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Braou Supplementary Exam Dates 2013
The postgraduate supplementary examinations of Braou will be held in June and July. The first year examinations will be held from 27th June, 2013 onwards, while the second year examinations will begin on 4th July, 2013. MBA examinations for first, second and third year students will begin on 27th June, 2013, 4th July, 2013 and 11th July, 2013, respectively.
For details visit university website www.braou.ac.in.
BRAOU BA, B.Com. & B.Sc. Results declared
The results of the Eligibility Test – 2013 and that of the post – graduate programmes, conducted by the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University ( BRAOU ) have been made available on the varsity website www.braou.ac.in.
An official release said results could be accessed on other websites like
for information of students.
BRAOU Eligibility Test on 7th April, 2013
As many as 41,298 candidates have registered for the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University ( BRAOU ) Eligibility Test to be held on Sunday, 7th April, 2013.
The test will be held from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at 215 examination centres across the State.
Among the registered candidates 44 visually challenged, 48 hearing impaired and 407 physically challenged are writing the test. Large number of SC and ST ( 14,704 ) and BC ( 19,406 ) candidates have registered.
Jail inmates to Appear :
An interesting feature of this year’s test is that jail inmates, 277 of them, from the many Central Prisons in the State will also be appearing. Candidates can either collect their hall tickets in person from their respective study centres or can download them from the University website ‘www.braou.ac.in’.
BRAOU Exam Dates announced 2013
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University ( BRAOU ) on 12th February, 2013 announced dates for the first spell ( annual ) UG examinations ( BA / B.Com / B.Sc ) to be held in April / May 2013. The third year degree examinations will be conducted from 29th April, 2013 to 4th May, 2013 while the first year exams will begin from 6th May, 2013 to 9th May, 2013 and second year exams from 11th May, 2013 to 16th May, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can approach study centre for examination registration forms. The last date for submission of filled – in forms at the study centres is 13th March, 2013. Students can collect hall – tickets from their respective study centres three days before the commencement of exams.
About Dr.B.R Ambedkar Open University ( BRAOU )
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 206 study centers spread throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh, the motto of the university is “Education at Your Doorstep”. The university being the first of its kind in the country was established through an act of Andhra Pradesh state legislature ( APOU Act ) in August, 1982.
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 increased to 1 lakh as well as the numbers of study centers also increased to 137. The total number of students on rolls in all the programs is about 4, 50,000.
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.
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.
The university has carved a niche for itself in the field of open learning by
- Providing access to a large number of heterogeneous learners cutting across the differences in age, gender, location and choice of courses.
- Innovatively designing the undergraduate curriculum as foundation courses, core courses and application-oriented courses
- Creating a wide network of learner support systems.
- Reaching out to the unreached through multiple media including broadcast and telecast modes.
- Enhancing the interactivity of instruction through live phone – in and teleconferencing.
- Offering courses in three mediums of instruction – English, Telugu and Urdu.
- Giving hands on training in laboratory practice for science and technology courses.
Widening access to research, Post Graduate, P.G Diploma, undergraduate, certificate and professional programs through the distance mode.
BRAOU signs pact with Uttarakhand Open University
Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Open University ( BRAOU ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU ) with Uttarakhand Open University for sharing U.G. and P.G. English medium course material.
The MoU was signed and exchanged by BRAOU Registrar C. Venkaiah and Uttarakhand Open University Registrar D.K. Singh on 23rd July, 2012, a press release said.
The BRAOU course material for B.Sc. courses in botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and geology along with the course material for M.Sc. in environmental sciences, botany, chemistry, physics and zoology will be used by Uttarakhand University, the release said.
UG Admissions at Dr. BR. Ambedkar Open University
Ambedkar University, Delhi ( AUD ), which began functioning in August 2008, offers three types of undergraduate ( UG ) programmes in Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematical Sciences – three – year BA ( Honours ) with a major in a single discipline, BA ( Honours ) with a major in Social Sciences and Humanities in three disciplines and a four year BA ( Honours ) with a dual major in two disciplines.
According to Gunjan Sharma, Assistant Professor, School of Educational Studies, Ambedkar University, all the programmes are equally popular among students, but Economics, Sociology and English have received maximum applications this year.
Talking about the programme, Sharma says, “In the initial semesters, students take courses that draw on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematical Sciences encouraging a deeper appreciation of these areas. They also take courses that enhance foundational skills in logical, analytical and quantitative reasoning, language proficiency and communication. Subsequently, the emphasis is on the depth of study where students select intensive courses related to their major disciplines.”
