Osmania University, established in the year 1918, is the seventh
oldest university in the country, third oldest in South India and
the oldest in the State of Andhra Pradesh. It was founded by His
Exalted Highness Mir Osman Ali Khan, the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad
State. It was the first university to impart higher education
through Urdu as the medium of instruction. It is the largest
affiliating university in Asia with about 800 affiliated colleges
spread over 3 districts of Telangana Region of Andhra Pradesh
(Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medak) providing academic and research
facilities for nearly five lakh students. It was accredited with a ‘FIVE
STAR’ rating by the
in the year 2001, and reaccredited with the highest grade ‘A’
in 2008. It has been ranked
among the top Indian Universities as per the recent survey done by
Osmania University is a multi-faculty
and multi-campus university offering comprehensive education with 12
faculties and 53 academic departments spread over eight campus and
eight constituent colleges. It offers 21 academic courses at the UG
level (with125 combinations) and 72 at the PG level in addition to
M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in 27 and 54 disciplines respectively.
It has the strength of nearly 1000 teaching and 3500 non-teaching
staff. Prof. G. Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education offers
around 48 UG, PG and professional courses to nearly 50,000 students
in the different disciplines approved by Distance Education Council
. The campus is also a home away from home for nearly 4000
international students from about 80 countries. It has forged
academic collaborations with 20 national and 12 international
organisations. The university has introduced several measures to
achieve a paradigm shift from a teacher-centric approach to a
learner-centric education. .
The University has launched several new initiatives in teaching,
learning and research to keep pace with global trends in higher
education. These initiatives are aimed at empowering the students
with knowledge and skills, of improving their academic performance,
and increasing their employability.
The University established
industry for promotion of
sponsored research and consultancy, and also academic and research
collaboration with many national and international organizations
through MoUs. The University has established a Technology
Development Centre to promote incubation facilities for high-end
research in Engineering and Technology and has commissioned Central
Instrumentation Facility to provide high-end analytical and other
research instruments with state-of-the-art modular and computing
labs catering to research needs.
The Government of India as per its New
Educational Policy, 1986 envisaged that in order to maintain uniform
standards of teaching in the country the candidates besides
possessing minimum academic qualifications are required to qualify
in a comprehensive test specifically conducted for the purpose of
obtaining eligibility for appointment as Lecturers/Assistant
Professors. Accordingly UGC, New Delhi has been conducting the UGC-NET
Examination regularly. It was felt that an eligibility test at the
national level may not be completely able to represent the subjects
which are regional in their character. Moreover, there was a demand
from the aspiring candidates to appear for the test in their own
mother tongue, wherever applicable. Therefore, the State
Governments and Union Territories were given an option of conducting
their own test for eligibility for Lecturership at the state level.
Thus was born the concept of State Eligibility Test, which will be
conducted both in English and the vernacular.
Eligibility Test (SET) is based on the pattern of the National
Eligibility Test (CSIR/UGC-NET) conducted by UGC/CSIR. The State
Governments and Union Territories, who wish to conduct the SET are
supposed to obtain accreditation from UGC from time to time.
As the State
Governments were given an option to conduct their own State Level
Eligibility Test (SLET), the Andhra Pradesh College Service
Commission was identified as the Nodal Agency to conduct SLET for
eligibility for Lectureship in colleges in Andhra Pradesh.
Accordingly, APCSE conducted SLET thrice from February,of 1997 to
February, 1998. Later, the Government of Andhra Pradesh abolished
the APCSE and subsequently UGC has withdrawn accreditation in 2005.
Now, the Andhra
Pradesh Government has decided to conduct SET Examination in the
interest of large number of aspirants for recruitment as Assistant
Professors/Lecturers through direct recruitment or by promotions in
universities and degree colleges in the State and also to facilitate
the candidates to appear for the test in Telugu medium, wherever
applicable. After careful consideration of the matter, the UGC, New
Delhi has identified the Osmania University as the State Agency for
Andhra Pradesh to conduct the State Eligibility Test (SET) in Andhra
Pradesh for 24 subjects for the year 2012.