University of Hyderabad

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Coordinates: 17°27′36″N 78°20′06″E / 17.460°N 78.335°E / 17.460; 78.335

University of Hyderabad
University of Hyderabad Logo.svg
Motto Sa Vidhya Ya Vimukthaye (सा विधया या विमुक्ताए)
Motto in English Education results in liberation
Established 1974
Type Public
Chancellor C. H. Hanumantha Rao
Vice-Chancellor Ramakrishna Ramaswamy
Location Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Campus 2,300 acres (9,300,000 m2)
Urban
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU
Website www.uohyd.ac.in

The University of Hyderabad (UoH, but also known as HCU, for Hyderabad Central University) is a Central University located in the city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India. Founded in 1974, this public and largely residential university occupies about 2000 acres in the locality of Gachibowli on the outskirts of the city. The University came into existence as one of the points of the so-called Six-Point Formula of 1973, the political settlement arrived at after the protests during the 1960s and early 1970s in the region. The organic chemist and Professor of Chemistry at the Banaras Hindu University, Gurbakhsh Singh was the first Vice-Chancellor of the UoH, from 1974 to 1979. Shri B D Jatti was the first Chancellor of the University. The Governor of the state of Telangana is ex-officio the Chief Rector of the University, while the President of India is the Visitor to the University.

Overview[edit]

The University imparts knowledge in several areas of Basic and Applied Sciences, as well as in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts, Media Studies and Communication. A number of subjects of contemporary interest, such as Folklore Studies, Health Psychology, Dalit Studies, Gender, and Neural and Cognitive Sciences are also taught.[1] The University is organized academically into Schools of study, and within each School, there may be Departments, Centres, and Programmes. At present there are the following twelve Schools

  • Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication (SNS)
  • School of Chemistry (SoC)
  • School of Computer and Information Sciences (SCIS)
  • School of Economics (SoE)
  • School of Engineering Science and Technology (SES&T)
  • School of Humanities (SH)
  • School of Life Sciences (SLS)
  • School of Management Studies (SMS)
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics (SM)
  • School of Medical Sciences (SMed)
  • School of Physics (SoP)
  • School of Social Sciences (SSS)

and the College of Integrated Studies (CIS). There are Departments and Centres within several of the Schools, details of which can be found on the University website. The University has over 400 faculty and above 5000 students. It offers 150 programmes of study at the postgraduate level that range from Doctoral studies to Masters level degrees, as well as post-graduate diplomas and short term courses that are offered by the Centre for Distance and Virtual Learning. In addition, since 2006 the University has been offering a 5-year Integrated Masters Programme in Social Sciences, Pure Sciences and Humanities.

Fast Facts[edit]

The current student enrolment is 5075 (3239 men and 1836 women), and of this number 2829 are in various Masters programmes, 695 are pursuing M.Phil or M.Tech courses, and 1551 the Ph. D.

The University has over 22000 alumni.

The staff consists of about 400 members of the faculty and 1050 non-teaching support.

Academics[edit]

Admission[edit]

The University is primarily a post-graduate research University. UoH conducts its own entrance examinations for all the courses during the month of February every year and interviews in the month of May every year. The University offers Integrated M.A/MSc, M.A, MSc, M.F.A, M.Tech, M.B.A, M.C.A, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. Admission to UoH is highly selective and competitive. The University follows the reservation system given in the UGC guidelines while admitting students.

Teaching and Learning[edit]

The University follows the semester calendar beginning in mid-July and ending in early-May. About 90% of the students are residential. The Master's programme is usually of 2 years while the M.Phil and Ph.D programme are of 1 and 5 years respectively. The tuition fees for the Integrated Master's programme is INR 3900/- while for the Master's programme is between 4000 - 12000/- depending on the course. The tuition fees for research degrees range from INR 4405/- INR 16000/-.

The University follows the continuous assessment pattern where 40% of the marks are allotted for internal assessment and 60% for external examination. The students are graded on a 10.0 point scale with D being the lowest passing grade while A+ being the highest. The toppers of each of the post-graduate taught course in the general and reserved categories are awarded the University Gold Medal.

Research[edit]

The University is a public research university with high research activity in every department and awards about 300 doctorates every year.

Library[edit]

Indira Gandhi Memorial Library

The university library is a central facility to support teaching and research activities of the University. This present library building was inaugurated by his Excellency late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, the then Vice President of India, on 21 October 1988 and named after late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

The Library is connected to Campus Network. The library also created learning environment by establishing Online Public Access Catalog (WebOPAC), OPAC Searching Area, Internet browsing area, Laptop zone with Wi-Fi facility, specialized workstations & software for visually-challenged students and by facilitating electronic resources, search services/tools.

