University of Hyderabad is all set to introduce online courses from the next academic year. The varsity will be starting with those courses which do not require labs for the purpose.
The vice-chancellor of the university, Ramakrishna Ramaswamy says "Online courses are the future of education. These massive open online courses will provide the experience of the natural classroom. Initially we will start with few theory based disciplines and later will expand."
'The Hyderabad Lectures' is the name assigned by the university to these online courses. The varsity joined hands with Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to open the online courses. "The initiative is aimed at bringing eminent persons to lecture on topics of wide interest and contemporary issues and to provide access to people of the twin cities to hear the leading minds of the world," vice-chancellor added.
Further, the venue of these lectures will not be limited to UoH (University of Hyderabad) but will be held in different parts of the city, like Osmania University and in other institutions.
Vice-chancellor stated "The first lecture of this series will be delivered by the Nobel Laureate and leading economist Amartya Sen who will be visiting UoH on 19th December."
Also, another Nobel Laureate and structural biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan will visit the university on 20th and 21st December. Aruna Roy will interact with the university faculty on 9th and 10th January.
Talking about the vacancies in the university, vice-chancellor says "as on today there are 150 vacancies in the university, of which 67 are faculty positions."