Haryana Governor Dattatreya visits Osmania University

Hyderabad: Governor of Haryana Bandaru Dattatreya visited Osmania University to interact with the administrative officers of the University in connection with the NIRF 2022 ranking achievement by the University. During his interaction, he recalled that the historic Osmania University has provided leadership in many fields, including a prime minister.

Prof. M. Srinivas,  IQAC Director presented in detail the factors that contributed to the 22nd rank achieved in the NIRF at the national level by the University.

 Bandaru Dattatreya expressed his happiness about this achievement of the University and as a proud alumnus, he has come to congratulate the OU administration for this achievement. He urged all the Osmania faculty to take inspiration from IIT Ramaiah and train the students to achieve great heights. Though wrought with fewer funds and facilities he urged the University to compete with the private sector. He said that if everyone worked together, it would not be long before the University would be recognized as the best in the world. With the National Education Policy by the central government, the education system in India is going to progress in the right direction.

He also emphasized that DPRs for various developmental projects should be prepared and funding for them should be raised through various means including corporate social responsibility. He said that it is a good sign that universities like Osmania, where students from various backgrounds study, are doing well. It has been suggested that the respective departments should look into the opportunities available in the private sector.  Dattatreya also appreciated the fact that women are excelling in education and research.

‘Governments should give utmost priority to state-funded universities’ urged Prof. D. Ravinder, Vice-Chancellor. He echoed the opinion of  Dattatreya who explained that radical changes are possible only through increasing technological knowledge, research and innovation, and steps are being taken in these directions by the present administration. The university has achieved this position in the national level ranking only by working together on Agenda 21 and hoped that the entire OU machinery would work together to retain the top position in the NIRF ranking in the future.

‘The right leadership of the Vice-Chancellor is steering the university administration and other staff on the path of reform, perform and transform’ said Prof. P. Laxminarayana, Registrar of the University.

This programme was attended by the Deans, Principals, Directors, Heads of the Departments, Chairpersons of the Boards of Studies, faculty, and administrative officers of the university. (INN)

Osmania University – amongst top 25 best universities in India

Hyderabad: The National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 (NIRF 2022) results were released today by Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi.

Osmania University has been ranked 22nd in the Universities category and 46th in the Overall category. Osmania University retained its position as the best  State University in Telangana.

‘This is a good sign that Osmania University has been ranked amongst the top universities in India…this ranking is an improvement over the last year, and will boost the image and perception amongst the stakeholders’ remarked Prof D Ravinder Vice-Chancellor of the University.

He congratulated all the faculty, research scholars, students and other stakeholders for this achievement.Similarly, the University College of Engineering too has performed well in the Engineering Colleges category. It has been ranked 117. (INN)

OU declares holidays till July 16, postpones exams

Hyderabad: Following the memo issued by the Government of Telangana on Wednesday, Osmania University has declared holidays to all the colleges under its jurisdiction from 14th to 16th July.Furthermore, the university informed that all the examinations scheduled from 14th July to 16th July have been postponed and the rescheduled timetable for these postponed examinations will be made available on OU website in due course of time. (INN)

Osmania University: New UG and PG programs in Engineering get statutory recognition

Hyderabad: Two new UG self-financed programs in Mining Engineering and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and one PG program in Mining  Engineering commenced by the prestigious University College of Engineering of Osmania University have been recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.

“This recognition is important and mandatory for us, as these recognised courses are in demand,” said Prof Sriram Venkatesh Principal of the college.

The AICTE has also permitted to increase the student intake from 50 to 60 in BE Electronics and Communication Engineering, he added.

The college has also received the extension of approvals for all existing 6 UG and 18 PG programs.

Prof D Ravinder Vice-Chancellor of the university congratulated all stakeholders and hoped that the college is going to achieve its set goals in providing world-class learning opportunities to the students.

“The approval and recognition of the new ME program will ensure AICTE scholarship for GATE qualified students,” remarked Prof Sriram Venkatesh. (INN)

OU Vice-Chancellor asks faculty to focus on obtaining patents

Hyderabad: Osmania University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dandeboyna Ravinder called upon the faculty to focus on obtaining patents.

“Even if each of the professors obtains a patent the University would have at least 500 patents of its own. Collaborative research involving the students and researchers across domains is the need of the hour and this will increase the presence of the University in the domain of multidisciplinary research for which the basic facilities are available in the University and further facilities would be established. Further, the Vice-Chancellor appealed to the faculty members to do collaborative research with eminent researchers available locally in national institutes including the University of Hyderabad, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, National Institute for Nutrition, and Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. He expressed his views along with the faculty of the University while sharing his learning and experiences gained during his recent month-long visit to the US covering 10 cities,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

He said that the global alumni, especially those settled in North America, are more than willing to help Osmania University, their alma mater, to achieve global standards in more than one way.

