A brief description of School of Distance Education, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

Andhra University is a very old and well established university which is considered to be the first university in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The University established a school of distance education in the year 1972. The school is one of the best distance education schools in the country and presently conducting various UG, PG, professional and diploma courses and catering to the needs of the students. The details of the school are mentioned briefly in this article.


Andhra University is the oldest university which was established in 1926 in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. This is an 'A' grade university as per the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation. Eminent personalities like C R Reddy served this University as vice chancellors and brought laurels to the University. Many of the university students are settled in various countries across the globe in very senior and good positions. The University is having the UGC recognition for regular study as well as distance mode study.

School of Distance Education (SDE)

The School of Distance Education of Andhra university was established in the year 1972. The school acquired a very good name and is treated as one of the best schools in the Distance school education.

The study syllabus for these courses is the same as that of regular courses of this university. The regulations are also the same for both regular students as well as the students of distance education school. The degrees awarded are on par with regular study degrees. The school is having a dedicated radio channel which caters the needs of the learners of the School of Distance Education. It will broadcast the lessons for various courses as per the fixed timings.

Courses offered

This school offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Science and Arts faculties. There are some certificate courses and diploma courses also. School is offering 56 Courses in total. The school is offering some Professional courses like MBA, MCA, M.LI.Sc, LLM, B.Tech, B. Ed & M. Ed. through distance learning.


Admission for traditional courses is made through Merit of qualifying exam. There is an entrance exam for MBA, MCA and Professional courses. The entrance examination is conducted by SDE Andhra University. Candidates who have completed 10 years of service after graduation can seek admission directly without any entrance examination into MBA.

www.andhrauniversity.edu.in. is the website of this school. The students who want to get admitted to this school can download the application form, prospectus and other details from this site. A DD for Rs.1500/- is to be drawn from any of the nationalized banks in favour of Dean, International affairs, Andhra University is to be attached to the filled in application. Two sets of all enclosures required are also to the application form and to be sent to the office of the Dean, International Affairs, 1st Floor, Science and Technology Bhavan ( AU Science College Principal's Office Building), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam- 530003, Andhra University, India

Teaching Methodology

The students will be provided study material. It is the main method of instruction supplemented by Week-end classes. Annual Personal Contact programme classes at various centres to facilitate face to face interaction between the teachers and students will also be conducted. Besides Visakhapatnam, the School is organizing classes at the following places.
  • Srikakulam
  • Kakinada
  • Rajahmundry
  • Eluru
  • Bhimavaram
  • Narsapur
  • Guntur
  • Hyderabad
  • Vizianagaram
  • Nellore
  • Ongole

Study Centres

There are 34 study Centres. These study centres will be selling the applications for admissions and information will be given to all required students about the various programmes. They will be conducting examinations, etc. All reading material will be mailed to the students as per the addresses of the students.

Contact Info

The Director. Directorate of Admissions,
Vijayanagar Palace,
Andhra University. Peda Waltair, L.B. Colony (Post).
Visakhapatnam-530 017.
Tel: 0891 - 2573441 / 0891 - 2706928
Email : dirdoa.au@gmail.com
Website: www.andhrauniversity.edu.in/doa


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