Higher Education in recent years, has undergone significant paradigm shift including the shift from 'teacher-centred' to a 'learner-centred' learning and the replacement of the traditional method of 'learning over a specified period of time' by the concept of informal and continuous 'lifelong learning'. Keeping pace with the changing scenario, Acharya Nagarjuna University has started the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) to offer B.A., BBA, B.Sc. (MPC, BZC, MSCs, MPCs, MPE, B.Com(General), B.Com (Computer Applications), B.L.I.Sc. courses at the Bachelors Degree level and MA (English), MA (Telugu), MA (Hindi), MA (History), MA (Economics), MA (Political Science), MA (Sociology), MSW, MA (Journalism and Mass Communication) MHRM, M.Com., MBA, MCA, M.Sc (Mathematics), M.Sc (Botany) M.Sc (Zoology), M.Sc (Physics) M.Sc (Chemistry), M.Sc (Microbiology), M.Sc. (Statistics), M.L.I.Sc. courses and PG Diploma courses in Bio-Technology, Bio-Informatics, Hospital and Health Care Management, Business Management, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Banking and Financial Management, Insurance Management, International Business, Travel and Tourism Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Computer Applications, Information Technology,Certificate Courses in HIV-Aids Counselling, Hotel and Hospital Management, Diploma in Food Production.
Acharya Nagarjuna University, named after the great Buddhist philosopher Acharya Nagarjuna, was established in 1976 and is located between Vijayawada and Guntur on Kolkata - Chennai National Highway (NH 5). The university was inaugurated on 11th September, 1976 by the former President of India, Sri Fakruddin Ali Ahmed and celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2001. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded A-grade to Acharya Nagarjuna University.
The University was originally started as a Post Graduate Centre of Andhra University in 1967 and later grown into a full-fledged Centre of higher learning in 1976, as the Nagarjuna University, fulfilling the aspirations of the people of the area. Since then it has achieved tremendous progress through quantitative expansion and qualitative improvements on various academic fronts. This was made possible by the relentless efforts of successive Vice-Chancellors starting from Professor V. Balaiah to the present dynamic Vice-Chancellor Professor A. Rajendra Prasad and a large pool of dedicated faculty, an efficient team of supporting staff and high quality student input. It has a spacious campus, spread over 293 acres.
The Centre for Distance Education strives for the realisation of a "Knowledge Society" through seamless access to sustainable and 'learner-centric' quality education by removing the restrictions of time and location for pursuing educational programmes of learners' choice, irrespective of gender, geographical boundaries and working status.
The mission of the Centre is to provide quality education at affordable cost to larger sections of population by facilitating the reach of education to the doorsteps of people living in remote and far-flung areas.