About Academics of the JNTU ANANTAPUR.
At the time of formation of the University, it had basically an undergraduate character with conventional Bachelor Degree Programmes in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics & Communication Engineering at its Constituent Engineering Colleges at Anantapur, Hyderabad Kakinada and B.Arch., and Diploma in Fine Arts Programmes in the College of Fine Arts and Architecture. Post-graduate Programmes were limited to the Colleges at Anantapur and Kakinada.
In the last thirty years, JNTU has produced highly professional and competitive Engineers by infusing greater quality and content into the curriculum and educating the. Students with appropriate skills suitable for a rapidly changing industrial scenario. The Diploma in Fine Arts programmes in Applied Arts, Painting, Sculpture and Photography have been upgraded into Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programmes. Many new Under Graduate programes and Post Graduate programmes have been added in the colleges and units of the University. Lot of importance is given to research programmes leading to M.S., M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees.
To improve the Quality of Technical Education, it has participated actively in a number of National Programmes like Teacher Quality Improvement Programme, University-industry-interaction, consultancy, Continuing Education Programmes and Expansion of Infrastructure facilities for Emerging Technologies. Distance Education programmes in B.Tech in Civil, Electrical & Electronics, Mechanical and Electronics & Communication Engineering were started by the University, in the correspondence-cum- contact mode, in 1983 and Computer Science and Engineering was added in 1995. JNT University is also offering through its College of Fine Arts and School of Planning and Architecture highly professional and job oriented courses in creative arts, architectural design and planning. University has established a number of Centres under the umbrella of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) (formerly Institute of Post Graduate Studies & Research (IST)). With many professional colleges coming up in private sector, need has arisen to improve the quality of teaching. It necessitates providing continuous refresher courses to the teachers for updating and acquiring additional skills in new areas. With that goal, University has established a UGC Academic Staff College for technical teachers, which has been sanctioned by UGC.
University is offering number of Post Graduate Programmes in Computer Sciences and Information Technology. Quite many Short Term Courses are offered by the University in software areas. With fast growing needs in the area of IT, University has established School of Information Technology in the year 2000-2001 to bring all Computers and IT related activities under the control of School of IT.
To give more importance to the management studies and to expand related activities a separate "School of Management Studies" has been established during 2002-2003. In May 2003 it has been conferred functional autonomy and moved out to the university campus at Kukatpally and is housed in a modern spacious block in Academic Staff College building. MBA programme and some special programmes in management studies are being conducted here.
A number of students have been sponsored by Armed Forces, Private Companies and State Board of Technical Education, A.P.
The School also offers one year PG Diploma in Supply Chain Management & Retailing in collaboration with State Board of Technical Education & Training Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The School has collaborated with Central Michigan University, USA for offering joint MBA programme.
The School of Management Studies undertakes manpower training in the areas of management.
The School for Management Studies has an up to date Computer Laboratory with very good configurations.
Some short term programmes are organized under Industry � Institution Interaction.
Faculty of JNTU are actively involved in research and development activity in addition to regular academic work. International and National Conferences, Seminars and Workshops are organised by the Staff. A good number of summer schools and refresher programmes have been organised for the benefit of Teachers of various Colleges and Engineers from Industry.
Research programmes leading to M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. are offered in almost all disciplines available in the university.