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The Osmania University, established in 1918, is the seventh oldest in the country, third oldest in South India and the first to be established in the princely state of Hyderabad. Though the need for the University for the Hyderabad state was felt, both by the intelligentia and the people for a long time, the initiative came from a civil servant, Sir Akbar Hydari, who was then the home Secretary to the State Government. Sir Hydari, in a memorandum to the education minister in early 1917, emphasized the need to establish a university of Hyderabad, with Urdu as the medium of instruction as it is the language of the widest currency in India, official language of the state, and it is a language which is understood by a vast majority of the population of the state. He believed that higher education must have its foundations deep in national consciousness.

The propitious moment, however, came a few months later on 26th April 1917 when a Firman was issued for the establishment of the university. The Firman also detailed the mission and objectives of the university to be that:

  • The ancient and modern, the oriental and occidental arts and sciences are synthesized in such a manner that the defects of the present system of education are rectified.

  • The ancient as well as modern methods of physical, intellectual and spiritual education are to be fully utilized along worth an effort for the propagation of knowledge, the moral improvement of the students is regulated on the one hand, and research work of a higher order in all branches of knowledge is conducted on the other.

Though the medium of instruction of the University was 'Urdu' an Aryan language, that has direct kinship with other languages of the country, instruction of English, as a language, was made compulsory for each student.

On the basic ideas of Osmania University is to achieve an intellectual synthesis of oriental and occidental learning of the best that has been thought of and said, both in the East and in the West. Further, it aims at a cultural synthesis (as reflected in its architectural variety), the development of a national ethos, and the creation of an academic and social environment in which 'National Integration' is not a nebulous idea but a tangible reality.

The Osmania University Training College came into existence and started functioning with effect from 31.8.1928. At that time B.T. Degree was awarded after successful completion of the programme. In 1947, the college was shifted to the University campus and was renamed as University College of Education. Under the centrally sponsored scheme, to strengthen and reorganize teacher education, a number of teacher education institutions were upgraded to CTE, and a few into IASE centers of excellence, research and innovations. Accordingly the University college of Education, Osmania University was upgraded to the status of I.A.S.E. during the year 1996-97. According to the norms of M.H.R.D., Govt. of India, this Department is renamed as Institute of Advanced Study in Education (I A S E). A new beautiful, well-equipped building has come up with grants sanctioned by MHRD.
As per the norms of I.A.S.E., Departmental Committee, Governing Body and Academic Council meetings are convened regularly and many innovative programmes both in-service and pre-service are organized for the benefit of teachers at all levels.

The articulated goals of the institute are:

  • Organizing pre-service teacher training programmes.

  • Conducting in-service teacher training programmes.

  • Undertaking, aiding, promoting and coordinating research in education

  • Providing academic and professional guidance.

  • Providing consultancy service to state government and educational institutions

  • Organizing training, conferences, workshops, meetings, seminars for school teachers and teacher educators

  • Working with teacher education institutions for promoting quality education.

  • Preparing and publishing papers, and books in teacher education

  • Collaborating with other agencies, institutions and organizations in India and Abroad.