While interacting with the faculty, the Vice-Chancellor appealed to them to work together to build the image of the University as the global alumni too are putting their efforts in this direction. He reiterated that there is no dearth in research funding and encouraged more and more faculty to acquire the same enabling greater participation of scholars and students in research activities. He also encouraged the faculty on a contract basis to explore the possibilities for writing joint research projects along with the regular faculty to prove their mettle.The Vice-Chancellor has addressed more than 400 teachers today at Tagore Auditorium in which the Registrar Prof. P. Lakshminarayana, OSD to VC Prof. Redyanaik, Deans of the faculties, Principals of the colleges, Directors, Heads of the departments, and other teaching staff members participated. (INN)

OU VC launches TechnOsmani 2022, asks students to come with fresh ideas

Hyderabad: Osmania University Vice Chancellor Prof Dandeboina Ravinder called on students to come forward with fresh ideas and innovations. 

He launched the TechnOsmania 2022 program, organized by the University College of Technology on the campus.  “We place the highest priority on alumni participation in university development, not just fundraising, but to share their knowledge with today’s students.  Entrepreneurs who have studied here and climbed high peaks, scientists in various fields, economists and sociologists are urged to take part in the development of OU” he shared. The university has adopted the slogan ‘Reform, Performance, Transform’ , he added.

“The students must share the ideas with the varsity which would then help in scaling them up to innovative contemporary solutions.  As the culture, tradition and food patterns of Telangana festivals are imbued, Osmania students’ festivals are directed to be a platform for new ideas and innovations,” he said. 

Rajahmundry Reddy, General Secretary, OU Technology Alumni Association, said that such festivals would contribute to a holistic understanding of Telangana culture and society among the students. 

Arvind Kumar, CEO of Bhagiratha Chemical Industries, shared that students have wonderful opportunities in the chemical industry.  Students are advised to develop the skills required for the industries.

Prof. Chinta Sailu, Principal, College of Technology, said that every student should prove himself.  Many alumni, college faculty, and alumni participated in the event. (INN)

Think innovatively to reduce water usage – Bharat Lal on OU Foundation Day

Hyderabad: The 105th Foundation Day of Osmania University was celebrated today in the historic Tagore Auditorium.

Prof. D. Ravinder, Vice-Chancellor of the university has presented a brief on the various developmental activities and achievements of the university. “We would institutionalize the foundation day celebrations through regular conduct of annual foundation day lecture,” he said. The University has evolved a strategic framework to scale greater heights of academic excellence. The University administration has been making untiring efforts to usher in a new ethos in the academia. To excel academically, the university needs to develop a 360 degrees angle approach. To achieve this, the university has developed a 21-point program for its overall development. Thirty percent of the goals set under this program have been achieved including some like the establishment of the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC) and Civil Services Academy. With the government announcing recruitment in various sectors many students are showing interest in attending classes being conducted under the aegis of the Civil Services Academy.

Prof. Ravinder informed that the University has prepared proposals for the establishment of the following new centers and facilities in the coming years including new Central Facilities for Research and Development for Engineering and Technology and for Humanities, a separate Reading Room Complex for Boys and Girls, Nature Interpretation Centre under Biodiversity Park, and modernization of university library and sports facilities.

Speaking on this occasion, B. Vinod Kumar, Vice-Chairman, Telangana State Planning Board, Government of Telangana has appreciated the progress made on various fronts by the University. He bestowed the responsibility on the university administration to encourage positive politics among the student community.  Lauding the state government to have set focus on the health and education sectors, he has requested the Vice-Chancellors of all the state universities to take necessary steps to fill up the vacant teaching posts. Speaking about the state government’s achievements with respect to irrigation and agriculture, he recollected the apathy the earlier governments in united Andhra Pradesh had about water management in the region pushing the region to become drought-prone. Since the formation of Telangana State, the government has taken all required measures to ensure the rejuvenation of irrigation tanks and connecting the reservoirs to ensure year-round water availability both for drinking and irrigation purposes. This success is laudable both locally and nationally.

“Although Government of India has taken up steps to ensure drinking water supply to all the household in India under the Jal Jeevan Mission, there is a dire need to think innovatively to reduce, reuse and recycle the water,” said Bharat Lal, Secretary, Lokpal of India, former director of Jal Jeevan Mission and a world expert on water management. While delivering the Foundation Day Lecture on ‘water security to sustain economic growth and prosperity, he solicited faculty and scholars to take up research in the field of water conservation and recycling. Telangana is a role model for rejuvenating the regular tanks and ponds and connecting them through lift irrigation through mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha in providing safe drinking water to households in Telangana State.  He added that change in agricultural practice is needed especially with respect to water-dependent crops like paddy, which requires 1800 litres of water to one kg of rice. Recycling water and micro-irrigation need to be implemented in water-intensive agriculture practices. IoT sensor-based water taps supply of clean and hygienic drinking water supply and optimal utilization of water is the need of the hour. Freshwater availability is depleting at an unprecedented rate, with 50000 cubic metre per capita in the 1950s it has depleted to 1400 cubic metre per capita. Most water is wasted in cities and towns. Water is a source of forty percent of communicable diseases which can be better managed by creating awareness on water usage. In high-rise apartments and gated communities, the implementation of vacuum-based disposal of human waste will reduce water use substantially in comparison to the age-old sewerage disposal system that consumes a huge amount of water. Building partnerships and changing lives through educating and creating awareness on water usage is paramount. Introduction of UG and PG level courses in universities on water management and water recovery and research on water recovery is the need of the hour.

