About the University
The Establishment of Kakatiya University on August 19, 1976 signified the fulfillment of a long cherished aspiration of the people of Telangana. Emergence of this University was in fact a historic event in the sense that it heralded a new era in the realm of higher education catering to the needs of North Telangana.
The University began with only four Departments, viz. Telugu, English, Chemistry and Mathematics in 1968, Departments of Physics, Botany, Zoology, Commerce and Public Administration were added later. The Department of Economics was started in 1974. B. Pharmacy course which was started by OU in 1974 was shifted to KU in 1975
The Post-Graduate Centre was accorded autonomy in administrative and academic affairs by OU on April 30, 1976. Eventually, it was upgraded into Kakatiya University on August 19,1976. The University is 28 years old now and it is all set for academic excellence. The University also celebrated in a grand way its Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 2001.
To begin with, jurisdictional area of the University was confined to the municipal limits of Warangal only. With the expansion of jurisdictional area of the University in 1988, it has now in its fold 321 colleges (171 old govt. aided, private unaided degree colleges, 66 new colleges in 2005, 48 B.Ed. colleges, 14 pharmacy colleges, 3 law colleges, 3 engineering colleges, including Kothagudem Engineering College, 11 university PG colleges, 29 colleges offering MBA, and 32 colleges offering MCA), located in the Northern Telangana districts of Karimnapr, Khammam, Adilabad and Warangal offering a number of programmes at the Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate and Research levels in Professional as well as Non-Professional courses.
The University has a network of eleven constituent colleges with 24 Departments. During 2004-2005, the total enrollment of students for under-graduate programmes was around 90,000, while it was 6,500 for the post-graduate courses. About 175 research scholars are registered for Ph.D. programmes in different faculties.
At present the University has its Post-graduate Colleges at Nirmal, Karimnagar, Godavarikhani, Subedari (Hanamkonda), Khammam and Kothagudem in addtion to the main campus. Kothagudem School of Mines has been elevated to the status of University Engineering College, Kothagudem.
After the formation of the University, M. Phil. and Ph.D Programmes were started. Facilities for research have been expanded by strengthening the Library and Laboratory facilities. A Central Instrumentation Centre has also been established to pool up the common facilities required by all the Science Departments.
The Kakatiya University is now offering programmes in Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, M.C.A., M.B.A. Education. Science. Arts, Commerce. Oriental Courses in University, constituent and affiliated Colleges in addition to a large number of around 60 programmes under distance mode through SDLCE. First time in AP, PG courses in Science for inservice teachers and government employees, M.L.I.Sc and MCJ, Diploma in Mimicry, Certificate Course in Communication Skills in English, M.Sc. (Environmental Science) and M.Sc.(Psychology) have been introduced recently.
The University was given a grant of Rs. 335.38 lakhs during the IX Plan period and the same has been allocated to various departments towards purchase of books, journals, equipment and construction of various academic buildings. The University Grants Commission is very much impressed with the performance and services of Kakatiya University and allocated an amount of Rs. 3.85 crores to the University during the X Plan period.
The Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, has identified the Departments of Botany, Chemistry and Pharmacy of Kakatiya University under FIST and sanctioned an amount of Rs. 93.00 lakhs to implement the scheme for a period of five years. The UGC, New Delhi, identified the Departments of Botany, Pharmacy and Economics at the DRS level under Special Assistance Programme (SAP) and sanctioned an amount of Rs. 80.00 lakhs to implement the schemes
Apart from the above, the Centre for Women’s Studies and the Yoga Centre are running in the University with the financial assistance provided by the UGC.
The Commission has recently sanctioned three new schemes to the University for the benefit of SC/ST students for a period of three years: (1) Dr. Ambedkar Studies Centre (2) Coaching for Entry in Services for SC/ST students (3) Coaching of SC/ST students to prepare for National Eligibility Test (NET)
A Special Development Grant ofRs. 70.00 lakhs was also sanctioned to the University under the Scheme of Special Development Grant for Universities in Backward Areas.
The Taskforce of HRD of DBT has recently approved our proposals of Rs 83 lacs for M.Sc. (Bio-technology). The University will be getting a matching grant of Rs 25 lacs to the Funds mobilized from different sources.
The research programmes are being implemented as per the time frame. An amount of Rs. 243.00 lakhs has been received from other funding/supporting agencies like UGC,CSIR, DST, DBT, AICTE, DRDO, MHRD, Planning Commission, ICSSR and ICHR for various research programmes of the faculty and scholars. About 65 research scholars/students are pursuing their research/PG course with the financial assistance received from UGC, CSIR, ICHR, AICTE, DST. Apart from these there are about 28 Projects Fellows/Associates working under the Major Research Schemes sanctioned by different funding agencies to the teachers of University departments. The amount sanctioned by the UGC for research activities and internet connectivity through and INFONET programmes is Rs.10.00 lakhs. We are planning for Campus Networking connecting all the departments and administrative offices with a total outlay of Rs. 20.00 lakhs sanctioned by UGC.
Spectrum of Activities
The University is sincerely attempting to emerge as one of the premier academic institutions in the country. The observations of the Rationalization Committee that visited our University under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ananda Krishnan, recently have been very positive and they assured us a very fair deal for Kakatiya University.
