Dr BR Ambedkar Open University

About the College
The University, initially known as Andhra Pradesh Open University, came into being on 26th August 1982 through an Act of Andhra Pradesh State Legislature (APOU Act, 1982), Subsequently, the University was renamed as Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University on 7th December 1991 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh (APOU Act, 1992). The establishment of this University, the first of its kind in India, heralded an era of affirmative action on the part of the Government for providing opportunities of higher education to all sections of society and catering to the changing individual and social needs. Hence the motto of the university is Education for all.

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.
Lacking back at the achievements of the University during the last two decades, it has brought legitimacy to the Open Learning system by maintaining:
Quality of the learning materials
Wide network of delivery systems
Validity of testing and evaluation processes and
Equivalence of contest and form of its programs.

Offering courses in three mediums of instruction – English, Telugu and Urdu

Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), formerly known as Andhra Pradesh Open University, is located in the city of Hyderabad. With a wide network of 200 study centers spread throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh, 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. . The University lays special focus on socially disadvantaged and geographically isolated people who never had access to higher education earlier. Annual graphical representation of BRAOU’s Growth Student Strength ,Study Centers ,Certificates at Successive Convocations .

Business Courses Offered
Eligibility: Any Graduate – Medical /Non Medical, other than oriental languages and fine arts – from a recognized University with 50% marks,relaxable by 5% in respect of SC/ST candidates.
Duration: Two years, spread over 4 semesters of theory & practicals.

Admission Procedure: Aspirants have to appear for an entrance test,Followed by group discussion and personal interview conducted by the University. The Rules of reservation are applicable as per the University
Rules. The candidates from other states are eligible to apply. 20% of theseats are reserved for Sponsored and NRI candidates.
Venue of Test: Apollo College of Physiotherapy, Apollo Health City, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

About the Campus
At present, it has a network of 200 Study Centers which includes 20 Postgraduate Study Centers throughout the State of Andhra Pradesh.  The Study Centers are located in conventional colleges and working on weekends and holidays. The Study Center offers Academic Guidance, Counseling and also admissions to various Programs by following admission procedures. The Study Centers are located in Urban, Rural and Tribal areas. They serve as a ‘link’ between the Student and the University. The Study Centers are equipped with Library, Laboratory, Audio & Video and Recording facilities.

Prof. G. Ram Reddy Marg, Road No. 46
Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500 033. A.P.
Phone Numbers:
EPBX No’s:+91 040 23680000 (25 lines)
Fax  No’s  :  +91 040 23544830

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