Online application forms for entrance exams will be available from December 4 to January 4

The University of Hyderabad has decided to do away with cut-off marks in entrance examinations for admission to all courses from the ensuing academic year.

This decision was taken to ensure that all OBC seats were filled up, as earlier only about 20 per cent of the 27 per cent reserved for them used to get filled due to imposition of cut-off marks, which was 10 per cent less than the general category, according to the varsity’s Registrar Rajasehkhar and Controller of Examinations Ch. Venkateshwar Rao.

Schedule

Announcing the schedule for entrance examinations for 2014-15 to be held from February 1 to 7, 2014, they said there would be no cut-off mark for any category. The entrance exams will be held for 130 programmes in various disciplines for more than 2,000 seats at 35 centres across the country. Four centres are in Telangana and three each in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra.

Online application forms for entrance exams will be available from December 4 to January 4, 2014, and the notification in this regard will be issued on Tuesday.

Re-imbursement scheme

With the State government not paying the full scholarship amount under the fee re-imbursement scheme, the university also decided not to seek the balance amount from students as used to be the practice till now.

Faculty vacancies

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ramakrishna Ramaswamy said the university would also fill up 67 faculty positions shortly which had already been advertised. It was also decided to invest hugely on education technology from the next academic year to enable students have online lessons in real time.

He announced that the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) had agreed to institute an endowment for the University of Hyderabad. The proceeds from the endowment will be utilised for organising ‘The Hyderabad Lectures’ to be given by eminent persons. The first among them will be delivered by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on December 19.

Another Nobel laureate, Venky Ramakrishnan, is also likely to visit UoH later this month. It will be followed by a lecture by social activist Aruna Roy early next month.

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