Osmania University to study, map Telangana biodiversity

Foundation stone for Centre for Bio-diversity and Conservation Studies, which will take up the project, to be laid today

By Author  |  Published: 12th Jun 2019  1:10 am
OU is among the 10 universities in the country to be selected for grant of Rs 100 crore under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan 2.0

Hyderabad: Osmania University (OU) will study the distribution of Telangana biodiversity besides mapping different species.

This apart, DNA barcoding of the species found in the State will also be taken up. Generally, the barcoding is done to determine if the species belongs to a particular area.

So far, a total of 150 species, including 56 higher plants, 11 fishes, two amphibians, 36 reptiles, 23 birds and 22 mammals, in the State had been categorised as endangered. This was revealed during a project undertaken by C Srinivasulu, Assistant Professor of Zoology department, and his team.

The project report pointed out that most of the plant species assessed were mainly threatened by habitat loss, overcollection for medicinal purposes and livestock grazing. In the case of mammalian diversity, it was due to habitat loss, fragmentation, encroachment of habitat by humans, hunting and pet trade.

The new study will be taken up through the upcoming Centre for Bio-diversity and Conservation Studies on the campus for which foundation stone will be laid on Wednesday.

It is one among the five centres of excellence that the university is establishing through grants received under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) 2.0. The other centres are Microbial Fermentation Technology,

Prototyping and Testing of Industrial Products, Cyber Security and Cyber Law and Centre for Telangana Studies. The varsity recently inaugurated Dr BR Ambedkar Research Centre. The OU is among the 10 universities in the country to be selected for grant to the tune of Rs 100 crore under RUSA 2.0.

“The study on Telangana biodiversity will commence soon. Apart from distribution, mapping of Telangana biodiversity will also be done,” Srinivasulu told Telangana Today.

OU clicks into online education

Hyderabad: The 100-year-old Osmania University is set to foray into online education mode and has decided to offer two programmes from this year.

Cashing in on the demanding for expertise in emerging technologies, the administration has decided to offer PG diploma in Data Science, and PG Diploma in Cyber Security and Cyber Laws through the distance mode.

The programmes will be for one year duration with two semesters and comprise material, including videos, text, questions and self-tests as well.

The video content will be generated through the Educational Multimedia Research Centre, a unit of the varsity.

“It is a new era in the OU. In tune with demand and trend, the varsity has decided to offer online programmes. The work was being done from last months and recently the UGC gave the nod for online programmes,” OU Vice-Chancellor Prof S Ramachandram told reporters on Tuesday.

Sets up Endowment Trust

Prof Ramachandram said the university has established OU Endowment Trust and registration for the same has been completed. He said several members of the alumni were willing to donate funds to the university and the Trust will facilitate the donations.

The funds received by the Trust will be used for developmental activities on the campus, he said.

800 PhDs, 292 gold medals to be awarded at 80th convocation

Hyderabad: The 80th convocation of Osmania University is expected to be spread over seven hours as 800 PhD degrees and 292 gold medals have to be awarded during the ceremony, which is scheduled to be held at Tagore Auditorium on June 17.

The convocation, which is being held after a gap of six years, will commence at 9 am and participants have been asked to take their seats by 8 am.

As a large number of PhDs and gold medals have to be awarded, the ceremony is expected to take seven hours, OU Vice-Chancellor, Prof S Ramachandram said here on Tuesday.

A total of 2,896 PhD holders are eligible for award of degrees, of which 1,800 have already received their degrees in absentia. Among the remaining, so far, 673 candidates have registered for taking the PhDs in person.

Addressing the media, Prof Ramachandram said 800 candidates, who completed their PhDs, were expected to apply for the convocation. About 1,100 students, including PhD holders and gold medalists, were expected to take part in the ceremony, he said.

Governor and Chancellor of OU, ESL Narasimhan, will present the gold medals to the students. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology director Dr S Chandrasekhar will also attend the ceremony.

The VC urged participants to download their entry passes from the website from June 12 to 14 and collect invitation cards from the examination branch on June 15. Participants should avoid carrying their mobile phones and one person would be allowed to accompany a gold medalist, he said.

Stating that about 1,400 persons could be accommodated in the auditorium, Prof Ramachandram said parents of participants would be seated outside the auditorium in a special arrangement with digital screens.

“The auditorium cannot accommodate everyone. So waterproof pandals will be set up outside the auditorium and parents can sit there,” he said.

The live webcast of the convocation can be viewed through http://OU80thconvocation.live.streams9.in.

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