Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad (UoH) will create a new school by conferring upon the existing department of communication the status of a School of Communication and Media Studies. It will discontinue the MPhil programme in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP).

The decision was made on 26 March at the 88th Academic Council meeting of the university. The council approved the constitution of its 13th school of studies by recognizing the teaching and research laurels earned by the nationally top-ranked communication department during the last 30 years. The school will continue to offer two MA programmes in media studies and media practice, respectively, and a PhD programme.

The council also approved the introduction of new programmes, including a new multi-disciplinary MTech in modeling and simulation to be offered by the Centre for Modeling, Simulation, and Design; a Master of Performing Arts (MPA) programme in Music; the reintroduction of the five-year integrated MA in Urdu; and a certificate course in publishing to be offered in collaboration with Cambridge University Press by the department of English; a post-graduate diploma in community eye health; and a certificate course in opthalmic dispensing optics.

The university has also accorded in-principle approval for joint PhD programmes with top-ranking foreign universities, a provision made in the NEP. The university's office of international affairs will work with the institution's IoE directorate to put in place modalities for admission, eligibility, and degree equivalence. This is expected to open up opportunities for Indian research scholars enrolled in the university to gain exposure and experience in leading international research laboratories and departments, while also permitting international students to work at departments and schools of UoH.

The academic council has also approved establishing working relationships with national laboratories to facilitate collaborative research, especially at the doctoral level.

UoH will soon establish rigorous benchmarks, against the top 100 universities in the world, for assessing faculty publications for all academic purposes, in line with the mandate given, along with the additional funding as an Institution of Eminence.

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