Tirupati: Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalayam, which started its journey with ten faculties and 300 students in 1983 has increased manifold and its functions have assumed new dimensions during these 33 years and there are a total of 105 permanent faculty members and 113 academic consultants in the university at present. Having identified special with its mission ‘Emancipation of women through acquisition of knowledge,’ the university is presently offering 59 courses at the PG and graduate levels along with a proportionate component of research to women students of Andhra Pradesh.
The four schools in the university include School of Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Management, School of Engineering and Technology and School of Nursing. According to SPMVV VC Prof V. Durga Bhavani, apart from engineering and technology there is lot of demand for School of Sciences in which Applied Mathematics, Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology, Computer Science(MCA), Business Management and Communication and Journalism in the recent years.
“We have introduced job oriented, entrepreneur and professional programmes which will be useful to the women candidates to empower their higher education in specialised areas and to get more opportunities. The new programmes include five-year integrated course in Food Technology, Vocational course in Fashion Technology and Apparel Designing, Nutrition and Health Care Sciences for which there is good response from the women candidates,” VC said.
To expand the varsity activities and for sharing the knowledge SVMVV has inked MoUs with several foreign varsities and organisations. The objectives of the collaboration is to combined research, student exchange programme, faculty exchange for academic and scientific information and to promote women entrepreneurs in India, Varsity registrar Prof P Vijayalakshmi explained.
“There is good response from foreign students after SPMVV entered MoU with TANA pertaining to certificate and diploma course in dance and music. The MoU was signed as part of internationalisation of students exchange programme. Already three students joined the course from USA. We have also launched Women Technology Park to tap traditional and novel practices and transfer science technology to the community and train women to establish business for development," she said. Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, the programme launched by MHRD, Government of India, the SPMVV has adopted five villages in Chittoor district to involve and engaging with neighbouring communities and using technologies for their upliftment, she said.
The students enrolment has increased to 4,700 in 2015-16 from 2,169 in 2012-13 where the number of programmes increased from 34 in 2012-13 to 47 in 2015-16.
The INFLIBNET facility is installed to provide as access of e-journal computing facilities to the students.
There is a Health Centre with residential Medical Officer available round the clock for the staff and students with an ambulance service to meet the casualties.
The students are given an opportunity to earn while they learn in the areas identified by the university.