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About the University
Recognised by Distance Education Council(DEC) New Delhi and University with Potential Excellence (UPE) And Re Accredited by NAAC With A Grade
Origin and Tradition of the University

The Osmania University, established in 1918, is the seventh oldest in the country, third oldest in South India and the first to be established in the princely State of Hyderabad.  Though the need for a university for the Hyderabad State was felt, both by the intelligentsia and the people for a long time, the initiative came from a civil servant, Sir Akbar Hydari, who was then the Home Secretary to the State Government.  Sir Akbar, in a Memorandum to the Education Minister in early 1917, emphasized the need to establish a University for Hyderabad with ‘Urdu’ as the medium of instruction “as it is the language of the widest currency in India, official language of the State, and it is a language which is understood by a vast majority of the population of the State.”  He believed that higher education must have its foundations deep in the national consciousness.

The propitious moment, however, came a few months later on 26th April 1917 when a Firman was issued by the Nizam of Hyderabad  for the establishment of the University.  The Firman also detailed the ‘Mission’ and ‘Objectives’ of the University to be that:

 

the ancient and modern, the oriental and occidental arts and sciences are synthesized in such a manner that the defects of the present system of education are rectified.

 

the ancient as well as modern methods of physical, intellectual and spiritual education are to be fully utilised along with an effort for the propagation of knowledge, the moral improvement of the students is regulated on the one hand, and research work of a high order in all branches of knowledge is conducted on the other.

Though the medium of instruction of the University was ‘Urdu’ an Aryan language that has direct kinship with other languages of the country, the instruction of English, as a language, was made compulsory for each student.

One of the basic ideals of Osmania University is to achieve an intellectual synthesis of oriental and occidental learning of the best that has been thought of and said, both in the East and in the West.  Further, it aims at a cultural synthesis (as reflected in its architectural variety), the development of a national ethos, and the creation of an academic and social environment in which ‘National Integration’ is not a nebulous idea but a tangible reality.

Vision of the University

To be the premier institution that offers teaching and learning programmes of the best quality, graduate students who excel and become leaders in the chosen profession contributing to the community, the nation and the world, and prepares individuals of the highest moral fiber.

Mission of the University
  To achieve excellence in teaching and research.
  To preserve and generate knowledge.
  To cultivate resolute moral values.
  To develop and enhance human resources
 

To improve the quality of life and contribute towards sustainable development of the region and the nation, in harmony with our culture heritage and environment.

Beliefs of the University

An educated person is one who contributes to society.

  Intellectually
 

through analytical abilities and insightfulness of knowledge.

  Economically 
 

through productive application of skills.

  Socially
 

through an understanding and appreciation of the world, individuals, groups, beliefs and traditions.

  Ethically
 

through sensitivity and faithfulness to spiritual values.

  Politically
 

through the use of reason in the affairs of the State and Country.

  Creatively
  through inquisitive procedures, innovation and research.
About The PGRR Centre for Distance Education

Ever since the Osmania University established the Centre for Distance Education, the Centre has witnessed phenomenal growth and emerged as a pioneering institution in the field of Distance Education, with potential for excellence.

Encouraged by the response and success of UG, PG programmes and responding to local and global demands by taking advantage of innovations in Information Technologies the Center has introduced CD and Web based Modular Certificate Courses.  During 2001-2002 the courses introduced were: Master of Information Systems & E-Commerce (MISEC), Advanced Diploma in Bio-Informatics, PG Diploma in Insurance and Risk Management, Modular Certificate Courses in Information Systems, Computers and Soft and Professional skills.

The functions of the Centre for Distance Education include

  To provide a system of learner centered self-paced studies
  To provide flexible, diversified and need based courses
  To provide access to all, in order to realize  Higher Education For All (HEFA)
 

To facilitate knowledge acquisition through out one’s life and be an active member in a knowledge society.

 
 
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