Greetings and good wishes,
Karnataka State Akkamahadevi Women's University is marching ahead towards overall development by opening the gateway of opportunities in higher education for women. It is undertaking many new developmental activities in its own way. Many innovative projects are also being designed and implemented to empower women. The university is striving hard to enhance the knowledge, culture and overall personality of women. In addition to this, the university is also implementing various activities to promote socio-economic growth of rural women.
Karnataka State Women's University established in the city of Vijayapura during the academic year 2003-04 has been renamed as Karnataka State Akkamahadevi Women's University on 11th June 2017. Akkamahadevi has a very unique identity in the 'Sharana movement' of the 12th century. 'Akka' is a live example to demonstrate that a woman can rise to the ultimate spiritual heights by being a perfect model of sacrifice during the 'Sharana movement'. By being an ethical symbol for alertness she has influenced the sharana's of all periods as divine spirit. Hence I deem it quite apt and meaningful to rename this university in the name of Akkamahadevi – a great woman achiever of all times.
The university that started with only six post-graduate courses and 227 students on roll with a jurisdiction over 13 districts of north Karnataka, now have more than 2500 students pursuing 32 various post-graduate courses in 2016-17 with the jurisdiction extended over the state along with two extension centers – one at Mandya and another at Udutadi and a P G center at Sindhanur.
PhD programmes were started in the year 2006-07 to enable those women who are interested in knowledge acquisition and also desirous and capable of continuing higher studies. More than 300 research scholars are working for their doctoral programmes in different disciplines.
The university has adopted unique curriculum specially designed for women students. Students can choose subjects such as Feminine Jurisprudence, Women's Health, Yoga Studies, Computer Applications, Information literacy, Information sources, Women and media and Human Resource management, other than a number of choice based programmes in vocational subjects in addition to regular subjects which is not found in any other university. This is the first conventional university in our country of villages, to teach “Women and Live Stock Development” at MA level under Women Studies.
The Dual Course Programme of the university enables post graduate students in the university to pursue two or more courses at a time bearing in mind the limited time available for girl students from the backward areas before marriage disrupts their academic career. Project work is made compulsory during the fourth semester.
The university is maintaining the lowest fee structure in the state for various courses in order to encourage women from poor socio-economic strata pursue higher education. The university is also adopting same policy for the affiliated women's colleges which are also dedicated for education of rural women, charging them least affiliation,admission and examination fees.
The university has adopted unique and progressive policies introducing more flexibility in the system to enable women to pursue higher education, where in students who discontinue education due to marriage or child birth can pursue education at a later stage when their circumstances compel them to be breadwinners of the family or when their circumstances permit them to study, while getting the benefit of credits earned by them earlier. The university also takes the credit for convincing other universities in the state to admit such students.
Kaushalya Women's Technology Park established in the Jnanashakti campus of the university is an innovative and unique experiment. This women's technology park has been established for students and women and more particularly the skill enhancement of rural women. This is the first university to start such a women's technology park for the overall development of women. The university has proved the common people's allegations “Universities are ivory towers and that there is no entry to common people” wrong by creating a conducive environment, the Women's university is training the rural women along with student community on different subjects by employing the locally available resources and thereby helping the rural women to involve themselves in self- entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.
The university is accredited with 'B' grade by the NAAC and quite recently the university has been given three star status in K-SURF rankings. These developments have made our 14 years of existence very memorable. I welcome you and congratulate you for choosing this university to pursue higher studies. Join us and be a partner in our mutual progress.
I wish you a comfortable and academically excellent stay for the next two years on the campus.