On academic front, the impression of all academicians and intellectuals who visited our University on different assignments has been excellent and the number and quality of the seminars, symposia, workshops and refresher courses conducted by all the departments vouchsafe the same. We will further strengthen our academic programs, teaching learning process, attendance in the class rooms, facilities in the laboratories in future.
The Kakatiya University does not mean that the campus colleges and the colleges in Warangal, but all of its colleges in four districts of its jurisdiction. We shall focus our attention for the all-round development of all the colleges and the students of theses colleges are provided with the same amenities and academic environment.
The academic soundness of an educational institution is reflected in a well-equipped library. We have been over the years strengthening the library by purchasing textbooks, reference books and subscribing national and international journals in all disciplines. In 2004, we made e-journals available to our students, scholars and teachers. Further, we have initiated action to develop campus networking. There are plans to extend the facility to all colleges in Warangal and we have already provided dial-up network facility to all colleges outside Warangal. The University Library caters to the needs of 350 teachers, 650 research scholars and 1803 students with a collection of over 1.18 lakh books, 255 Indian and foreign journals, 25400 back volumes and 2000 theses/dissertations. The library works for 12 hours from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Apart from this, the readers from Khammam, Karimnagar, Warangal and Adilabad Districts also use KU Library as a reference library.
The Directorate of Students Welfare Centre (SWC) has undertaken student welfare activities aimed at developing overall personality of students. SWC could train some of our students to bag state and national awards. The Directorate brings out a newsletter entitled 'MAS'.
The Placement Cell is helping students in procuring several jobs in leading companies and organisations. It has organized industrial visits and campus interviews inviting well-known institutions of Insurance, IT, Banking, Communications, Women Service Societies, NGOs, Pharmaceutical Industry, Public sectors in Mining and Engineering, etc. ATM facility is provided by State Bank of Hyderabad, KU Branch for the benefit of all.
The Music Club, Science Club, Forum for Social Studies, Industry-Institution Interaction Cell,. Tribal Museum, Yoga Centre, etc., have paved way for the all-round development of the students. Very strong alumni associations have also been established for two constituent colleges with foreign branches.
The University has won All India Inter-University Gymnastic Championship continuously for three years, i.e., 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 achieving hat-trick. It is a historic achievement, not only for Kakatiya University but also, for all South Indian Universities, as till to date only Kakatiya University has won Team Championship for three consecutive years in entire South India since introduction of this event in All India Inter-University competitions. Our students have fared very well and bagged 11 gold medals, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals.
The NSS Cell, Kakatiya University has been rendering commendable job and also bringing awareness among the rural folk on Literacy, AIDS, Superstitions and Child Labour. The NSS, Kakatiya University spread its tentacles of social service in its jurisdiction. More than 33,000 students pursuing their studies in various educational institutions have enrolled themselves as volunteers in NSS. The awareness programmes organized by the NSS Volunteers has brought awareness about the Environment, Sanitation, Afforestation, General and Community health among the Rural folk of Northern Telangana districts.
The Kakatiya University is located in the historical town of Warangal was the erstwhile seat of the Kakatiya rulers and is an important town in north Telengana Region. The University has completed 29 years of its existence and is now marching towards academic excellence under the dynamic leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. V Gopal Reddy.
The University also promotes individual and collective research by the faculty and the scholars. The students of the University have the distinction of becoming active part of the HR of the corporate world. The University is committed to meet the augmented demand in the expansion of specialized courses form time to time, and is striving hard to provide appreciable scholastic activities to the increased number of students.
Since its establishment in 1976 several steps were taken for the overall development of the infrastructure facilities in order to cater to the requirements of faculty, staff, students and research scholars. The vast area of 650 acres of land is being used effectively and efficiently for the developmental activities from the available sources and funds from the UGC, State Government and other sources. The various departments on the campus are well accommodated in different buildings of their own with lawns. They have well-ventilated classrooms with audio-video facilities, seminar halls, computer labs, and faculty rooms. The laboratories in the science departments are equipped with the state of the art equipment to facilitate advanced research.
The faculties of all the departments, with 248 teaching staff and 622 non-teaching staff, are committed to excellence in respective subjects. They have excelled in imparting quality education and also represented their respective departments in many National and International Seminars and brought laurels to the University for their excellent research.
In spite of its vast development academically, it has been the long cherished dream of the University to have a centralized AUDITORIUM of its own on the campus that could accommodate about 1200 persons.
‘Inter-University National Youth Festival’ sponsored by Association of Indian Universities was hosted successfully by the University in February 2003.
The departments of the University and other offices like, Placement Cell, Kakatiya Adhyayana Kendram, Students Welfare Center, Women’s Study Center and Minority Center are actively organizing regular Seminars, Symposia, Interactions and other Programs that are of Local, State and National level and a need for a centralized auditorium is strongly felt.
A well-planned auditorium has been designed and developed by the University Engineers. The estimations of the same are standing at Rs. 2.91 crores. As the university has a limited budget of its own that can hardly cater to the academic needs, we are approaching state and central governments through MLA and MPs for the construction of a full-pledged Auditorium on the University Campus