Although the medium of instruction at AUD is English, the university encourages students from different linguistic backgrounds to apply for admission to the undergraduate honours programmes. There are specially designed courses in English, which are organised to help students improve their language proficiency. The English language proficiency course runs parallel with the BA programme.
“The students, who get admission into the UG programmes at AUD, undergo a diagnostic test to decide their level of proficiency. This helps us determine the extent of help that a student requires in English language. If a student falls between level 1 and 2, she / he is required to undergo training in basic English skills for the first two semesters. However, if students pick up the language before the end of the course, they are free to leave the rest of the course. Also, those who still face difficulties even after the completion of the course can continue with classes.”
Though the process of online registrations for undergraduate admissions is over, students need to have cleared +2 with a minimum of 50% marks to be eligible for the BA programmes. Admission will be strictly on the basis of merit. AUD has received more than 1,134 applications this year for 245 seats in all programmes taken together. The fee for the course is 16,000 per semester.
The first batch of students would graduate from AUD in 2013. The same batch may decide to continue in a dual degree mode – an option that is available based on particular criterion. This would be the first batch to avail of this option.
MPhil Programme in Development practice from Academic session 2012 – 13
Ambedkar University, Delhi ( AUD ) along with Pradan, an NGO working towards development in the rural sector, has launched a new MPhil programme in development practice to begin from the academic session of 2012 – 13. The two – year ( four semester ) programme has a total intake of 25 students. The course is intended for those who are interested in community service and grassroots development.
According to Dr Anup Dhar, faculty, school of human studies and in – charge of the development practice programme, the university already has development studies as a full – fledged course, which basically involves research; but there was a need to have a professional course as well, which will go beyond research and actually focus on practice. The programme is a blend of classroom and field study.
“We are setting up a development centre at the university, which will become a training hub for students. As part of the course curriculum, students will study development, psychological processes and group learning from both management and psychological perspectives,” says Dhar.
Further, elaborating on the module of the course, he says, while the first semester is exclusively on theory, students will have a 10 – week village stay and study, twice, during the second and third semesters. This is when they will study and work along with the village people on their problems. The fourth semester is the action – research phase, exclusively in the villages, as students will be initiating change projects, thereby, creating self – help groups and other such strategies.
“The project in the last semester is meant for students to usher in a small change in the village and people’s life there. They will be required to initiate a feasible action – research project and document the entire process to bring about some degree of change. This project will serve as their dissertation for the programme,” informs Dhar.
To facilitate students during their stay in the villages and project work, a fellowship of 15,000 will be given to them throughout the programme. Eligible students require a Masters with 55% aggregate marks in the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences or professional degrees like law, engineering, agriculture and medicine.
BRAOU B.A., B.Com. and B.Sc. Admissions 2012
Direct admission forms for admission into B.A, B.Com. and B.Sc. courses at the Dr. B.R Ambedkar Open University will be available from 6th June, 2012. The forms can be obtained on payment of 150 by way of online payment of SBI bank challan or a DD from any nationalised bank drawn in favour of ‘The registrar, BRAOU, payable at Hyderabad’.
Forms can also be had by post from the Director, Student Services, BRAOU, Jubilee Hills, by sending a DD for 180. Last date for issue and submission of filled – in forms is 20th July, 2012.
New Full – Time MBA Programme launched
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on November 2, 2011 inaugurated a two – year full – time MBA programme at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University. The course, launched at a function organised at India Habitat Centre, is linked with the CAT examination and the session for the first batch will start on 20th July, 2012.
The new programme has been launched by the School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship under the Ambedkar University, which has been promoted by Delhi Government as University for Social Sciences and Humanities.
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Vice – Chancellor Dr. Shyam Menon and Director Professor Mamkootam were present at the inauguration, where Ms. Dikshit also released a copy of the prospectus of the new programme and monograph related to the first Dr. Ambedkar memorial lecture.
This is the 11th course to be started by the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University which is now into its third year. To begin with, 42 seats would be offered in the course.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University has been engaged in promoting tertiary education by making it accessible to the larger and less privileged population.
It has already opened 10 schools for development studies, human – ecology, law governance and citizenship, educational studies, design, community knowledge, liberal studies, culture and creative expressions and early childhood education and development.
Speaking at the launch of the new course, Ms. Dikshit stated that to respond to the huge gap between supply and demand for quality education in management, the school would be offering this programme.
However, she noted that the MBA programme would also incorporate elements of public policy and lay greater focus on social entrepreneurship which is fast emerging as an important area of study and employment generation.
The new programme, she said, will focus on business and profit within the larger society and sensitise students to culture, values, ethics and corporate social responsibility. It will identify and extract the creative and innovative talents of the participants towards creation of enterprises, especially, in the social sector.
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