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UoH is now a varsity with excellence

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UoH is Now A Varsity With Excellence. A visually-challenged man getting a Ph D, faculty vying with the students in getting medals, eminent personalities mingling with the graduating students marked the fifteenth convocation of University of Hyderabad, which was held on Tuesday in Hyderabad amidst glowing faces, happy exchanges and rather emotional bonding among all.

  • Focus on research to continue: VC
  • Awards for faculty in research instituted
  • XV convocation held, webcast for the first time

A visually-challenged man getting a Ph D, faculty vying with the students in getting medals, eminent personalities mingling with the graduating students marked the fifteenth convocation of University of Hyderabad, which was held on Tuesday in Hyderabad amidst glowing faces, happy exchanges and rather emotional bonding among all.

A total of 1400 people have passed out in their masters and as many as 95 studious and brilliant chaps were given away gold medals. 140 Ph Ds were also awarded, which is more than that of last few years.

Asilety Nagaraju, a visually-challenged scholar has received PhD in Telugu and this is the first time in the history of the varsity that a PhD was awarded to a visually-disabled man.

The convocation, which was webcast live for the first time, has begun with the conferment of honoris causa to Professor Sir Michael Victor Berry, world renowned physicist, Professor Andre Beteille, eminent sociologist and anthropologist, Professor Satish Chandra Maheshwari, scientist in Botany Dr. KG Subramanyan, scholar and artist. Noted political activist Aruna Roy was also presented the D Litt in absentia.


For the first time the University instituted and presented the Chancellor’s Awards to five young faculty, in recognition of their overall contribution to the university in various spheres that include research, teaching and mentoring of students.

Dr. R Balamurugan of the School of Chemistry for his research in the area of Catalysis and Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Dr. Aparna Devare of the Department of Political Science, for her work on the dynamics of politics and political formations during the colonial period; Dr. Surajit Dhara of the School of Physics for his research in the area of experimental soft condensed matter physics; Dr. Amit Kumar Mishra of Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, for his research work on emigration of Indian workers to plantation enclaves during the colonial period and Dr. Pammi Pavan Kumar of the Department of Telugu for his research contributions in Telugu linguistics- were chosen for this year.

Presenting his report, Prof. Ramaswamy Ramakrishnan, Vice Chancellor announced that the university will continue to focus on research in fundamental sciences and humanities in a great deal in the years come. “In the past month, in recognition of the fact that twice the UGC has declared us to be a University with the potential for excellence; we are now designated simply as University of Excellence”, he added.

Prof. T V Ramakrishnan, Professor Emeritus, BHU, Varanasi in his convocation address stressed the need to reduce the number of affiliated colleges of universities so that the varsities can concentrate more on academic work rather than administrative work.

“A recent release from MHRD says that the average number of colleges per university is about 300. Some varsities like Osmania and Pune have a whopping 901 affiliated colleges. RUSA, which was announced recently, aims to reduce the number of affiliated colleges per varsity to 200.

My preference is zero” he felt. Universities in our country should grow in the image of real varsities, he averred.

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