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|Osmania University VC reviews issues plaguing 100-year-old varsity
hyderabad,Aug 8 The Osmania University is all set to bolster linkages with the industry to facilitate placements, internships for students by tying up with bodies such as T-Hub.
The decision was taken during a review meeting held by Arvind Kumar, the new in-charge vice-chancellor of OU in the administrative building on Wednesday. During the meeting, the VC recalled his studies in overseas and suggested that the university should leverage information technology to access global resources for students.
He further added that the up keep, maintenance and landscaping should be of the varsity should be taken more intensely and stated that he would direct the department under his purview to help the administration to do the same.
"Issues and concerns regarding faculty shortage, funding and infrastructure should be addressed in a phased manner," said Kumar.
He also sought information on coaching for entrance to civil services, GRE, TOFEL, IELTS etc. He directed all the officials present to submit a short note on their respective units by this weekend.
|Dost special admission notification by July end
Hyderabad,Jul 11 The Degree Online Services, Telangana (DOST) special phase admission notification will be available on the website https://dost.cgg.gov.in after announcement of the results of the Intermediate Public Advanced Supplementary Examinations later this month.
Fresh registrations will be allowed during the special phase admissions and candidates can exercise web options seeking seats in the degree courses. Students who confirmed their seat and want to join in a better course and college can also opt for special phase admissions and exercise web options.
According to details released by the Telangana State Council of Higher Education here on Wednesday, 2,947 students opted for course change in the intra college counselling and of them, 2,344 were allotted seats. Students who got seats in intra-college phase will receive an SMS regarding their allotment. Such students should inform the college and submit the new allotment order, said Professor R Limbadri, Convener, DOST and vice-chairman, TSCHE.
So far, 1,19,109 seats were filled up of 3,83,514 that were available in various degree colleges in the State. After three rounds of counselling, 29,693 vacancies were filled up in government degree colleges, while in university-autonomous and university colleges, 2,080 and 469 students were admitted respectively. Among different managements, the private colleges got highest share of students with 79,562 enrollments so far.
Going by university-wise admissions, with 47,487 enrollments, colleges under Osmania University had the highest number of enrollments followed by 32,198 candidates joining various colleges affiliated to Kakatiya University.
Satavahana University had 14,392 admissions, Telangana University had 9,683, Palamuru University had 9,011 and Mahatma Gandhi University had 6,321 admissions.
|OU Asked For Original Phd Mark Sheets
hyderabad,Jul 10 With several discrepancies found in the marks awarded by interviewers for admission into PhD courses in the engineering subjects offered by the Osmania University (OU), the Telangana High Court directed OU officials to submit the original marks sheets of the PhD eligibility test, particularly the marks allotted to students by the interviewers.
Justice A. Rajasheker Reddy was dealing with the petition filed by two students who int-ended to pursue their PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, alleging that the university had allotted marks to candidates who were absent for the interview to help them secure admission.
They alleged that the interview marks were altered at the time of declaration of admission results. Counsel for the petitioners Abhishek Reddy submitted that a perusal of the interview mark sheets revealed overwriting and manipulation.
"Examination of the original interview evaluation sheet of the Departmental Research Committee, which consists of six members, will uncover all the manipulation that the department is guilty of," he submitted to the court. Refuting the explanation of university counsel, who said there were no discrepancies in awarding the interview marks, the court directed the university to submit the original marks secured by all candidates for the EEE stream.
The court sensed prima facie misconduct in this issue and warned the university that it would refer the issue to the CBI for inquiry. The case was adjourned to July 15 for submissi-on of the original marksheets.
|Osmania University to get 1,379 hotspots on campus under Digital India project
hyderabad,Jul 2 The Osmania University is one of the five universities in the country where ICT infrastructure worth of Rs 15 crore for WiFi is being set-up as part of Digital India project.
