University of Hyderabad restricts further return of students

Hyderabad: In view of the latest decision of the government of Telangana to close all educational institutions in the state, following a surge in COVID-19 cases, the University of Hyderabad has decided to pause the return of terminal semester post-graduate students and all research scholars (except the 2020 batch) to the campus until further notice.

After a review meeting held by the Vice-Chancellor this morning with senior administrators and the Task Force, the University has announced that it was putting on hold all plans to start in-person or blended teaching classes until further orders and shall continue teaching online and conduct end-semester examinations also online. 

According to s statement issued by the university, there are about 1200 students, including research scholars and Master’s students, who are currently on the campus to complete their practical, laboratory, project, thesis work before they graduate in June. “The departments and Schools that are in the process of completing the practical inputs have been advised to continue to do so by strictly following all COVID-19 protocols. All students, faculty, and staff have been asked to strictly follow the health protocols already circulated by the Task Force,” the statement read.

The UoH Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Appa Rao said that those students who wished to go back home may feel free to do so and assured that the University would do everything possible to facilitate the continuation of academic activities online.

He also added that if students don’t exercise self-regulation in their own behaviour, and if the situation worsens, the University may be compelled to impose a stricter regulatory environment.

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