Hyderabad: With effect from August 20, the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has agreed to resume online mode classes for around 2,000 ongoing postgraduate students in various programs.
The decision comes as a task force created by the university administration, suggested in view of the Covid-19 pandemic for the launch of online teaching.
Earlier on March 15th, the UoH had suspended classes for all batches and has since completed the final semester student assessment process , allowing them to graduate.
The Task Force led by Vinod Pavarala, former Dean of the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, conducted wide-ranging consultations with various stakeholders, including students and faculty members, and provided multiple suggestions by email regarding the resumption of academic activities.
The Task Force ‘s suggestions were addressed and approved at a meeting of department heads and school deans chaired Thursday by UoH Vice-Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile.
“Based on forecasts about the continued expansion of the Covid-19 and the evaluation of the public health risks involved in conducting physical, face-to – face classes on campus, the Task Force recommended that the university begin online teaching within a few weeks,” the UoH said.
The university said it has also approved the suggestion of the Task Force to re-use the current Rs.1,000 per month BBL (boarding allowance) scholarship into a Digital Access Grant (DAG) for students with disadvantaged backgrounds.
Earlier, the university had initiated a procedure to allow the gradual return of research scholars from science schools, enabling initially only day scholars in Hyderabad who are in advanced stages of their experimental work in ‘wet’ laboratories and tight deadlines in projects.
Semester registration is underway for all M.Phil and Ph. D students, with general advice to continue operating from their homes until further notice, except where special permits have been given as in the Science schools, it added. (INN)