On the occasion of fourth anniversary celebrations of ‘Digital India’ program, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minster for ministry of electronics & information technology and law affairs, government of India formally launched the Wi-Fi services at Osmania University, Hyderabad along with North Eastern Hill University, Shillong on Monday.
According to a press release issued by the university, as many as 1,379 hotspots covering 113 administrative and academic buildings will be setup. The new infrastructure is likely to benefit over 12,000 students, scholars, faculty and staff of university campus to access e-books, online libraries and journals, open education resources and study material available globally.
This is one of the programmes of Digital India initiative for transforming India into digitally empowered society by ensuring digital, access, digital services, digital communication and bridging the digital divide through effective utilization ICT facilities through hi-speed broad band enabled digital services.
|TS allows lateral entry for integrated MBA students
hyderabad,Apr 1 Giving relief to students of the integrated MBA course in the state, the Telangana government recently issued an order where it removed the barriers for lateral entry and smoothened the process of leaving the course after three years of study. The Telangana state higher education council will take necessary action in this regard soon and it is likely that it will be implemented from the next academic year.
As per the GO dated 22nd March, there will be an exit option at the third year in integrated MBA for the award of BBA degree and lateral entry admissions can be done into the MBA as per the norms of the AICTE and UGC. In most central universities, this has been implemented in accordance with UGC orders. This will be followed in state run business schools as well now.
Students and business schools welcome this step as it allows flexibility for them to leave the course with a graduate degree; they can change the course if required. Shrinivas Acharya T, executive council member, South of Association of Indian Management Schools, said, "This is a great relief to students who wish to take the exit option for a job or higher education in premier institutions in India or abroad. It is also advantageous for institutions to fill vacant seats caused on account of such exit options at the end of 3 years through the lateral entry mode.
It can be mentioned here that as per the UGC Gazette Notification, 2014, the UGC also provides for such an exit option in all dual degree or integrated programs. The scheme specifically states that integrated programs can be offered by colleges and if the integrated program intends to offer a single degree without permission to exit / lateral entry, the program duration may be relaxed by not more than 20% of the total of prescribed duration of the two degrees that are being combined to make a single integrated degree.
|BR.Ambedkar open university V.C.Inaugurated Cultural And Sports Meet
hyderabad,Apr 1 Prof. K. Seetharama Rao, Vice-Chancellor, of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) today Inaugurated “Cultural & Sports Meet” in connection with Dr. B. R. Ambedkar 127 th Birthday Celebrations at its campus, Jubilee Hills, on a grand scale.
Prof. A.Sudhakar, Director (Academic), BRAOU and Prof. C. Venkataiah, Registrar, BRAOU was the Guests of Honor. All Directors, Deans, Heads of the Branches, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff Members participated in the Inauguration function.
K. Prem Kumar President, NTEA, G.S.C. Kumar, General Secretary, NTEA, and other Office bearers Co-ordinated the event.
|Osmania University reels under acute shortage of funds
hyderabad,Mar 28 The Osmania University (OU) is reeling under acute shortage of funds as the budget deficit increased from Rs 63.18 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 75.01 crore in 2019-20. This was declared during the academic senate meeting held on Wednesday.
While presenting the budget for the academic year 2019-20, K Shankaraiah, dean, faculty of commerce said – “In spite of pooling in resources available such as the exam fee fund account, interest earned on pension corpus fund, affiliations, university foreign relations account, PGRRCDE account, self-finance courses account and directorate of admission account etc. there is still a shortfall of Rs 75.01 crore as against the total expenditure of Rs 617.66 crore on pay allowances, pensions and maintenance expenditure.”
The budget deficit has been on the rise for the last four years. While the budget deficit was to the tune of Rs 47.18 crore in 2016-17, it increased to Rs 75.01 crore for the ensuing academic year, thereby affecting academic and infrastructural development of the university.
|Osmania University to take legal action against AISF
hyderabad,Mar 21 Osmania University (OU) on Friday decided to take legal action against a student union for putting up posters against the vice-chancellor.
