Hyderabad: The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected the number of students applying for various courses at the University of Hyderabad (UoH). The university has received around 62,458 applications for the year 2021-22.

Prof. B.J Rao, UoH Vice-Chancellor, said, "It's wonderful to note that UoH is the preferred destination for so many students seeking to pursue higher education and research. In addition to the growing number of applications, there has been a five-six fold increase in the applications received from foreign students. The Institution of Eminence tag has created a positive image among the student community who want to be a part of the institution. It is our commitment to ensure that affordable education at global standards is made available."

Of the over 62,000 students who have applied to UoH, 37.28% belong to the General category while 32.71% are OBCs, 5.23% EWS, 16.01% SC and 8.75% are SCs. Out of these 47.73% are male, 52.26% female, and 11 applications (0.01%) are from transgenders.

The highest number of applications were received from Telangana (18,221) followed by Kerala (7,968), UP (4,435), Andhra Pradesh (5,551), West Bengal (5,922), and Odisha (3,824).

Course-wise, I.M.Sc. (5-yr Integrated) Sciences received the highest number of applications, 5,595, followed by M.Sc. Chemistry with 4,349 applications, M.Sc. Physics with 3,499, I.M.A. (5-yr Integrated) Social Sciences with 2,664 applications, M.A. English with 3,004 and M.C.A. with 3,914.

The dates for entrance exams will be notified once the COVID-19 situation in the country improves, the university said. A total of 2,272 seats are being offered for admissions to 114 courses. This includes 17 integrated courses, 45 PG courses, nine M.Tech and 45 Ph.D programmes.

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