Indira Gandhi Memorial library is the first automated university library in the country. The library serves as a resources station to all scholars and has a print collection around four Lakhs that include monographs, text books, back volumes of journals, theses / dissertations, CDs/DVDs. It subscribes around 500 print journals in various disciplines of the university and provides access to more than 25000 e-resources including e-books. It also comprises of a reading room which is accessible round-the-clock for the benefit of the students.

Rankings[edit]

The University has been recognized by University Grants Commission as a "University with Potential for Excellence". The University ranks amongst the top ten Universities in the country. It has been re-accredited with an A Grade (CGPA of 3.72/4.00) by NAAC in 2014 which is the third cycle.

India Today placed UoH at the fifth position in its rankings of Universities for 2014. UoH also features in the QS rankings of top 200 Asian Universities.

Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurship[edit]

The Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India, offers support for potential entrepreneurs in the areas of Electronics, Information Technology and Communications. To qualify to be considered for support, the applicants will need to have conducted some formal work on their ideas. They may contact: Co-coordinator, TIDE-UoH at grrsp@uohyd.ernet.in.

The Integrated Master's Program[edit]

Centre for Integrated Studies (CIS) was established in the year 2006-07 to offer 5 year Integrated Master’s Degree courses in several subjects for imparting specialised education to the young boys and girls on completion of their +2 level of education. The Centre offers 5-year integrated Master’s Degree courses in Science, Humanities and Social Science subjects. The five year Integrated M.A. (I.M.A.) and M.Sc. (I.M.Sc.) course of the University of Hyderabad is not merely an integrated program that combines pre-graduate and post-graduate studies, but is also trans-disciplinary, cutting across several disciplines. Every student admitted in this program is provided with financial assistance.

SIP: The Study in India Program[edit]

SIP Building, University of Hyderabad

The University of Hyderabad’s Study in India Program (SIP) for foreign students began as a small experimental summer initiative where students from the University of Pittsburgh took nine credits over nine weeks in the summer of 1998. Since then, SIP has grown in leaps and bounds and has gone from hosting eight students in its debut year to nearly 200 in the most recent academic year. The University Grants Commission (UGC), a governmental organization in India tasked with determining and maintaining standards for university education, has hailed the Study in India Program as a model initiative and has encouraged other universities in India to emulate the program’s approach. SIP’s strength is its flexibility and willing to innovate to meet the needs of universities and study abroad consortia. SIP has created specialized, tailor-made programs for partners such as Dartmouth College, Duke University and the Nordic Centre in India—a consortium of 15 Nordic universities. Students can apply on their own, through their home schools, or through study abroad consortia that are SIP partners.

In 2014 the SIP Program has been selected for IIE Andrew Heiskell Award. Thirteen Campuses in the world have been recognized for their Outstanding International Initiatives. UoH is the only University from Asia to be recognized.

Centre for Distance and Virtual Learning[edit]

The University of Hyderabad started offering Post Graduate Diploma Programmes through distance mode since 1994. The target groups identified for these Programmes are (a) In service personnel looking forward to improve their skills and knowledge to enable to go up in the ladder in their own organisation or elsewhere and (b) Fresh graduate intending to improve their chances of employments on successful completion of these programmes.

Academic Staff College[edit]

Established in 1987 as a major initiative in augmenting quality in Higher Education, the UGC promoted 66 Academic Staff Colleges. The Academic Staff College of University of Hyderabad is a constituent unit of the University offering Orientation, Refresher and need-based courses for Assistant Professors / Associate Professors working in Universities and Colleges.

It is an important academic wing of the University. Apart from the training programmes for teachers, the Academic Staff College conducts Professional Development Programmes for Principals and Administrators. The faculty is also taking up the teaching assignments and research guidance in their respective departments. National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Peer Review Committee from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) visited Academic Staff College during January 19 – 21, 2012 for peer reviewing of its activities and accredited this Academic Staff College, University of Hyderabad as ranked no. 4 in India.

Placement Guidance and Advisory Bureau[edit]

The Placement Guidance and Advisory Bureau (PGAB) publicizes information about employment opportunities and makes information available about higher education in India and other countries.

Placement talks are arranged and facilities are provided for Campus interviews. Every School has a faculty placement coordinator and the student placement coordinators help in the placement process which is coordinated by the PGAB.

A large number of students have been able to secure good jobs through the placement in some of the reputed multinational companies, Govt. agencies, etc.

Dean Students’ Welfare[edit]

The office of the Dean, Students’ Welfare (DSW), looks after the welfare of the students with support from the elected representatives of the students, faculty and administration. There is a students’ union which caters to the students’ interests and promotes cultural, literary and sports activities. Elections to the Students Union are conducted by the students themselves.