The varsity officials, vide a release, announced that they are planning to take legal opinion and accordingly legal action will be initiated against a particular student organisation which has put up posters against the VC which are defamatory in nature.
Top officials of OU, senior professors rallied round the Vice Chancellor and denounced the poster which has surfaced on the campus against him.
At an emergency meeting, they took a unanimous resolution condemning the poster released by All India Students Federation (AISF) organisation of University. They further said that the VC has been proactive in initiating several academic and administrative measures after the University witnessed a leadership vacuum.
"In certain cases, the University must take due diligence before taking any decision and there could be a delay in administrative action. There cannot be instant solutions to certain vexatious issues," read the circular.
|Osmania University to geo tag all exam centers
hyderabad,Feb 11 The vexatious task of trying to locate their centre just before the exam, wasting precious time, will soon be a thing of the past for degree students. Osmania University (OU) decided to adopt technology and geo-tag in-formation of centres on the hall ticket itself, offering a major reprieve to the students.
The university is developing a new system to geo-tag all colleges under its ambit and integrate the same with the examination system, which will be also made available for Degree Online Services, Telangana, (DOST) for admissions into degree courses. The decision was taken in a recent meeting convened by Telangana State Council of Higher Education with universities' registrars.
A total of 434 colleges including government, aided and private unaided are affiliated to the university, of which examination centres are allotted in about 200 for semester exams. Apart from helping the students save time and energy, the new system is also expected to curb the practice of managements shifting colleges to new locations without the university's approval.
Recently, during an OU semester examination, some degree students were allot-ted a centre in a private degree college at Dilsukhnagar. But, it was not operating from the designated place and subsequent enquiries traced it to Medchal. Students at times get confused with same college names located in different areas, which the new system will prevent.
"Soon the process of geo-tagging colleges will commence. This will be integrated with the examination system and hall tickets will be issued online with geo-tagged information. This will be use-ful for students as they can easily locate centres and colleges," an official said. Also, the geo-tag technology will also come handy for authorities during inspections of the colleges, he added.
|Degree admission process to be entirely online in Telangana
hyderabad,Feb 7 Entire process for admission to degree courses in Telangana will be online from the ensuing academic year. The decision about the same was taken during preparatory meeting held by the Telangana State Council of Higher Education on degree online services Telangana (DOST).
In view of various problems faced during DOST-2018, the TSCHE took some key decisions. "The entire process will be online till the final phase. The students need not visit respective colleges for confirmation. The students shall confirm online and visit the college on the first day of instruction," read the press release issued by TSCHE.
This year, the registration time will be reduced and results data of Central Board of Secondary Education and other boards will be captured directly from the respective boards. "The students will pay the college pay online at the time of online admission process," read the press release.
Detailed process of online admissions will be declared on the day when the intermediate board results will be announced.
|Osmania University to guide Govt Degree Colleges for NAAC
hyderabad,Feb 7 The Osmania University which received an A plus grade of the National As-sessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has decided to provide its assis-tance to five government degree colleges in obtaining the grade.
The varsity administration has identified 10 government degree colleges across the State and five were zeroed in. Assistance will be given in seven areas including curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research, consultancy and extension, in-frastructure and learning re-sources, student support and progression, governance, leadership and management and innovation and best practices.
"Several government degree colleges have good infrastructure and what they require is a little assistance which the university will be give. Getting a grade of the NAAC will help colleges tap grants from various funding agencies of government," said Professor C Venugopal Rao, Director, Academic Audit Cell, OU. The university would also assist potential private degree colleges.
|Osmania University celebrating the centenary of its History department
hyderabad,Feb 7 Osmania University is celebrating the centenary of its History department by hosting the 39th South Indian History Congress. The History department is giving greater importance to the history of Telangana. Says Professor Arjun Rao,head of the department,"Research scholars are now concentrating on the historical aspects of Telangana in the medieval and modern periods”.
