Public Administration
1.  About the Department of  Public administration
The Department of Public administration, one of the largest Departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences, was established in the year 1983. Public Administration is one of the most popular subjects of study opted for by distance learners of the Open University. The Department is offering Undergraduate Programmes, Post-graduate Programmes and the Research Programmes. The Department has been adorned by the very eminent personalities such as Prof.V.S.Prasad, Prof.P.Narsaiah, Prof.K.Murali Manohar, Prof.I.Ramabrahmam and Prof C.Venkataiah. They have contributed immensely for the growth of the discipline and also contributed for the practice of public administration in their various capacities. At present the department has qualified and committed faculty with rich teaching, research and administrative experience.
The Department imparts education through its quality Self-instructional material, Radio and Tele-Lessons, Tele- Conferences which are broadcast /telecast through AIR and Doordarshan respectively which are developed in association with the different distinguished experts from highly reputed Universities like IGNOU, Hyderabad Central University, Osmania University, Kakatiya University etc and Institutes of Excellence like National Institute of Rural Development, National Council of Rural Institutes, Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental studies, Centre for Good Governance, Marri Chenna Reddy Institute of Human Resource Development and Non- Governmental Organizations as well. Department organizes seminars, symposia and lectures on contemporary issues from time to time to encourage intellectual discussions and fruitful deliberations.
2. Courses-Under Graduate level
Public Administration is one of the electives offered at the undergraduate level from the academic year 1984-85. The following courses were offered at Undergraduate level during 1984 to 2017
     Course-1:  Elements of Public Administration
Course-2:  Indian Administration
Course-3:  Local Organisations and Development in India
Course-4:  Public Office Administration
Present  B. A Public Administration is divided into 6 Semesters and 12 courses under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Course Title
No. of
 DSC – I
 Basics of Public Administration
 DSC –  II
 Development Administration and Emerging Trends
 Union Administration
 State Administration
Digital Governance
Rural Livelihood Management
 DSC – V
 Human Resource Management
 (A & B)
  1.  Rural Governance
  1.  Public Office Administration
 Financial and Material Resource Management
 (A & B)
  1. Urban Governance
  1. E-Governance
Note 1. Number of credits per each course – 5 (Total Credits – 40)
          2. Number of marks per each course – 100 (Total Marks – 800)
                    3. DSC  :   Discipline Specific Course
                    4. DSE  :   Discipline Specific Elective Course
                   5. SEC : Skill Enhancement Course   
3Courses-Post Graduation level
The Two Year Postgraduate Programme of the subject which is on offer from the academic year 1993-94 was consisting of Eight (8) Courses, four (4) in the First Year and another Four (4) in the Second Year.  The courses offered in the First Year were common for both the Postgraduate students of Public Administration and Political Science and award of the degree in the respective discipline was done based on their branching off in the Second Year of study. Since 2007 separate programmes are launched in the disciplines of Political Science and Public administration with Five courses in each year of study.  Accordingly the following are the courses offered at Postgraduate Programme in Public Administration
First Year
Course-1:  State, Society and Public Administration
Course-2: Administrative Theories
Course-3:  Public Policy
Course-4:  Public Systems Management
Course-5:  Human Resources Management
Second Year
Course-6:  Indian Administration
Course-7:  Rural Development Administration
Course-8:  Urban Development Administration
Course-9:  e-Governance
Course-10: Research Methods
4.  Courses-Research Programmes
M.Phil and Ph D programmes are offered by the Department. Total 4 Phds and 3 M.Phils are awarded in the discipline of Public Administration.
5.  Profile of the Faculty Members
The pedagogy in Open University is different from conventional university. The central core faculty working in the university has to perform multitasks. They are involved in the planning and designing the programme, developing the self learning course materials, preparation of audio and video lectures, coordinating with internal assessment of students, counselling to students in both theory and practical sessions and in evaluation process.
  At present there are two members in the faculty of Public Administration.
Prof. Pallavi Kabde, Professor & Head
Sixteen Years of teaching experience (UG &PG)
Books  – One (1)
Articles Published –  25
Seminars, conferences and Workshops attended  -   30
Presentation of Papers – International – One; National -  10
Member of Academic and Administrative bodies
  • Core Committee Member, Women Development and Extension Cell, DRBRAOU.
  • Member, Expert Committe for  Trilingual Fundamental Glossary of Political Science, Commission for scientific and Technical Terminology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India
  • Member, Board of Studies, Dept of Public Administration, Government Degree College,  Begumpet,   Hyderabad
  • Member, Board of Studies, Dept of Public Administration, Government Degree College,      Hyderabad
  • Member, Civics Syllabus Committee for Junior Lecturer Positions, Telangana State
  • Observer for CSI- Nihilent e-Governance Awards 2015, IIIT, Hyderabad
  • Life Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), India
  • Life Member, New Public Administration Society of India (NEPASI), India
Academic and other Awards
  • Kartrutwan  Shikshika Award by Bhavsar Vision India for contribution to Higher Education (2015)
  • Twice UGC – NET Lectureship (June-2005, Dec 2005)
  • Sardar Vallabhai Patel Gold Medal for topping Osmania University in M.A Public Administration (2004)
  • Malathi Rolling Shield for topping Public Administration for three years in Graduation (1999-2002)
  • Best NSS Volunteer Award  at Koti women’s College, Hyderabad (2002)
  • Best National Cultural Award,  at Mangalore University(2000)
  • Janmabhoomi Gold Medal for First Position in District Level Elocution competition by Government of Andhra Pradesh (1999)
  • Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in English in Intermediate(1997-99)
Prof. A.V.N Reddy, Professor & Registrar
Eighteen (18) Years of Teaching Experience (UG & PG)
UGC Major Projects – Three (3)  completed
Books – One (1)
Books Edited-One (1)
Articles Published – Eleven (20)
Seminars /conferences/ Workshops attended  -  Thirty Five (35)
Presentation of Papers – International – One; National -  Twenty (20)
Member of Academic and Administrative bodies
  • Member, Executive Council, Indian Institute of Public Administration,New Delhi
  • Member, Standing committee, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi
  • Member, Academic Committee, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi
  • Member, Research Committee, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi
6.  Academicians Associated with the Department
Several eminent academicians of the sister conventional universities are associated with this department in the processes of curriculum development, course content development and evaluation. The faculty working in the respective colleges where study centres are located are serving as Counsellors to conduct the face to face interactive sessions.
7.  Number of Courses
UG –  B.A Public Administration  is one of the three optional subjects in the undergraduate programme
6 Semesters-6 core subjects+ 2 Elective out of the 4 courses, 2 Skill development courses
          PG –  M.A Public Administration with  10 theory courses.
8. Student Support Arrangement:
UG and PG: The student is provided with the Self-Learning Material supplemented by the Audio, Video Lessons and Tele-Conference on specified Sundays. The face to face counseling sessions are conducted on Sundays at the study centers.  
M.Phil/PhD: one semester classes will be conducted in the university for the research students  
9.  Infrastructure facilities
Department of Public Administration is established in the first floor of Academic Building having the following:
  • Department Library with 150 Books
  • Seminar Hall with Projector
  • One computer lab with Wi-Fi facility
  • RO system drinking water is available for students and staff.
  • A common toilet for students.
 For Further Details
HEAD, Department of  Public Administration
Faculty of Social Sciences
Academic Branch
Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University
G.Ram Reddy Marg, Jubilee Hills
HYDERABAD, Telangana, 500033