A mobile application – ‘life of a girl – women safety’ for the safety of girl students and women faculty of university was launched by Vinod Kumar in presence of Bharath Lal. This app helps in tracking and enhancing the psychological, physical and digital safety of women users.

The dignitaries have launched the telephone book and distributed certificates and trophies to the winners of the various competitions held in connection with the Foundation Day Celebrations. (INN)

OU: Research and infrastructure in chemistry to be boosted

Hyderabad: Dr. M.S.N. Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of MSN Groups has today handed over a cheque of Rs 1.05 crore to Osmania University Chemistry Foundation – a body formed by chemistry alumni of the university. The donation will be utilized for the development activities including infrastructure, academics and research in the Department of Chemistry.

Prof D. Ravinder Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. U. Umesh Head Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Baskar Reddy, General Secretary of OUCF were present on the occasion.

Prof. D Ravinder thanked Dr MSN Reddy for the generous donation, and hoped that other alumni of university too will take inspiration from such activities and help their alma mater in achieving its global goals.Dr MSN Reddy expressed his happiness at being useful to the department that has shaped him and trained him to achieve his goals. (INN)

Free shuttle service for girl hostlers in Osmania University

Hyderabad: Boarders of the Centenary Women’s Hostel, inaugurated recently, compelled to trek long distances to reach College can heave a sigh of relief with the launch of a free campus bus shuttle service.

Vice Chancellor Prof. D. Ravinder inaugurated the service today morning. The bus facility is facilitated by Vishwa Vishwani Educational Society, which has provided two buses.

The buses will ply on the select routes and ferry students. It may be recalled that students were demanding such a transportation facility as it was becoming increasingly difficult to attend classes on time and also the inconvenience caused due to sweltering heat.

“The shuttle service from Centenary Hostel for Girls to various departments will ease the transportation problem,” said Prof. Ravinder, Vice-Chancellor.Prof. P. Laxminarayana, Registrar, Osmania University, thanked the donors Vishwa Vishwani for their help. Several University officials and students were also present. (INN)

Osmania University presents a deficit budget

Hyderabad: Osmania University presented a deficit budget of Rs 37.56 crores to the Academic Senate today and sought additional block grants from the Government.

The estimated expenditure of Rs 746.32 crores as against Rs. 708.76 crores available.  Of this amount, Rs. 406.53 crores (about 54%) goes towards salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff, Rs. 285 crores (about 38.2%) to pensions and Rs. 54.79 crores (7.8%) goes towards contingencies and loans to employees. 

It may be noted that Rs. 130 crores was transferred from the OU Examination Fee Fund Account to the OU Fund account for payment of salaries to the University staff and Rs. 5.0 crores towards contribution to the pension corpus fund.

Despite the 18% hike in the Block Grant (Rs. 418.06 crores) for the year 2022-23 sanctioned by the Government of Telangana the university has a deficit budget for the financial year commencing 1 April.

Prof D Ravinder, the Vice-Chancellor, apprised the gathering about the activities and events that took place since January 2020 to date. The budget was presented by Prof. V. Appa Rao, EC Member and faculty of the Commerce Department.

Meanwhile, the University plans to boost its infrastructure through the construction of hostel buildings for girls, an administrative building, a centenary memorial pylon, a reading room complex, e-governance initiatives, improved maintenance of existing buildings and strengthening outreach extension services in the year 2022-23.

Also during the year 2020-21, the University took several decisions that including the construction of a synthetic athletic track, swimming pool for women, synthetic tennis court, construction of toilets for women in various colleges of the University, construction of new toilet block for old PG hostel, NRS hostel, construction of overhead tank for NRS hostel, repairs and renovation of new Godavari hostel, renovation of gents toilets in Arts College, renovation of toilet blocks of Centre for Distance Education, etc.  Other important activities include the establishment of the Civil Services Academy, Human Capital Development Centre and Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies.  The University also decided to set up a Media point on campus.

The security of the University campus has been entrusted to an Agency deploying ex-servicemen as security personnel in addition to this the plying of traffic within the University campus is stopped between 8.00 PM to 6.00 AM to maintain a clean and green environment.  More security cameras were deployed at the administrative building, Tagore auditorium, CFRD building to bolster security. 

The University also adopted and implemented the 1st PRC 2020 to Non-Teaching and Time Scale Employees and the arrears were released.

Similarly, the Dear Allowances to the Teaching and Non-Teaching employees and Dearness Relief to the University Pensioners have been released.  Additionally, the subsidy on the medical insurance scheme for teaching and non-teaching employees was enhanced to 10,000/- per annum.The Academic Senate also witnessed the presentation of the 102nd Annual Report for the academic year 2020-21 which was presented by Prof C. Murali Krishna Chairperson of the Annual Report Committee. Various academic agendas too were tabled and approved today. (INN)