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Origin of the Department :
Prior to 30.06.1975 Education at all levels in the State was being managed by one Head of the Department called Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI). There was enormous growth of educational Institutions, both at Secondary and Collegiate levels. With a view to streamline the functioning of the monolithic Directorate of Public Instruction and making it function more effectively, the Government have issued orders, bifurcating the department into the Directorate of School Education and Directorate of Higher Education in the year 1975 vide G.O. MsNo. 788 Edn., dated 30.06.1975. The Directorate of Higher Education was entrusted with the responsibility of the Management of Degree and Junior Colleges in the State.
Over the years due to enormous increase in the number of Junior colleges on one hand and the Degree Colleges on the other, administration of these two sectors of Higher Education became difficult for a single Head of the Department. Therefore to give special attention to these two areas of education, The Directorate of Higher Education was further divided into Directorate of Collegiate Education and Directorate of Intermediate Education vide G.O.Ms.No.343-Edn, Dated: 31.10.1989.Thus the Directorate of Collegiate Education came into existence on 01.11.1989 as a separate entity to deal exclusively with the matters of Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Colleges in the State.
The Department is created to promote Collegiate Education, giving special attention to the areas located in Backward and Rural areas, to strengthen Women education at undergraduate and post-graduate levels to create educational opportunities for weaker sections of the society and to introduce need-based vocational courses replacing the conventional courses in a phased manner.
In the year 1969 the State Government had introduced 10+2+3 systems of education and started number of Junior Colleges in the State to impart Intermediate Education. The number of these colleges increased immensely after formation of Directorate of Higher Education on 30.06.1975. Consequently, the administrative responsibilities of Director of Higher Education have enormously increased and the centralized management of all the colleges from the State capital had become very difficult. Thus the need was felt to decentralize the organization which has resulted in the creation of four regional offices in the State to oversee the functioning of colleges in the respective regions in the year 1981. The four offices of Regional Joint Directors are located at Rajahmundry, Gutur, Kadapa and Warangal.
Development of Undergraduate and Post Graduate Education.
Increasing Access to Higher Education.
PromoObjectivesting Higher Education in the under privileged sections of the society and women, particularly in rural areas.
Encouraging private participation in the expansion of Collegiate Education
Development of infrastructure in Government Colleges.
Ensuring maintenance of high standards of education in colleges.
Restructuring Vocationalisation of courses in Collegiate Education for increasing employment potential.
Establishing linkages with industries and market
Use of IT and modern technology for improvement of quality in academics and administration.
Promoting Academic autonomy, innovation and change.
1. Imparting higher education through Degree and PG colleges in the State.
2. Administrative control of all Government Degree Colleges in the State.
3. Inspecting the Regional , Offices and Degree Colleges in the State.
4. Release of grants (grant-in-aid) to Private Aided Colleges in the State.
5. Auditing the financial functioning of colleges.
6. Assessing the developmental requirements of Government Colleges and releasing grants.
7. Regulation and sanction of various types of scholarships.
8. Restructuring of courses by introducing need based and market oriented courses.
9. Encouraging colleges to opt for Autonomous status.
10. Preparation of Government colleges for assessment and accreditation by standard agencies like NAAC.
11. Production and Telecast of quality lessons through MANA TV Channels of Government of Andhra Pradesh.
12. Encouraging Automation of College office functioning.
13. Conducting Training Programmes to Lecturers and Principals for improving their knowledge and skills.
14. Formulation of schemes for the overall development of the department academically and administratively.
15. Coordination with Universities and other Institutions concerned.
16. Establishing & Monitoring the training activities at Knowledge Centers of Degree colleges in the state.
Smt. Shailaja Rmaiyer IAS
Commissioner of Collegiate Education
Commissioner of Collegiate Education