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Osmania University more research-friendly

It may not be well funded, but when it comes to the morale of Ph.D. students, the Osmania University (OU) gets a better ranking from its own students. Aspects such as student-faculty interactions, strong and active student bodies, and a general sense of belongingness takes the edge off the severe stress that research scholars have to go through during their academics.

Unlike the University of Hyderabad, the State-funded universities such as OU provide a more free and informal setting for interaction between students and faculty. A student can approach any professor at anytime and resolve their doubts or problems, Kumara Swamy, a research scholar said.“In Central universities, the faculty are very good in their academics, but seem to falter when it comes to understanding the problems of students coming from backward communities and areas. This prevents them from establishing healthy relationship with the students,” he observed, adding that the faculty-student bonding helps students to overcome their problems in OU. If a student has any problem with his or her guide, the university authorities usually ensure that a new guide is allocated to him, he claimed.

The OU faculty too takes extra precautions to ensure that students are not troubled, Faculty of Social Sciences Dean, V. Ravindra Sastry said. “Due to the ongoing Telangana agitations, the OU students are usually emotionally surcharged. To deal with it the university has established a counselling cell to interact with students on a regular basis. This cell also helps in addressing the problems faced by the students,” he explained.

The peer support that one has at OU ensures that one does not get desperate, Kota Raju, university in-charge of student body PDSU said. “There is a general sense of camaraderie at OU, which is usually not the case in Central universities where each student has to worry about his own survival,” he said.

However, student pursuing Ph.D. in science faculties do face the problem of insufficient funding, another research scholar observed. “While students are taken care of in the university, improving research activity, particularly in Science departments, is a different ball game all together,” he said.

Each time a student from marginalised community suffers discrimination, the university authorities point out that they have instituted grievance cells and counselling centers for the students. But to rectify the problem, counselling should be given to the faculty, who indulge in the discriminatory activities, B. Ravi Chandran, a Ph.D. student with English and Foreign Languages University and founder of Dalit Camera, said. “It is ironic that university officials appoint faculty members to counsel the students when their own peers indulge in discriminatory practices. None of the universities have ever held counselling sessions for faculty members,” he observed.



ANITS gets research centre status

Andhra University has recognised the Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences at Sangivalasa as a research centre. With the recognition accorded to the ANITS, its faculty members were eligible to guide research students and students could be permitted to join the ANITS to pursue their Ph.D. degrees, its Principal V.S.R.K. Prasad informed on Saturday. Secretary of ANITS V. Thapovardhan and Prof. Prasad thanked the AU for recognising the institute as a research centre .



Indians receive scholarships

The scholarship award ceremony, held recently at the University of Sheffield, U.K., witnessed Indian students being awarded scholarships worth over 63 lakhs. Each year, the university lays out scholarships worth over £2 million for international students enrolling for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

This year, the university awarded four India Postgraduate Merit Scholarships worth £7000 each, won by Jenitta Sharon Thomas, Nivin Das, Anahita Kumar and Indranil Adhya. Chennai girl Jenitta Sharon Thomas and Nivin Das from Kochi are pursuing MSc (Engg) ceramic science and engineering and MSc Engineering Process Safety and Loss Prevention respectively, in the faculty of engineering.

Anahita Kumar from Pune is pursuing a Master’s in Management at the Triple Crown Accredited Management School.

West Bengal boy Indranil Adhya who has enrolled with the medical school for MSc in Molecular Medicine said, “Coming to the University of Sheffield was indeed a big opportunity for me. In addition, the course I am pursuing is extremely useful for those who want to enter the field of non-clinical research. I look forward to a PhD studentship right after my master’s at this very university.”

Bangalore girl Manali Naik made the country proud by winning one of the ten coveted International Baccalaureate Undergraduate Merit Scholarships worth £7000 each.

The University of Sheffield has also awarded two India Undergraduate Merit Scholarships worth £7000 each to Chennai boy Ashwanth Raju and Arjun Singh Arora from Kolkata. Ashwanth Raju has enrolled at the faculty of engineering for B(Engg) Systems and Control Engineering and Arjun Singh Arora is pursuing B(Engg) mechanical engineering. The university will be announcing the 2014 provision soon. After which full details can be found at http://www.shef.ac.uk/

international/countries/ asia/south-asia/india/ scholarships.



Scholarship alert

Neuro-Clinical Research Education Fellowship

Description: To create a pool of trained clinical researchers in the area of neuroscience to facilitate hypothesis-driven research designed to address important issues. Under Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

Eligibility: D.M. /M.Ch or MD Psychiatry and interested in pursuing nNeuroscience research

Application: By Post, by email, through the institute

Prizes and rewards: Eleven fellowships of one-year duration. Stipend Rs.75,000 per month and Rs. 5 lakh for one year

Deadline: December 16.

Website: http://www.dbtindia.nic.in/index.asp

Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Internships and Fellowship Programme

Description: To provide an opportunity to the best and brightest Indian students and scientists to gain exposure and access to world-class research facilities in leading U.S. institutions .

Eligibility: Pursuing PhD.or having PhD in Science, Engineering or Technology. For Internship: up to 32 years, For Fellowships: Up to 40.

Application: By email

Prizes and rewards: Student internship, 7; fellowships, 7 Duration: 3 to 12 months. Deadline; December 20

Website: http://www.indousstf.org/base-program/index.html

Courtesy: http://www.buddy4study.com


New Registrar for OU

K. Pratap Reddy of the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, and Director, Directorate of Academic Audit, Osmania University, has been appointed Registrar of Osmania University. He replaces Prof. M.S.N. Reddy, who retired on Saturday.

Prof. Reddy holds a Ph.D from OU and specialises in neuroscience, fluoride toxicity and neurodegenerative diseases. He has guided 15 students for Ph.D and has done several projects including those from the UGC and the DBT. He also worked as Director of Admissions.




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