Kakatiya University was established on August 19, 1976 to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Telangana for higher education. It is located in the historic city of Warangal, the erstwhile seat of the Kakatiya rulers. The founding of the University was in fact a historic event that heralded a new era in the realms of higher education of this region. The erstwhile Post-Graduate Centre of Osmania University was upgraded and was named Kakatiya University. The University, began its journey as PG Centre Warangal in 1968 under aegis of Osmania university with only four Departments, namely… Telugu, English, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Departments of Physics, Botany, Zoology, Commerce, Public Administration and Economics were added later. The B. Pharmacy course which was started by Osmania University in 1974 was shifted to KU in 1975.
The development of the University over the years has been gradual but impressive. The University was initially accredited with ‘B+’ grade by the NAAC in 2003 and reaccredited with ‘A’ grade in 2009. It occupied 38th position in national level rankings by India Today-Nielsen Survey. The University, situated in a sprawling area of about 640 acres, has seven colleges on the campus, with a network of 18 constituent, 529 Affiliated colleges. It has Post-Graduate Colleges at Subedari (Hanamkonda), Nirmal, Khammam, Jangaon, Jayashankar Bhoopalpally, Mahabubabad and University Engineering College at Kothagudem. Among the affiliated colleges, the University has 395 Arts & Science; 3 Law; 8 Engineering; 53 Education; 38 Management; 8 MCA and 24 Pharmacy colleges under its jurisdiction.
The University is now offering 222 programmes in Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, Computer Science, Business Management, Education, Science, Arts, Commerce, Oriental courses with in the University, constituent and affiliated colleges. In addition, the School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE) is offering fifty four programmes through distance mode. The University is committed to meet the augmented demand in the expansion of specialized courses form time to time, and is striving hard to provide appreciable scholastic activities to the increased number of students.
Giving utmost priority to the student services, the university has established Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Studies Centre, Coaching Centre for SC/ST and Minority Students for NET and other Competitive Examinations, Center for Women‘s Studies, Kakatiya Adhyayana Kendram, Students Welfare, Placement Cell, Centre for Foreign Relations and Consultancy Services, SC / ST Cell
Yoga Centre, Centre for English Language Teaching , Computer Centre, Central Instrumentation Centre, University – Industry Linkage Centre and Consultancy Cell.