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Andhra University School of Distance Education (AUSDE) will leverage the TCS iON Platform to transform itself into a digital university

Mumbai, June 20, 2017: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization today announced a definitive agreement with Andhra University to help transform the Andhra University School of Distance Education (AUSDE) into a digital university enabling easy access to a larger number of students wanting to avail courses offered by the prestigious institute.

As part of the agreement, AUSDE will deploy the TCS iON Platform to help bring online all key services offered by the University School including student admissions, academic course content, examination management as well as regular administrative services. With the services of AUSDE going online, students will be able to enroll onto and access courses of their choice, pay fees, get their examination hall tickets and also see their examination results, all of these, at a click of a button.

The TCS iON Platform provides a comprehensive end-to-end solution that enables a university to digitize all functions and services offered by it. The TCS iON Platform supports in building smarter university campuses with solutions that simplify learning, teaching and support processes to drive educational excellence. The iON Platform manages the Admission to Alumni life cycle of the student processes by providing a digital interface to the student.  Digitization of services offered by the university helps it reach out to a larger section of students at a lower cost without compromising on the quality of education imparted.  The AUSDE is offering Certificate, Diploma, Under Graduation, Post-Graduation and professional courses to over 60,000 students currently and the digitization of the university will help provide a superior experience to all the stakeholders.

Commenting on the agreement, V. Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON said, “In today’s context, digitalization of any university is imperative to sustain excellence. We are extremely proud to be the partner of choice for Andhra University in their transformation journey.  With AUSDE going digital using the TCS iON Platform, every stakeholder of the university will be able to engage with ease and be confident of getting the highest level of services on-time without any deficiency.  Streamlining of the university’s services will also ensure that the university can focus more on driving academic excellence amongst students without being distracted by regular administrative functions.”

Speaking about the agreement, Vice Chancellor Prof G Nageswara Rao said, “Considering the need of upgrading technology, online and web-based operations, we had set up a panel in November last year to decide and advise the university on the necessary steps to be taken. The proposal received from TCS to help the university go digital for assisting in general enquiries, admissions, pre-examination and post-examination activities was seen to be the right one in helping AUSDE transform. We are delighted to enter into an agreement with TCS and be a part of the Digital India movement. Our plan ahead is to expand this initiative to the regular stream of education in addition to the distance education program.”

About TCS iON

iON is a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services focused on Manufacturing Industries (SMB), Educational Institutions and Examination Boards. TCS iON provides technology by means of a unique IT-as-a-Service model, offering end-to-end business solutions. It caters to the needs of multiple industry segments, through innovative, easy-to-use, secured, integrated, hosted solutions in a build-as-you-grow, pay-as-you-use business model. TCS iON serves its clients with the help of best practices gained through TCS' global experience, domestic market reach, skills, and delivery capabilities. iON's Cloud Based Solution is highly modular, scalable and configurable giving businesses and educational institutions the benefits of increased efficiencies, faster go to market, predictability of technology as well as spend and better business results.

About Andhra University School of Distance Education

Andhra University, one of the oldest and accredited by NAAC with 'A' grade has established an international image in academic excellence. School of Distance Education, an organ of this University, started in 1972, has been one of the pioneering institutions in the field of Higher Education. It has been striving to extend the reach of higher education to different sections of the society located in divergent geographical areas, particularly in the State of Andhra Pradesh.

Students of this institution study the same syllabi and are subject to the same regulations as that of the regular students of Andhra University. The Degree awarded is also the same. The learning package comprises of self-learning study material, audio-video packages and face-to-face interaction.

Gyan Vani, a community Radio Station is located in the School of Distance Education and caters to the needs of the learners of the School of Distance Education, besides other sections. It can be tuned on 106.4 Mhz under FM. At present there are 34 study Centres meeting the learner needs. The sale of applications, dissemination of information, face-to-face interaction, conduct of examinations, etc. constitute the core activities of the Study Centres.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT servicesconsulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure,  engineering and  assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 387,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of U.S. $17.58 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. For more information, visit us at

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