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Osmania University to set up centres in Gulf

Hyderabad, June 30, 2005

The Osmania University here will set up its extension centres and mini campuses in the Gulf and Middle East to enable the children of non-resident Indians (NRIs) to pursue higher education.

The Andhra Pradesh government has approved the university's proposal to open extension centres and mini campuses in the Middle East to enable children of NRIs pursue undergraduate and postgraduate courses in engineering, management, science and technology.

The Osmania University would offer courses in the distance education mode. The university's executive council will make suitable amendments to existing rules in this regard.

Information and Public Relations Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir said the government took the decision following representations made by NRI bodies demanding better educational facilities for their wards. Various educational institutions in the Gulf had also made requests in this regard.

"The schools there offer CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) syllabus till Class 12, but there are no adequate opportunities for higher education thereon," he said and hoped that many students would be benefited by the Osmania University's move.

There are 600 foreign students from 42 countries pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Osmania University in Hyderabad itself, indicating the popularity of the courses, and the number is increasing every year.

Shabbir said details like the number of extension centres and mini campuses to be opened were being worked out.

Osmania University was set up here in 1918 by the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad with Urdu as the medium of instruction. In 1948, when Hyderabad state acceded to the Indian union, the university became an independent varsity and the medium of instruction was changed to English.

Currently more than 135,000 students are studying in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at 21 university colleges and 500 affiliated colleges in the state


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