The University of Hyderabad (UoH), one of the major institutions of higher education in India is largely devoted to postgraduate studies and is widely known for its excellence in research and for its distinguished faculty. Founded in 1974 with Prof. Gurbaksh Singh as its first Vice Chancellor, UoH - also known as Hyderabad Central University or HCU- has emerged as a leading centre of teaching and research. The large campus located near Gachibowli, which is the IT hub of Hyderabad, has immense bio-diversity and is home to over 75 varieties of bird, not to speak of the lakes and rock formations which give the campus a natural beauty.
With 46 different Departments and Centres organized in 12 Schools of study, the University has over 400 faculty and over 5000 students. School of Economics started three years back. Prof. G. Nancharaiah was the first dean, then Prof. K. N. Murhty for two months and now it is Prof. B. Kamaiah. The University offers close to 150 different programmes of study ranging from doctoral studies to Masters level degrees, as well as a range of post graduate diplomas and short term courses by Distance mode. It also has a thriving Five year Integrated Masters Programme. The University hosts an ever increasing number of foreign scholars in the highly popular Study in India Programme. The University has built up a reputation for providing high quality academic training, and has been recognized through a number of awards: PURSE, given by the Prime Minister of India, a grading of A, which is the highest, by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). International measures of research excellence also show the preeminence of UoH - the University is counted among the top 100 in Asia in many of its academic areas of study. These include the Basic Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical Science, Engineering Science, the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and the Arts, Fine Arts, Media Studies and Communication, in addition to more recent efforts in areas such as Folklore Studies, Health Psychology, Dalit Studies, Women’s Studies, Neural and Cognitive Sciences.
The faculty of the UoH have a high national and international profile and have been recipients of major national and international awards- the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize of the CSIR, the Ramon Magasaysay Award, the J C Bose Fellowship of the DST, the Humboldt Prize, the TWAS Awards, the British Council, Commonwealth and Fulbright awards, and the Padma Awards of the Government of India. Several of our faculty also belong to major national and international Academies - the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), the National Academy of Sciences of India (NASI), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Sahitya Akademi, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).
The entire campus is connected on 1 Gbps NKN connectivity, Wi-fi enabled and this facilitates networking, vital for sustaining academic activity. In terms of infrastructure and other collateral support, the University has been proactive. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Library at the University has a collection of more than 3.56-lakh books and other reference material and subscribes to about 600 foreign journals and 18,000 online journals and 10 online databases. This fully computerized Library with special software for visually-challenged students operates through the week.
A large number of Institutions find their home on our campus, and we have close academic links with them. These include the C R Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (AIMSCS), the Association of Management Development Institutions of South Asia (AMDISA), the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) and the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) and the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS). The National Museum of Statistics, SANKHYA, is being set up on the campus, the first of its kind.