The new findings of the new Buddhist sites need to be studied. The new folklore and stories of Telangana that are being told need to be researched and authenticated. Hence the thrust is on looking back at these aspects and creating a data base.
" Recently, after a long time, the History department had a placement in a corporate company for documentation of historical evidence. This has boosted the morale of the department as there is an opportunity for jobs in the corporate sector apart from academia and tourism where most history graduates find employment.
|Osmania University gets 20cr to set up Telangana study centre
hyderabad,Feb 7 Osmania University has received the first instalment of ‘20 crore under the central government's Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan for the creation and facilitation of the Centre for Telangana Studies. The centre will evaluate the various schemes of the government and analyze the impact of the schemes. Social, cultural, political, scientific, urban and rural development and conservation studies will be taken up of the state.
Professor R Rama chandram, vice-chancellor of Osmania University, explained, 'The centre will tabulate data and assess ground realities and become a link of advisory for the government in various policy measures. The social, scientific, technological aspects which are going to drive our economy and the evaluation of human resources will be carried out by the centre.
This data analytics will help the government with authentic inputs on where they need to improve and work towards better impact." The Centre has set parameters for evaluating University's work before releasing further funds.
|Osmania University is hosting the 39th annual session of South Indian History Congress
hyderabad,Feb 5 Department of History, Osmania University (OU) is hosting the 39th annual session of South Indian History Congress at its campus from February 8 to 10. Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment will preside over the meet on the inaugural day.
K Arjun Rao, Head, Department of History at Osmania University, who is also the local secretary for the South Indian History Congress, said: "Over 2,000 delegates are expected to take part in the three day event where 500-odd research articles from political, socio-economic, cultural, religion and histography disciplines are to be presented.
" The Department of History is celebrating its centenary in 2019. Meanwhile, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is offering short-term courses in Photography (10 days), Videography (10 days), Television Presentation and News Anchoring (10 days), Public Relations (15 days) and Writing for Digital Media (10 days).
Classes are scheduled to start from February 6 with a fee of Rs 3,500 per course and the timings are between 2 pm and 5 pm and 6 pm and 8 pm.
|Research competition for Govt. Degree College students
hyderabad,Feb 1 To inculcate inquisitive exploration and expose various aspects of research, Jignasa, a student study projects competition is being organised for students of government degree colleges across the State by the Department of Collegiate Education from February 4 and 5.
The programme allows students to choose various topics of research in 15 subjects, including life sciences and social science and pres-ent their innovative projects. A total of 378 projects were received from 132 government degree colleges, of which 186 were selected for exhibition at State level.
The projects will be evaluated by an expert panel from Osmania University and Dr. BR Ambedkar University among other varsi-ties. Cash prize of Rs 25,000 and Rs 18,000 would be given to students who bag first and second prize for projects.
|OU Clarifies rumours on Examinations
hyderabad,Jan 23 Osmania University on Tuesday said it was not mandatory for students to write their examinations with black ball point pen and blue pen can also be used. The clarification from the university came as a message that it was compulsory to write the examinations with black ball pen else answer scripts would not be evaluated, went viral on the social media.
In a press release, the university administration said that though each answer script had instructions to write in black ball point only, students could also use blue ball point pen and such scripts would be evaluated. "There are some miscreants who are deliberately creating confusion as the university embarked on examination reforms," it said and appealed students not to believe such rumours.
|Confusion over OU PhD admissions
hyderabad,Jan 22 Admission to PhD courses in the 100-year-old Osmania University have once again run into controversy. And this time, it is reportedly under pressure from aspirants. The Department of Business Management, University College of Commerce and Business Management, Osmania University, added 19 candidates to the second merit list, against four per-mitted vacancies. This has now snowballed into a controversy and has cast a shadow on PhD admissions to other departments as well.
