs” will be operated with cooperation from Pharmaceutical industry. Field work / Project work will be a compulsory component in each course, and industrial / field training is obligatory for a few months. Several electives in each course will be made available, from which the students can opt a few on choice based credit system. This provides for student’s mobility across disciplines and also helps them to gain trans-disciplinarity of outlook.
When the University becomes full fledged, it should be possible for the University to offer regularly and continuously through out the year – quite a few programs to impart skills to the various sections of the society for alternative livelihood and to improve the skills of the technical personnel of the industry. A separate cell for this purpose called “Community College” will be carved out, and the expertise of the faculty will be utilized. The University, by this activity, not only spreads information and improves the skills, but also earns some money.
Similarly the University plans to create centres like (i) Centre for Communication, (ii) Centre for Comparative Cultures and Philosophy, (iii) Centre for Performing and Visual Arts to encourage communicational skills and to sustain the Indian Culture and Philosophy, and (iv) Content Development and Evaluation Centre to constantly evaluate the curriculum and to evolve curricular innovations in tune with contemporary trends, industrial needs and national level eligibility tests for placements. The University also plans to establish a sports complex and training centre.
The Godavari districts house 235 degree colleges are affiliated to the Nannaya University from the year 2012. With the encouragement of the Govt. to introduce liberally 5 year integrated programmes after 10+2 level in the Universities, and with the focus of the Nannaya University to concentrate on specialized branches of study, the students of the affiliated colleges after 10+2+3 level may find it difficult to be admitted into the University. As a result the bondage between the University and affiliated colleges becomes thin, with the University becoming a mere degree awarding agency. To arrest this, Nannaya University contemplates a plan of action that the bondage not only remains in tact, but becomes even thicker.
In the years to come, the affiliated P.G. Colleges will be encouraged to start P.G. Courses liberally in conventional subjects, to compensate for the denial of admission of their students into the University. Sanctions to these courses will be made continuously in such a way the courses are not duplicated in every college, and the supply is not in excess of the demand. These colleges, for all practical purposes, will be considered the “wards” of the University, and every care will be taken to maintain standards of teaching. A separate cell in the University is contemplated to arrange regular training to P.G. College teachers to update their information and teaching skills. With the establishment of laboratories for practical courses and with internet facilities, it shall not be difficult for the college teachers to undertake minor research projects. Institutions involved in continuous research can provide a better training to students than those blind to research. Accordingly, Nannaya University encourages the colleges supporting research by sanctioning more P.G. courses and increased strength. Project work for the students will be made compulsory. Teachers will be encouraged to orient their teaching in order to improve the analytical skills of students, and special orientation programmes to this effect will be organized. Question papers at the semester end examinations will be redesigned to test the analytical skills.
Keeping in view of the agricultural background of the students in these districts, attempts will be made to introduce adequate components of agriculture, farming, animal husbandry, forestry, aquaculture, sericulture, etc into the curriculum, either as full courses or as a special paper to make the courses more relevant to their occupations. The colleges will further be encouraged to offer part-time diploma courses in nursing, clinical testing, bee-keeping, in order to make the output readily usable in marketing, clinical laboratories, nursing homes, etc. The student will be encouraged to opt for these programmes in addition to their regular degree courses. The principle of the vision is to opt for Gandhian ideology without forsaking pressures of modernization.
Prof E N Dhananjaya Rao
Adikavi Nannaya University
Rajah Rajah Narendra Nagar,
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA
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