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ANDHRA PRADESH Dravidian University
Dravidian University, Kuppam (State University)


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Dravidian University
Established in Year: 1997

Among 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.


An Institution with Distinct Character

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.


The Objectives

  • To 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.


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I. School of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies :--

1. Department of Comparative Dravidian Literature and Philosophy

  • M.A. (Philosophy)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • M.Phil. (Comparative Dravidian Literature/Philosophy) (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Comparative Dravidian Literature/Philosophy) (Regular/Part-Time)


2. Department of Telugu Language and Translation Studies

  • M.A. (2 Years - 4 semesters)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/Part-Time)


3. Department of Tamil Language and Translation Studies

  • M.A. (2 Years - 4 semesters)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/Part-time)


4. Department of Kannada Language and Translation Studies

  • M.A. (2 Years - 4 semesters)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/ Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/ Part-Time)


5. Department of Malayalam Language and Translation Studies


6. Department of Tulu Language and Translation Studies

  • Certificate Course: 6 Months
     

  • Diploma Course: 1 Year
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/ Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/ Part-Time)


7. Department of English and Communications

  • M.A. (2 Years- 4 semesters)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/Part-Time)



II. School of Human and Social Sciences :--

1. Department of History, Archaeology and Culture

  • M.A. (2 Years - 4 semesters)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/ Part-Time)
     

  • M.A. (Dravidian Culture)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/ Part-time) (Dravidian Culture)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/ Part-time) (Dravidian Culture)


2. Department of Folklore and Tribal Studies

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/ Part-Time)
     

  • P.G. Diploma in Folklore


3. Department of Dravidian and Computational Linguistics

  • M.A. (2 Years- 4 semesters)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/Part-Time)



III. School of Education and HRD :--

1. Department of Education & Human Resource Development

  • B.Ed. (1 Year - through Ed.CET)
     

  • M.Ed. (1 Year-through entrance exam conducted by the university)
     

  • Telugu Pandit Training Course (1 Year through LPCET)
     

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/Part-Time)


2. Department of Language Teaching Technology


3. Department of Physical Education

  • M.Phil. (Regular/Part-Time)
     

  • Ph.D. (Regular/ Part time)



IV. School of Herbal Studies and Naturo Sciences :--

1. Department of Biotechnology - (Self -financing)

  • B.Sc. (Botany, Bio-technology and Chemistry)


2. Department of Molecular Biology - (Self -financing)

  • M.Sc. (Molecular Biology)


3. Department of Herbal Sciences - (Self - financing)

  • M.Sc. (Herbal Sciences)


4. Department of Environmental Science

  • M.Sc. (Environmental Science)


5. Department of Chemistry – (Self-financing)

  • M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry) (Self-Financing)



V. School of Science and Technology :--

1. Department of Computer Science

  • M.C.A. 6 Semesters (through ICET)


2. Department of Library and Information Science

  • M.L.I.Sc. (Library & Information Science): 2 years integrated programme



VI. School of Commerce and Management :--

1. Department of Commerce

  • M.Com. (5-Years Integrated)


2. Department of Business Management

  • B.B.M. (3 year Non-Semester)


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Dravidian University, Kuppam
KUPPAM - 517 425,

INDIA TEL: +91-8570-278220,
FAX: +91-8570-278230

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