The Particulars of its, Organization, Functions and Duties
The Dravidian University was established by the Government of Andhra Pradesh through a Legislature Act (No: 17 of 1997) at Kuppam, a tri-lingual Junction in the South-western part of Andhra Pradesh with the initial support extended by the Governments of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala for an integrated development of Dravidian languages, literatures thus paving way for cultural and emotional integration of all the regions that carry forward the ancient historical torch of the nation.
The University, which formally came into existence in 1997, began functioning with two departments in 1999, has today grown into a strong institution of 21 Academic Departments and 7 Research Centers.
Located in a sylvan scene, pollution-free and aesthetically appealing at Srinivasavanam, the campus, presents a traditional picture of blending tradition and modernity harmoniously.
The University has launched Open and Distance Education in 2007 with the objective of introducing quality Distance Education programmes. We welcome all the prospective learners to make use of the opportunities made available by the Dravidian University to enrich their knowledge and skill in the chosen field for their individual development and for the development of Nation’s human resources.
Functions and Duties
- To provide for instruction in such branches of knowledge, technology, vocations and professions as the University may determine from time to time and to make provision for research;
- To plan and prescribe courses of study for degrees, diplomas, certificates or for any other purposes;
- To hold examinations and confer degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic distinctions or recognitions on persons who have pursued a course of study or conducted research in the manner laid down by the Statutes and Ordinances;
- To confer honorary degrees or other distinctions in the manner laid down by the Statutes;
- To determine the manner in which distance education in relation to the academic programmes of the Universities may be organized;
- To institute professorships, readerships, lecturer ships and other academic positions necessary for imparting instruction or for preparing educational material or for conducting other academic activities, including guidance, designing and delivery of course and evaluation of the work done by the students, and to appoint persons to such professorships, readerships, lecturer ships and other academic positions;
- To co-operate with, and seek the co-operation of other universities and institutions of higher learning, professional bodies and organizations for such purposes as the University considers necessary;
- To institute and award fellowships, scholarships, prizes and such other awards for recognition of merit as the University may deem fit;
- To establish and maintain such Regional Centers as may be determined by the University from time to time;
- To provide for the preparation of instructional materials, including films, cassettes, tapes,videocassettes and other software;
- To organize and conduct refresher courses, workshops, seminars and other programmes for teachers and other academic staff;
- To recognize examinations of, or periods of study (whether in full or part) at other universities,institutions or other places of higher learning as equivalent to examinations or periods of study in
the University, and to withdraw such recognition at any time;
- To make provision for research and development in educational technology and related matters;
- To create administrative, ministerial and other necessary posts and to make appointments thereto;
- To receive benefactions, donations and gifts and to acquire, hold, maintain and dispose of any property movable or immovable, including trust and Government property, for the purposes of the
- To borrow, with the approval of the Government whether on the security of the property of the University or otherwise, money for the purposes of the University.
- To enter into, carryout, vary or cancel contracts;
- To demand and receive such fees and other charges as may be laid down by the Ordinances;
- To provide, control and maintain discipline among the students and all categories of employees and to lay down the conditions of service of such employees, including their code of conduct;
- To recognize any institution of higher learning or studies for such purposes as the University may determine and to withdraw such recognition:
- To appoint, either on contract or otherwise, visiting Professors, Emeritus Professors, Consultants,
fellows, scholars, artists, course writers and such other persons who may contribute to the
advancement of the objects of the University.
- To recognize persons working in other universities, institutions or organizations as teachers of the
University on such terms and conditions as may be laid down by the ordinances;
- To determine standards and to specify conditions for the admission of students to courses of study
of the University which may include examination, evaluation and any other method of testing.;
- To make arrangements for the promotion of the general health and welfare of the employees;
- To confer autonomous status on a College or a Regional Centre in the manner laid down by the Statutes;
- To admit to its privileges any College in or outside India subject to such conditions as may be laid
down by the Statutes; Provided that no College shall be so admitted except with the prior approval
of the Vice-Chancellor;
- To do all such acts as may be necessary or incidental to the exercise of all or any of the powers of
the University as are necessary and conducive to the promotion of all or any of the objects of the