Open University

Andhra Pradesh state government has established an Open University in 1982 to give opportunities to those who can not go to a traditional University for higher education. It was renamed as Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, in honor of a Marathi leader representing the down trodden classes. (Apparently, there are no eminent Telugu leaders from down trodden tribes/castes to name a State University in the entire recorded history of Telugus. So, we had to borrow leaders from our neighbors).  However, the first Vice Chancellor was Prof. Ramreddy (from a forward tribe).  The courses, examinations, and other educational programs are very flexible. There are no restrictions such as age limits. Anybody between 18 to 70 years of age may enroll in the University for any course. Audio and vedio facilities are provided for the students.  There are 107 educational centers throughout the state. It has three educational centers in Jails of Hyderabad, Warangal and Rajamandri. Approximately 80,000 students are on the rolls of the University.  So far 20,000 degrees are awarded.

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