Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad has constituted a task force to have a clear road map for the resumption of classes and teaching activities that were suspended by the institution on March 15 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus throughout the country, including Hyderabad.

The 12-member task force, chaired by Prof. Vinod Pavarala, former Dean of the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, has been mandated to consult various stakeholders of the university and work out an action plan to kick-start academic activities that had come to a halt more than three months ago.

The university said that by forming a task force we want to reassure its current students and those newly joining, along with the parents. They also said that the university will leave no efforts to sustain the high quality education that the university is reputed to offer, even while addressing the on-campus health and safety concerns and issues related to online learning during the pandemic crisis.

The task force will also look at practical steps for starting classes for the current students as well as for those who will be joining the University, this academic year. It will also examine and recommend a range of teaching methods incorporating face-to-face, online, and blended modes of delivery of course content. The group also will recommend appropriate measures to upgrade the institution’s ICT infrastructure to be able to address the challenges of online education.

It will also look at examining the scheduling and mode of the university’s annual entrance examination that is normally held across the country for admission to its various post-graduate and research programmes. The last date for submitting applications for this year’s admissions was June 30, 2020.

Further, the task force that has been set up has been asked to monitor the implementation of the decisions taken by the University on the above matters and will remain in operation up to December 31, 2020.

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