Hostels, Canteens and Recreational Centres[edit]

Students Centre Canteen
DST Auditorium

There are 18 hostels (Ten for men and eight for women) for students to stay in. The SIP students are allotted the Tagore International Guest House. There are two shopping complexes; one at the North campus and one situated at the South Campus. Also, there are four canteens viz. the student's canteen, Goodwill Canteen, a canteen adjacent to the Administration block and one situated inside the School of Life Sciences.

There are four multipurpose auditoriums within the campus. The DST auditorium is the largest with a capacity of 700 used mainly for cultural events, seminars, public talks and screening of documentaries and movies. The CV Raman Auditorium with a capacity of 200 is located inside the Science complex which serves as a conference and seminar hall. The BR Ambedkar auditorium is mainly used for cultural events, public talks, debates and other events. There is another auditorium located inside the Humanities block.

National Service Scheme Cell (NSS)[edit]

In connection with 'Gandhi Jayanti Week' Celebrations National Service Scheme (NSS) Cell, organises Peace March, Orientation Programmes, Tree plantation etc. during the first week of October every year.

Student's Union[edit]

Major student organizations on the campus include ASA (Ambedkar Students' Association), DSU (Dalit Students' Union), BSF (Bahujan Students' Front), TSA (Telangana Students' Association), ABVP (Akhila Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishad), NSUI (National Students' Union of India), SFI (Students' Federation of India).

The Student's Union is elected annually, with elections being conducted by the students themselves, following the guidelines set by the Lyngdoh Committee. The Students' Union includes a President, Vice-President, General Secretary, Joint Secretary, Sports Secretary and Cultural Secretary. The elections are held during the month of September every year.

Student activities[edit]

The elected Student's Union conducts various sports and cultural events for the students over the academic year.

Nari's Knight Cup

The first of such event is the Nari's Cricket Knight Cup. The tournament is named in memory of an Ex-student Mr.Narayan Reddy (Nari) who met with an unfortunate death in the campus premises. Initially, a few friends of Mr.Narayan Reddy started this 5-over a side tournament with 9 players per side. However, the Student's Union took over the responsibility of conducting the Knight Cup later. The tournament is conducted under floodlights at the Open-Air auditorium.

Senthil Balraj Cricket Night Cup

The Senthil Balraj Cricket Night cup was initiated in February, 2011 by the then Students' Union in memory of Senthil and Balraj. This cricket night cup is unique in the sense that it is open to only the registered students and employees of the University while the Nari's Knight Cup is open to Alumni's as well as the students of the University. However, the format of both the competitions remains the same.

Football Night Cup

football

The Football Night cup is the third in the series of Night cups conducted by the Student's Union. The tournament is usually conducted in the last week of February every year. This is a 7-a-side tournament with a total match duration of 30 mins.

Basketball and Volleyball Night cup

The Union also conducts Basketball and Volleyball night cups every year in the month of March.

Cultural Festival[edit]

Rock Show

Sukoon(सुकून, meaning peace)is the annual cultural festival of the University organised by the Students' Union during the month of March where students from colleges all over Hyderabad participate. The 3-day event includes various literary and other recreational events like 'Mr.& Ms.Sukoon Competition', Rangoli, Shayari, Quiz, Antaakshari, Debate in English-Telugu-Hindi-Urdu, Dance, Singing, Spot Painting, Treasure Hunt etc. Traditional dance and music performance are also an integral part of the festival. Esteemed artistes such as Warsi Brothers, Telengana Troop etc. have been invited over the past years. The penultimate night is reserved for the Rock Show. Bands like Underground Authority, Motherjane, Taksha, Divine Connection etc. have performed during the past 5 years. The festival concludes with the DJ night.

Entrepreneurship Development Cell[edit]

The university has an ED Cell, located in the Management Block of the university, that has nurtured startups. Some of them include.[2]

  • Laundrette: A coin operated washing machine service.[3][4]
  • Inno Garage: A consulting company that was nurtured by School of Management Studies for 2 Years. The founder of the company, Nikhil Kuruganti is an alumnus of the university [5]

Notable alumni, faculty, and staff[edit]

  • Shanta Sinha, Ramon Magsaysay award winner
  • Rajan Harshe, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Allahabad
  • Bhatti Vikramarka
  • M Sridhar Babu, Former minister, Govt of AP
  • Girish Agarwal, FRS
  • Goverdhan Mehta, FRS
  • Vijaya Rao, IPS, MA (Anthropology) Class of 2007
  • Sushanta Mallick, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Mohammed Mohsin, University of Tennessee, USA

Vice chancellors[edit]

Chancellors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annual Report 2008-09". Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Entrepreneurship Development Cells Across India
  3. ^ "UoH Graduate Develops Coin-operated Laundry". New Indian Express. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  4. ^ "UoH’s new laundry venture". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Like Trackers". New Indian Express. Retrieved 2011-08-22.