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Established in 1954, Sri Venkateswara University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the small city of Tirupati (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Andhra Pradesh. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) is a coeducational higher education institution. Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) 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. SVU 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.
Sri Venkateswara University (commonly referred to as S. V. University or SVU) is a state university in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. It was founded in 1954 by chief minister Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu. The university is named after Lord Venkateswara whose shrine is located in the city.
The university campus covers a large area on land donated by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. It is located on the West side of Tirupati, surrounded by the other universities in the city, namely Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha.
The university was ranked #37 research university in 2013, and received an above average rating in 2014. It holds a NAAC rating of “A” with a score of 3.13 out of 4. It was the 31st university to be built in India, and after the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 it is the second oldest university in Andhra Pradesh, after Andhra University.
The university is organized in four colleges:
- College of Arts
- College of Science
- College of Commerce, Management and Computer Science
- College of Engineering
Apart from this there are several centers and directorates, such as the Directorate of Distance Education, the Computer Center, or the Oriental Research Institute.
College of Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry is a part of Sri Venkateswara University, College of Science. The department provide well education in the field of Science. Department offering Master of Science, Master of Philosophy and Ph.D degree programme in Chemistry, Medical Chemistry, Applied Chemistry. A faculty member of the Department was alleged to have been behind a major scientific fraud.
College of Engineering
Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering is an autonomous institution whose foundation was laid by the late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, on 13 October 1959.
Centre for Studies in Peace and Non-violence
The general purpose of the centre is to study peace and non-violence in their widest contexts. The centre has collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darsan Samithi, New Delhi (Government of India); the International Centre for Gandhian Studies and Research, Government of India, New Delhi; Shiksha Mandal, Wardha, National Foundation for Communal Harmony, Government of India, New Delhi; and the University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. It is Tier 1 college.
Department of English
Department of Law
The university has a department of law providing higher education in the field of law.
Department of Physics
The university has a separate Department of Physics. The department offers M.Sc. (two years), Integrated M.Sc. (five* years) in Physics, M.Tech (two years) in Energy Management,M.Tech (two years) in Space technology, M.Phil and Ph.D programs. The faculty members are actively engaged in research in thrust areas of physics which include atmospheric physics, laser and integrated optics, condensed matter physics, electronics and solar physics.
The Department of Physics hosts one of the four national research facilities: a center for research using the MST Radar Facility at Gadanki, commissioned under the UGC
College of Sciences: This includes both Life Sciences and also Physical sciences
Department of Library and Information Science
the Department of Library and Information Science was started in 1974 and has been preparing library and information science professionals for more than 30 years. The department offers Master’s of Library and Information Science (two-year integrated course) under CBCS, with four semesters. Besides this the department also running a Doctoral degree leading to Ph.D. and M.Phil courses as full- and part-time.
The department is ahead in research and training in library and information science, having expertisation in fields of LIS. Admissions are done through an annual SVUCET test. The intake strength is 20, with five addition seats allotted under the self-financing scheme. The students get fellowships, scholarships, etc. Hostel facility is available to all the students. The reservation policy is followed as per the rules of the government of Andhra Pradesh.
Sri Venkateswara University Library, started in 1955 to serve the needs of the students, researchers and teachers of the university colleges, has a membership of 6397. Housed in a spacious building with seating capacity for about 400 readers, the library has 25 professionals and 50 administrative and supporting staff. It has a total collection of 2,95,000 volumes which includes 35,000 bound volumes of journals and nearly 3500 theses and dissertations. It subscribes to 350 periodicals at an annual cost of 12 lakh of rupees, and its annual budget is nearly 56 lakh.
The library provides services such as lending of books, reference and bibliographic service, reprographic service. It has microfilm readers, audio-video systems, slide projector and public address system.
Special features are a fully equipped binding section and a small children’s wing which was opened in the Gandhi centenary year 1969.
The library is gearing up for computerization and is participating in the INFLIBNET program.
The library has the honour of hosting the following national conference and seminars:
- ILA 18th Annual Conference in December 1969.
- INDAAL 2nd Annual conference in January 1980.
- UGC Seminar on use of Microforms and Space Management in Libraries in August 1984.
- IASLIC 16th Annual Conference in December 1987.
- Seminar on Staffing in University Libraries in March 1991.
- Seminar on Library Automation and Networking problems and Prospects in March 1996.
- UGC national seminar on “Digital Libraries and establishment of Institutional Repositories”, 23–24 March 2007