To introduce the element of excellence in the University System, the University Grants Commission has identified a few Universities and granted them the status of ‘Universities with Potential for Excellence’, with the help of a high power Committee. The objective of this initiative was to provide these select institutions with augmented inputs, including additional funds, to sustain and enhance quality of education and research. Based on the evaluation and recommendations of this committee, the University Grants Commission declared the University of Hyderabad as a ‘University with Potential for Excellence’. The University was sanctioned a grant of Rs. 30 crore under this scheme for interfacial Studies & Research and Holistic Development for a period of 5 years (2002-2007).
The University opted for a rigorous evaluation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission. The apex Council of NAAC awarded the top grade of A ***** to the University (on a five-point scale A* to A*****).
The University has also been rated by the NISSAT (National Information System for Science and Technology) of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India, as the only University under the ‘High Output – High Impact’ category among the top 50 institutions in India with publications in citation - index journals.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India sanctioned over Rupees four crores under FIST (Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology) to the four Science Schools of the University to augment research facilities.
In addition to this, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in the month of October 2003 accorded approval for setting up of a Super computing Facility at University of Hyderabad under FIST Programme with a total financial support of Rs.24.06 crores and released 1st installment of Rs. 8.058 crores. The period of the programme is for five years (2003-2008). Under this project 3 Nos. of IBM P690, 32 Power 4 + Processors each were installed in January 2004 and an IBM P595, 48 Power Processor was installed in January 2005. Besides this, 6 IBM Intelli-Workstations have also been installed.
The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU); and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).