Named after a renowned philosopher- thinker, poet, sage and yogi, Vemana, Yogi Vemana University, established in the year 2006, by an Act of A.P state legislature is a blessing in disguise for the students and researchers of the backward Rayalseema region in general and Y.S.R district in particular. The erstwhile Sri Venkateswara University Post Graduate Centre was elevated to a University with a humble and noble intention of providing a more conducive environment to impart value-based education and promote quality research and service. The University is committed to nurture and uphold healthy academic standards which contribute to the social, intellectual and moral development.
The University is situated about 15 kms away from the historic Kadapa City on the Kadapa –Pulivendula road amidst serene surroundings and has a sprawling campus of about 652 acres with built-up area 78088.48 sq.mts. With humble beginnings, the University made rapid strides towards overall development and has sufficient infrastructural facilities such as buildings with academic ambience, library, modern science and research laboratories equipped with sophisticated instruments, Super Computer facility, ISRO Geosphere Biosphere Atmospheric Research Facility, Agri-Science Park, spacious hostels, gym, day-care centre, Botanical Garden, RUSA Instrumentation Facility, RUSA SEM Facility, and a vast playground. Besides, a building complex is made available in Gurukulam complex for the purpose of conducting training short term vocational and job oriented courses on a continuous basis. In order to promote technology driven teaching- learning practices the departments have been equipped with digital panel boards. Every department has library with necessary text books and reference books to encourage the students to enrich the understanding of the subjects by additional reading. The University has at present 101 regular staff, 136 Academic Consultants on its rolls besides 307 non-teaching and 125 outsourcing staff. One of the unfailing strengths of the University is its faculty, relatively young with wide overseas exposure in research endeavours and rich experience in teaching. The faculty includes Humboldt, JSPS and Ramanujam Fellows, Young Scientist awardees and recipients of UGC Raman Fellowships (17 No. of C.V. Raman Fellowships, 2 No. of Humboldt fellows and 1 No. of Ramanujan fellowship holder). The faculty has rich research experience in India and abroad besides teaching. Teachers have been encouraged to enrich their pedagogical practices using technology. Presently about 2000+ students are pursuing postgraduate and research programmes. Around 125+ Research scholars have received research fellowships from various agencies. The University has bagged 88+ research projects worth Rs.29.0 crores from various funding agencies such as DST / CSIR / DBT / MNRE / ISRO / UGC / MoES / BRNS / APCOST / MIC, etc. Since its inception the University prioritized research arena and with the support of the Government, funding agencies and enthusiastic faculty, the University has been successful in obtaining the above research projects. Yogi Vemana University received UGC 2(f) and 12(B) statuses in 2007 and 2011, respectively. In a bid to subject the institute to objective evaluation SSR for NAAC was filed in May 2022 and the University accomplished NAAC ‘A’ grade with 3.13 CGPA in November 2022 in the 2nd Cycle. The University enrolled for the NIRF initiative of MHRD, Government of India and was accorded 92nd rank at National level and 3rd rank at the State level (NIRF-2016). Also ranked in 101-150 band during the year NIRF-2021 and 2022. University Grants Commission sanctioned Rs.8.0 crores towards Development Assistance to Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa during XII Plan period. With NAAC accreditation in 2016, RUSA has sanctioned Rs.20.0 crores for the development of infrastructure in the University. The students have proved their worth in National Level examinations such as CSIR/UGC-JRF/ NET and also in APSET (Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test) conducted by the State Government. About 30+ students have received DST-INSPIRE and RGNF fellowships till date. About 650 students have obtained campus selections organized by the Placement Cell. At present as many as 113 affiliated colleges offering undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses are affiliated to the University, which include P.G., U.G., Law, B.Ed., B.P.Ed. and D.P.Ed.
