About Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), Hyderabad, Telangana
Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) is located in Hyderabad city. BRAOU was previously known as Andhra Pradesh Open University. With a wide network of 206 study centers spread throughout the state of Telangana, the University has for its motto "Education at Your Doorstep". The University, the first of its kind in the Country was brought into being through an act of Andhra Pradesh State Legislature in August,1982.
Dr. BRAOU follows a multi-media teaching-learning approach which broadly comprises self-learning print material, supported by audio, video lessons and regular broadcast of lessons through All India Radio. From November, 1999 the University started Telecast of Video lessons through Doordarshan Regional Channel. On Sundays the University has Interactive Teleconferencing on the Regional Channel of Doordarshan.
In 1983, the University started functioning with a modest learner enrolment of 6,321 and 22 Study Centres. Since then there has been a steady growth in intake and an increase in the number of Study Centres. In 2001 the enrolment is about 1 lakh and the number of Study Centres have increased to 137. The total number of students on rolls in all the programs is about 4,50,000. Now the total study centres increased upto 200.
Open University system is flexible in terms of admission, choice of courses, duration and age requirements, teaching methods and evaluation procedures. Thus it offers an alternative channel to those who missed the opportunities for higher education. The university caters specially to women, working people and those who want to improve their academic qualifications and Professional skills. The university lays special focus on socially disadvantaged and geographically isolated people who never had access to higher education earlier.
Located on a panoramic elevated site of 53.63 acres in Jubilee Hills, the University houses impressive buildings, green lawns and tree-lined roads. In addition to the Administrative, Student Support Services, Academic and AVPRC buildings, the campus has an extensive Plaza, a Conference Hall, an Auditorium and GRADE cum Guesthouse. The KU-Band earth station is also located in the University campus.
The present campus has scope for application of new technologies in distance education and for inter-linking of its local areas through Local Area Network (LAN) and Campus and Study Centres through Wide Area Network (WAN). The State Bank of Hyderabad has a branch of the campus.