Close to 400 applications were received from candidates seeking admission to the PhD course. The PhD selection committee, which scrutinized applications and held interviews of the candidates, had sent the first list to the university.
The issue began with the university announcing the first list with about 70 candidates being admitted to the PhD programme. Aggrieved over not getting admission, several aspirants and some student leaders approached the administration alleging discrepancies in the seat allotment.
The varsity authorities constituted a grievance committee, which recommended four admissions over and above the first merit list. Taking this as a shot in the arm, the aspirants reportedly pressured members of the PhD selection committee for admission.
|Osmania University launches PhD thesis online monitoring system
hyderabad,Dec 5 The examination branch of the Osmania University launched the PhD thesis online monitoring system on Monday which will help research scholars and supervisors know the status of thesis evaluation from time to time after securing a user ID and password.
After completing the research work, the PhD scholars have to submit the thesis for evaluation along with a soft copy of the synopsis and the thesis in the PDF format after plagiarism check to the confidential section of the examination branch.
According to a press release issued by the OU, through the website, the time consuming process is reduced, postage delay is addressed, reduces use of paper stationary and students visits to the examination branch for updates. While the supervisors can concentrate on other works, scholars can plan career in advance.
"The new online status monitoring system will come into force from December 15. The Osmania University is the first to introduce such a system in Telangana," read the press release, adding that students can start submitting their thesis from December 15.
It may be noted that the process is just an initiative to bring in a few more changes in the examination and evaluation process. It also aims at promoting team work on the part of the examination branch officials and staff and university administration.
|OU stands 34th in QS rankings
hyderabad,Oct 16 Osmania University has made it to 39th position among the top 75 ranked higher education institutions in the country. The varsity considers this an achievement as there have been 19 new entrants this year. The 2019 QS India University Rankings was released on October 15, 2018 in Delhi.
Osmania has climbed from 76th position in 2014-15 to 39th. The university has scored maximum points in number of staff with PhDs (university and India median score being 77.5), papers per faculty (university score 6.6 against India median score of 5.8), and international student ratio (university score 8 against India median score of 1.1).
Its weaknesses are faculty student ratio, citations per paper, and lack of International faculty. Prof S. Ramachandram, Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University, congratulated all stakeholders for consistent performance and has expressed his concern over institutional weak-nesses and plans to take necessary steps to over-come them to ensure bet-ter performance in figure.
|Osmania University relaxes rules in credit system
hyderabad,Oct 13 After receiving several requests from engineering students, Osmania University has decreased the number of credits to be earned for promotion to the next academic year but refused to scarp the detention system.
The university said that a student would be detained on failing to earn more than 50 percent of total credits for the year. The relaxation of nine credits given last year has been continued this year as well. 'A student might have backlogs in any of the preceding years. This comes to 12 subjects of three credits each. If such a candidate is promoted, the candidate has to undergo the study of eight subjects making a total of 20 subjects to be cleared which makes the job of the student much more difficult."
OU Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandram said further relaxation would not only harm the students but also the university which has ranked among the top 10. The placement record has improved, but it would be affected with further tinkering with the detention policy. The university denied the allegation of students that there were large scale detentions during the last academic year under the Choice Based Credit system.
Of the total 18,947 students, only 8.4 per cent had been detained. It said that most of the detained students were those who had got admission in affiliated colleges under management quota.
|Osmania University launched an online information system
hyderabad,Sep 29 Osmania University has launched an online information system, after the success of online evaluation of MBA scripts and automating the process for obtaining certificates. The system introduced in the University College of Arts and Social Sciences would be extended to all colleges. Inaugurating the web portal designed to meet the needs of colleges, Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandram said it would help in improving efficiency.
