Dear students and colleagues:

In view of the upsurge in Covid-19 cases in different parts of the country as well as the latest decision of the Government of Telangana to close all educational institutions in the State, I have reviewed the UoH situation today with senior colleagues in the administration and with the Task Force. We have decided to pause until further notice the return of terminal semester post-graduate students and all research scholars (except the 2020 batch) to the campus. All plans to start in-person or blended teaching classes have now been put on hold; the academic units are requested to continue to conduct all instruction and end-semester examinations only online.

There are about 1200 students, including research scholars and Master’s students, who are currently on the campus to complete their practical/laboratory/project/thesis work before they graduate in June. The academic units that are in the process of completing the practical inputs may continue to do so by strictly following all Covid protocols. All students, faculty, and staff are requested to follow the health protocols already circulated by the Task Force for your own safety and that of others. In the coming days, we will conduct mock drills of the health emergency response system on campus and work with the School of Medical Sciences to institute a public health surveillance system as per WHO/ICMR protocols.

I understand that the current surge in cases and the TS government decision may justifiably cause anxiety among students and their parents about returning to the campus or continuing to stay in the hostels. I would like to assure all the students that those of you who wish to go back home may feel free to do so and that we will do everything possible to facilitate continuation of your academic activities online. Similarly, those students who have already received permissions from the Chief Warden’s Office to return to the campus may also like to review their decision.

It is my sincere appeal to all the students who have chosen to stay in the hostels on campus to remain cautious in their interactions and prudent in their movements in and out of the campus. If you don’t exercise thoughtful self-regulation in your own behaviour and conduct, and if the situation worsens, the University may be compelled to impose a stricter regulatory environment. As most other institutions, we are responding to a dynamic public health situation that keeps evolving. I seek your support and cooperation in making appropriate decisions keeping in mind not only the academic needs of our students, but also the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Prof. Appa Rao Podile
MARCH 24, 2021

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