Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University Hyderabad

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Established in 1985, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the metropolis of Hyderabad (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), Telangana. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University is a very small (enrollment range: 500-999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.


It was established as “Telugu University” on 2 December 1985 through an Act of Legislation (Act No. 27 of 1985) by the State Legislature of the-then united Andhra Pradesh with headquarters at Hyderabad and campuses at Sri Sailam and Rajahmundry. Dr. N. T. Rama Rao was the founder and first Chancellor of this esteemed university. Later in the year 1989 the Sri Siddhendra Yogi Kala Pitham[1] at Kuchipudi merged with the University. The School of Folk and Tribal Lore was established at Warangal during the year 1994. This University was founded with the broad objectives of serving the cause of the Telugu people, both within the State and outside. For this purpose, the state government has merged the Sahitya, Sangeeta, Nataka, Nritya and Lalita Kala Academies, International Telugu Institute and Telugu Bhasha Samiti into the University. Thus, the University was established to function as a central organization for teaching and research in Language and Literature, History and Culture, Fine Arts and Performing Arts, religion and philosophy of the Telugu speaking people. It strives to inculcate a sense of identity in them as citizens of India and as responsible representatives of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This University was renamed as “Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University” in the year 1998. The University Grants Commission has recognized the University as fit to receive financial grants since 2 May 1990.


There are five campuses of Telugu University in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh:

  • Lalita Kalaatoranam, Hyderabad
  • Nannaya Pranganam, Rajahmundry
  • Palkuriki Somanatha Pranganam, Srisailam
  • Potana Pranganam, Warangal
  • Shri Siddhendra Yogi Pranganam, Kuchipudi


School of Language Development

  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Lexicography

School of Fine Arts

  • Department of Music
  • Department of Dance
  • Department of Folk Arts
  • Department of Theatre Arts
  • Department of Sculpture & Painting
  • Department of Culture & Tourism

School of Social and other Sciences

  • Department Communication & Journalism
  • Department of Jyotisha & Vaastu

School of Comparative Studies

  • Department of Comparative Studies
  • Department of Translations

School of Literature

  • Department of Telugu Literary Studies

School of History, Culture and Archaeology

  • Department of History & Culture of Telugu Speaking People
  • Department of Epigraphy & Written Records
  • Department of Archaeology

School of Folk and Tribal Lore

  • Department of Folk Studies
  • Department of Tribal studies


Telugu University Library is established in the year 1985 in Osmania University campus. It has three Campus libraries at Srisailam, Rajahmundry and Warangal. Library contains various titles on the subjects like Telugu language, literature, Linguistics, Fine arts, Astrology, Journalism, Culture, Folk Arts.

The Central library has equipped with rich collection consisting of about 100,000 books among which 55,000 are Telugu, 43,000 English and 5000 of other Indian languages. It subscribes to about 150 subject journals in Telugu and English. Library is also maintaining about 10,000 back volumes of various journals. The Library has acquired rare and unique collection of Palm leaves, Mackenzie manuscripts, letters of C. P. Brown, microfilms of Telugu dailies Krishna patrika for 40 years (1902–1942), and Andhra patrika for 26 years (1914–1940).

The University has an invaluable collection of books received by Donations/Purchase of personal collection of Social elites/eminent scholars as a collection development policy. The Donors included Mudigonda Subrahmanya Sharma,Seetapati, Mallela Sriramamurthi, Kosaraju Raghavaiah, M. V. Rajgopal, Thumati Donappa, Vasireddy Seeta Devi, V. Raja Rao, Mateti Ramappa, P. N. V. Rao, Puranam Subrahmanya Sharma, K. Venkateswar Rao, Abburi Chaya Devi, K. Venkata Ramaraju, Thenneti Purnachandra Rao, Gayatri Rama Rao and Bommakanti Srinivasacharyulu. Libraries Purchased from Individuals are Nelaturu Venkata Ramanaiah, Mallampalli Somasekhara Sarma, P. S. R. Appa Rao, Rayaprolu Subba Rao, Kothapalli Verabhadra Rao, P. V. Parabramha Sastri and N. S. Sundareswara Rao.


Telugu University Museum has three galleries. The History gallery has 52 oil paintings. The Contemporary Art gallery has 124 canvas paintings by eminent artists. The Portrait gallery displays 220 portraits of Telugu luminaries in various fields and 211 Nataratnas, distinguished stage artists acquired from Dr. Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy.

Official Magazine

Telugu University is Publishing “Telugu Vaani “, a Tri-Monthly Magazine. The Magazine covers news regarding Festivals of Fine Arts, Cultural Programmes, Seminars and other activities of University and its Campuses. It publishes the news of various programmes conducted by Telugu Associations within and outside Andhra Pradesh.


  • Vishishhta Puraskaram: The University Honours one great personality every year from the fields of literature, Art and innovators in any area of knowledge
  • Pratibha Puraskaram: Presented to ten eminent persons in the fields of literature, arts and social service for Research and Criticism, Poetry, Dance, Painting, Music, Theatre Arts, Folk Arts, Avadhanam, Panditulu(Sanskrit) and Novel or Story
  • Endowment Awards:
    • 1. Bejawada Pattabhi Ramireddy Memorial Award for Creative Literature
    • 2. Tikkavarapu Ramireddy Memorial Award for Research
    • 3. Bulusu Bucchi Sarva Raidu Memorial Award for Humorous writing
    • 4. Illindula Seetaramarao Saraswathi Devi Memorial Award for Biographies
    • 5. Nalam Krishna Rao Memorial Award for Best Women Writer
    • 6. Paidi Lakshmayya Memorial Awards for Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Play writer
    • 7. Kaviraju Tripuraneni Ramaswamy Chowdary Memorial Award for Hetuvada Pracaharam
    • 8. Vasireddy Ranganaikamma Memorial Award
    • 9. Amilineni Laxmiramana Memorial Award for Vachana Kavita
    • 10. Yetukuri Venkatanarasaiah Memorial Award for Different Genres
    • 11. Tapi Dharma Rao Memorial Award for Journalism
    • 12. Satavadhani Karyampudi Rajamannar Memorial Award for Avadhanam
    • 13. Smt. Malladi Subbamma Dharmanidhi Puraskaram for Mahilaabhyudayam
    • 14. Ayyanki Venkata Ramanaiah Memorial Award for Grandhalaya Karta
    • 15. Parvataneni Gangadhar Rao Memorial Award for Library Information
    • 16. Burra Venkata Subrahmanyam Memorial Award for Katha and Theatre Arts
    • 17. Sri B. V Dasaradhi Dharmanidhi Award
    • 18. Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna Dharmanidhi Award for Andhranatyam
    • 19. Prof. B. Arunakumari Dharmanidhi Award for Andhranatyam
    • 20. Abburi Ramakrishna Rao Award for Novel
    • 21. Abburi Varada Rajeswara Rao Award for Language, Literature and Criticism
    • 22. Smt.Seetaratnam Dr.M.Radhakrishna Murthy Award for Folk Arts
    • 23. Smt.Badam Saroja Devi Memorial Award for Spiritual Writings
    • 24. Pillalamarri Vedavati-Jagannatha Rao Award forLiterary Criticism
  • Sahitya Puraskaras: Presented yearly to renowned persons in all genres of literature
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