Stating that the administration can instantly access student information, he said the system would eliminate paper work. Students can pay fee and access the portal for various purposes like obtaining a transfer and bonafide certificates. Information of the students has been uploaded on to the portal.
|Osmania University signed a MoU with Lincoln University
hyderabad,Sep 25 Osmania University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lincoln University College (LUC), one of the premier institutions of higher education in Malaysia for re-search, faculty exchange and dual degree programmes, according to a press release. Dr Amiya Bhaumik, Vice-Chancellor, and LUC CEO met Prof S Ramachandram, Vice-Chancellor, OU, and Registrar Prof Gopal Reddy at Osmania University on Sunday to finalise the areas of collaboration.
In addition, LUC will collaborate with Osmania University for PhD supervisors, research scholars, international conferences and symposia in Malaysia and India. Lincoln University was awarded 'The Certificate of Five Star Setara-2017' by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. It is also an associate member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Commonwealth Universi-ties London and a member of International Association of Universities, Paris.
|90% students take OU pre-PhD exam
Hyderabad,Sep 8 About 90 per cent students appeared for the pre-PhD course work examination that was conducted by the Osmania University on Fri- day. Of1,700 registered candidates in all faculties, 1,520 appeared for the exam.
OU Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandram, Registrar Prof. Ch Gopal Reddy, OSD Prof. T Krishna Rao and senior officials visited the exam venues while the in- vigilators and squad members maintained a tight vigil.
While there was an element of uncertainty due to the boycott call given by the student organizations protesting against the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly, students arrived early for the examination, the varsity in a release said, adding that in the pre-lunch session a section of students hers had urged the authorities to postpone the examination. The pre-Phd exam is mandatory for students before they submit their doctoral thesis.
|Osmania University convacation in October
Hyderabad,Aug 10 The Osmania University will hold convocation in October and accordingly the varsity authorities on
Thursday net Governor ESL Narasimhan who is also Chancellor of the varsity seeking his appointment. The varsity has proposed to conduct convocation either on October 4, 5 or 6. "The Governor has asked us to send a proposal and the varsity will send the same in couple of days. Later on, a date will be finalized," a senior official said.
The convocation ceremony is likely to be a low key affair. Ministers and political leaders may not get an invite from the administration. The university is planning to invite Tata Group, Chairman, N Chandra sekaran or Indian Space Research Organization, Chairman, K Sivan or University Grants Com- mission (UGC), Chairman Prof DP Singh as the chief guest for the ceremony.
The varsity administration is making arrangements for holding the event at recently renovated Tagore Auditorium. About 1,600 candidates are likely to be awarded PhD degrees during the convocation. The administration is also planning to present about 600 gold medals for students who secured merit in their respective streams. "Now on, the convocation will be held every year as per the UGC guide lines," a senior official said.
|OU launches online evaluation for PG Exams
hyderabad,Jul 19 Osmania University has switched to online evaluation of answer scripts of post graduate examinations. The varsity has put in place the process for online evaluation of 80,000 answer scripts of the MBA second semester examination to start with. The new process was introduced after a fire in a storeroom which destroyed hundreds of answer scripts.Coded and scanned answer scripts will be put up online and access will be given to the designated evaluation centres that will come up within the university campus.
The university has tied up with an external firm to barcode and scan the answer scripts which will be uploaded on the dedicated server at the data centre located in the Central Facilities for Research and Development. Using a special ID, password and OTP, evaluators can access the 32-page answer scripts, evaluate them and award marks. The marks will be totalled automatically by the system and sent to the main server. Each evaluator would get between 30 and 60 answer scripts in phases daily.
OU vice-chancellor Prof. S. Ramachand ram said, "Online evaluation would be extended to all undergraduate and post-graduate courses. The administration is of the view that online evaluation would help the university announce results faster, without errors, and curb malpractices." He said the new sys-tem would help the varsity retrieve information quickly, unlike in the traditional evaluation system. Prot Kumar M., controller of examinations, OU, said. "In the manual evaluation system, every answer script had to be coded by professionals who are few in number. It was time consuming. OU will be the first in the state to introduce the online evaluation system."
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