In the recent past, the University initiated steps to launch women’s cell, equal opportunities cell, Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell, Anti-Ragging Cell, Industry Consultancy Cell, Incubation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cell, Minority Cell, a Day Care Center and coaching programmes for SC / ST / OBC / minority students preparing for competitive examinations. The C.P Brown Library, now elevated to the status of languages Research Center of the University, located in Kadapa town, has rare books, ancient documents and monographs and efforts are made to preserve and protect ancient literature. In tune with the contemporary societal, scientific and technological needs the University with 29 departments is offering conventional and inter-disciplinary courses in basic and applied sciences, humanities, social sciences, commerce and management. To promote cross-disciplinary learning with collaborations as the driving force, programmes (30) across Faculty of Humanities, Commerce and Management Studies, and Science and Technology engage with emerging processes and issues that impact life skills in fundamental ways.
The University launched two five year M.Sc integrated courses, namely Earth Sciences and Biotechnology & Bio-Informatics in 2007. University has created conducive ecosystem for research and innovation with defined research promotion policy with financial support resulting 204 + awarded Ph.D since 2010. During the past 5 years, 720 quality research papers of national and international reputation with the increase in h-index of 33 and total h-index of 49 proved its place globally. University received ISO Certification, AP state Biodiversity Award 2021, AP Greenery Award 2017 and YSR Life-time Achievement Award 2022. To give a fillip to engineering education, the University in the year 2008 started YSR Engineering College at Proddutur, a major town in Y.S.R district and an industrial hub. Currently it is offering graduate courses in Engineering disciplines of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Computer Science and Metallurgy & Materials Technology, and about 1026+ students are on the rolls. Student Centric learning is emphasized. ICT-enabled tools and support facilities exist in all departments for the betterment of teaching-learning outcomes.
Interdisciplinary teaching was introduced through cafeteria approach and introduced choice based credit system. Continuously monitoring the quality of teaching potency based on the student feedback evaluation. Review and updating of syllabus content and course structure have been regularly attended. E-class rooms have been setup in all departments and nine well furnished seminar halls with digital equipment are available for the conduct of seminars/ conferences and other academic events. A.P.J Kalam library facility shelves standard collections, reference books, theses , journals and periodicals, newspapers, magazines and useful material for preparation of competitive examinations. The library is fully automated with SOUL 2.0 version Digital library is available with access to J- Gate , J Gate Plus, IBI, DELNET and INFLIBNET.Student amenities include Health Centre with resident doctor, R.O. Plants, Transport, Canteen , Bank , ATM, Xerox Centre and Post Office.
Renowned experts of various domains from India and abroad both form academia and industry are invited as Adjunct Professors to facilitate multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. University NSS cell organized extension activities through village adoption programme in the neighbourhood community and creating awareness among teachers, students and trainees regarding their responsibilities towards society by sensitizing to social issues. New courses viz, Food Technology and Computer Science have been introduced considering the career and research prospects. Yogi Vemana University believes in promotion fine arts, tradition and culture. Courses in painting, music and dance have been offered to encourage the enthusiastic learners. An art gallery with rare collections of handicrafts, pottery and paintings which has been set up in the New Administrative Building is a source of delight for aesthetic lovers.
To promote research culture, University provides seed money, high-speed internet and Wi-fi facility, library with digital sources and anti-plagiarism software. University have spacious playfields with an area of 64 acres, five multipurpose flood lights play fields, 400 meter track, sports science labs, modern fitness centre,yoga centre, modern gymnasium with profession trainer, pistol shooting, Skating etc are available along with sports coaching camps for national and international competitions. University has two major best practices during the past 5 years namely Miyawaki method for creating mini forest at the University Campus and second one is the installation of solar park and roof-top solar panels for harnessing solar energy to clean electricity.
With all its strengths and distinguishing features the university has the potential to be a centre for excellence with commitment for qualitative teaching , research and service.
YVU is accredited by NAAC and providing quality education and research.
I am indebted to the faculty of the University, who inculcated scientific temper and research aptitude and I think YVU is a happening place for qualitative research.
The academic ambience and infrastructure of the University are the hallmarks, I consider myself to be lucky to be here and I foresee a bright future in pursuit of Science.
Yogi Vemana University is certainly a hub for meaningful research activities. Research in social sciences here bears contemporary relevance and addresses societal problems.
Yogi Vemana University installed faith in me to explore new avenues in liberal arts which mates us more humane and civilized.