Ambedkar University Delhi

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Ambedkar University Delhi
भारत रत्न डॉक्टर बी. आर. अम्बेडकर विश्वविद्यालय
Ambedkar university logo.jpg
The University logo with a Bodhi tree motif
Established 2007
Type Public
Chancellor Najeeb Jung
Vice-Chancellor Shyam B. Menon
Academic staff
199 (as on 31 March 2014)
Students 1438 (as on 31 March 2014)
Undergraduates 546 (as on 31 March 2014)
Postgraduates 795 (as on 31 March 2014)
97 (as on 31 March 2014)
Location Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°39′51″N 77°13′57″E / 28.66417°N 77.23250°E / 28.66417; 77.23250
Campus Urban
16 acres (Kashmere Gate campus)
110 acres (Dheerpur campus - planned)
Nickname AUD
Affiliations University Grants Commission, Association of Indian Universities
Website aud.ac.in
AUD Header.jpg

Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, or in short Ambedkar University. Delhi (AUD) was established by the Government of the NCT of Delhi through an Act of the Delhi Legislature. The University began functioning in August 2008. It is a Unitary non-affiliating University whose main focus is on undergraduate and postgraduate studies and on research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. It is completely funded by the State Government of the NCT of Delhi[1] The University is now declared eligible to receive Central Government Assistance.[2] The university has been graded 'A' by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).[3]

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The AUD logo has a tree as the central motif. A tree is an organic system: it is rooted and stands for firmness, poise, dignity, refuge, wisdom and a yearning to reach out to the sky.

But this tree is not just any tree. The particular tree in the logo is a faithful adaptation of the Bodhi tree depicted on a panel in the iconic Sanchi Stupa complex, which is considered an emblematic architecture of Buddhism and dates back to Emperor Asoka’s time. The Bodhi tree symbolizes enlightenment. The choice of the Bodhi tree as the central element of the AUD logo is in recognition of Dr B.R. Ambedkar. Ambedkar’s own association with Buddhism as a symbol of liberation. In that sense the tree in the AUD logo is both a sign of rootedness and of enlightenment, Superimposed on the Bodhi tree motif is a stylised version of a diamond-shaped configuration of the letters A, U and D which takes advantage of their unusual rotation symmetry. Liberation through enlightenment is the goal and foundational ethic of AUD and the logo embodies it completely.[4]

Philosophy[edit]

It is education which is the right weapon to cut the social slavery and it is education which will enlighten the downtrodden masses to come up and gain social status, economic betterment and political freedom. ------- Dr BR Ambedkar

A commitment to equity, social justice and excellence forms the bedrock of the philosophy and values of Ambedkar University Delhi. As a public institution, AUD sees itself as an instrument of social transformation, focusing on social action at the interface of civil society and the State.

Goals[edit]

The University strives for excellence in higher education in the social sciences and humanities. AUD’s main goal is to create sustainable and effective linkages between access to and success in higher education. It is committed to creating an institutional culture characterised by humanism,non-hierarchical and collegial functioning, teamwork and nurturance of creativity.[5]

Campuses[edit]

AUD presently located at Kashmere Gate, Delhi, and is currently developing its second campus. The Kashmere Gate campus is housed in the erstwhile Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University campus, along with Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology Delhi. The historical campus originally built for Delhi College of Engineering also houses the 300 year old Dara Shikoh library. It is located close to the Delhi Vidhan Sabha, Old Delhi Railway Station, St. James' Church, Delhi and Red Fort. It is accessible by the red and the yellow line of Delhi Metro. It is a five minutes walk from the Kashmere Gate metro station. The Campus has good infrastructure in terms of AV facility in classrooms, well-stocked library, reading rooms, online journals, wi-fi connection and computer labs.

The University is developing its new campus in Dheerpur in North Delhi.[6] The 110 acre campus will include a 60 acre biodiversity park to conserve the wetlands. The future campus is planned to be energy-efficient, ecologically-frugal and disabled-friendly. It will include academic, residential, recreational and social facilities for students and staff.[7]

Schools[edit]

  • School of Undergraduate Studies
  • School of Development Studies
  • School of Human Ecology
  • School of Human Studies
  • School of Culture and Creative Expressions
  • School of Design
  • School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • School of Educational Studies
  • School of Law, Governance and Citizenship
  • School of Liberal Studies

Centres[edit]

  • Centre for Community Knowledge
  • Centre for Leadership and Change
  • Centre for Social Science Research Methods
  • Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Centre for Engaged Spiritualities and Peace Building
  • Centre for Social Applications of Mathematics

References[edit]

  1. ^ university.asp "About AUD". Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Ambedkar University, Delhi" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  3. ^ "NAAC acrreditation Certificate" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  4. ^ "logo, Ambedkar University, Delhi". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  5. ^ "AUD Annual Report 2012-13" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  6. ^ "AUD New Campus". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Ambedkar University, Delhi". Retrieved 2011-02-17.