Maulana Azad National Urdu University
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|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz|
|Location||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Campus||Urban, 200 acers|
Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Urdu: مولانا آزاد قومی اردو جامعہ, Hindi: मौलाना आज़ाद नेशनल यूनिवर्सिटी) is a Central University located in the city of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana. It was named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, India's first Minister of Education, a freedom fighter in India's struggle for independence, and a scholar of Islam and Urdu literature. The university was established by an Act of the Parliament in January 1998, with an All India jurisdiction. The university has been awarded "A" Grade by National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Objectives of the University
- to promote and develop the Urdu language
- to impart education and training in vocational and technical subjects through the medium of Urdu
- to provide wider access to people desirous of pursuing programmes of higher education and training in Urdu medium through Campus and Distance modes &
- to provide focus on women education.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari will deliver the first Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah Memorial lecture at Maulana Azad Urdu University 
The university campus has many departments.
- Department of Urdu
- Department of English
- Department of Arabic
- Department of Hindi
- Department of Persian
- Department of Business Management
- Department of Mass Communication
- Department of Political Science & Public Administration
- Department of Education & Training
- Department of Translation
- Department of Women Education
- Department of Computer Science & Information Technology
Beside these departments, the university has established the following centres:
- Centre for Professional Development of Urdu Medium Teachers
- Centre for Women Studies
- Instructional Media Centre
- Centre for Urdu Language, Literature & Culture
- Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy
- UGC Academic Staff College
The university has an Urdu learning and research institution, the Centre for Urdu Language, Literature & Culture at its Hyderabad campus.
MANUU has started polytechnic colleges in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Darbhanga. MANUU's I.T.I.'s are working at Hyderabad, Bangalore and Darbhanga. It has established model schools in Hyderabad and Darbhanga.
In addition to the above-mentioned institutions, the university has four Colleges of Teacher Education in Hyderabad, Bhopal, Darbhanga and Srinagar. N.T.S. (Mysore) has recently established its field unit at the MANUU campus in the Gachibowli section of Hyderabad.
Directorate of Distance Education
Directorate for Distance Education (DDE) initiated its distance education programmes from 1998 by offering B.A. in Urdu medium initially. All the courses of DDE were approved by the then Distance Education Council, New Delhi. The DDE has set up nine Regional Centers (Delhi, Patna, Bangalore, Bhopal, Darbhanga, Srinagar, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Ranchi) and five Sub-Regional Centers (Hyderabad, Lucknow, Jammu, Nuh and Amravati) to provide academic and administrative support to the students. The RCs and SRCs take care of student support services; management of Study Centres; and admission process. At present there are 161 Study Centres in the purview of these RCs/SRCs all over the country.
The university has signed MoUs with Doordarshan for imparting lessons to the students through audio visual media. Further, the DDE is endeavouring to achieve its goal of providing online admission facility; simple process of admission to facilitate the students and providing audio visual material to the students along with the self-learning material. The distance education programmes are popular with a large number of students across the country and abroad.
In coordination with the Consulate General of India, MANUU started its Examination Centre at Jeddah (KSA) in 2006. The graduation, post-graduation and diploma certificates awarded by the university are at par with the certificates of other Central Universities. Day-by-day the strength of the students is growing; students enrolled as on date are 1,57,000. Thus, the DDE is striving hard to reach the unreached. According to a recent survey by the renowned weekly Outlook the university’s distance education programmes are ranked at sixth place in the merit list of top 30 national level institutions in the country.
The Directorate of Distance Education is offering 17 programmes through distance mode including three PGs (M.A.in Urdu, History, English & Islamic Studies), four UG (B.A., B.Com., B.Sc. and B.Ed.), two PG diplomas (Museology, Tourism Management), two diplomas (in Journalism & Mass Communication, in Teach English) and four Certificate programmes (Food & Nutrition, Proficiency in Urdu through English, Proficiency in Urdu through Hindi, Functional English for Urdu Speakers).
The university is home to the Maulna Azad Library, which was established in 1998. The library subscribes to 27 periodicals in Urdu, 129 in English, nine in Hindi and 20 popular magazines apart from 13 newspapers in Urdu, English, Telugu and Hindi.
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