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HyderabadUniversity of Hyderabad plans to offer new age courses

University of Hyderabad plans to offer new age courses

Published: 29th Sep 2021 11:12 pm

Hyderabad: With more than 35 years of experience in teaching and research to his credit, Prof Basuthkar Jagadeeshwar Rao has recently assumed charge as Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad (UoH).

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Earlier, he worked as a senior professor, chair of biology, dean-faculty, at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. In an interaction, Prof Rao shares his plans for the UoH for the next five years, new courses and more with Telangana Today.

About the University of Hyderabad

Very good academics and research activities are happening at the university that can outreach to the society in a meaningful manner. In addition, we are entering into the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 implementation and also efficiently trying to do Institutions of Eminence (IoE) participation. About two to three years from now, the university will have golden jubilee celebrations. After the lockdown and all, students are trickling back and we are expecting all students till the 2020 batch, to be back in the campus by mid of October.

Plans for the next five years

Three main goals are in the offing: implement new NEP in a phased manner, get into full bloom of IoE programmes, and get ready for full-scale students’ entry into the system where the university is opened in its full glory.

New courses as part of the NEP

There will be plenty of new courses, which will be multi-disciplinary and such courses are the call of the hour. For example, I think of courses between linguistics and computational, Sanskrit, grammar and computational, chemical-biology (chemistry and biology), and physics of biological systems (physics and biology). There are many courses one could design where content is extracted from various branches of knowledge. One of the goals of multi-disciplinary education system is to train students who can think out of the box.

Update on IoE

As part of the IoE, research infrastructure and other infrastructure facilities have been upgraded and we are trying to internationalise our efforts with course curricula where even international students and faculty can participate. We want to promote excellence on a global scale. We are thinking of courses in various disciplines and also generate a model where using our knowledge resources we should be able to generate revenue.

Slip in UoH’s NIRF rankings 2021

This is a matter of some concern and we have taken note of it. We are trying to evolve methods to mitigate the setbacks by identifying the areas in the matrix system where we have slipped a little bit. We have recently done an exercise to pin down and rectify which part of the matrix we have slipped. Across the boards, we will strive to achieve high-quality publications, good visibility at a global level, and infrastructure so that perception of the university in the society and world also improves.

Plans for online courses

Online courses are the mainstay these days. Even when all our students are back, we do want to offer courses. We want to globally connect and we have capabilities as well. Therefore, we will offer online courses for certain modules and it is likely that such courses may increase while the university is doing in-presence classes on the campus.

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