The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act 2014, for the bifurcation of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh, into the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, has received the assent of the President of India on 1st March, 2014 and the same has been enacted from 2nd June, 2014. As per the Schedule 13 to the Act, the Government of India is required to establish Institutions of National Importance in the 12th and 13th Plan periods in the residual State of Andhra Pradesh, one of them being a Central University.
There are 46 Central Universities across India as on 15th Jan 2016 according to UGC. The Central University of Andhra Pradesh is the 47th Central University. All new Central Universities are governed by the Central Universities Act, 2009, which regulates their purpose, powers governance etc.
Central university comes under the purview of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Central Universities are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which draws its power from the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
Central University of Andhra Pradesh is to be established in the district of Anantapuramu. It is the largest district in terms of area in Andhra Pradesh and 7th largest district in India respectively. Anantapuramu is the southern-most district of the Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh. Anantapuramu is also an important education Centre with educational schools, colleges and universities namely Sri Krishnadevaraya University, JNTU Anantapuramu, Sri Sathya Sai University, Government Medical College, Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute of Technology etc.. are reputed colleges in Anantapuramu district.
Establishment of Central University in the newly formed State of Andhra Pradesh, would be aimed to create opportunities for eligible youth of the region. The curriculum of the university will have demand driven multidisciplinary courses, integrating teaching and research, as well as offering short term and long term vocational courses, in partnership and collaboration with the above mentioned industries and sectors.
The Central University will also have focus on Study in India Program, attracting foreign students with the possibility of credit transfer.