Centres of Excellence in University of
Hyderabad|India|July'2010: NIn a major mapping of the arts and
humanities landscape in India, commissioned by the Research Councils UK (RCUK),
Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication and the Centre for Applied
Linguistics and Translation Studies (CALTS) at University of Hyderabad
have been designated as "Centres of Excellence", among 30 other important
institutions in the country.
The 22-year old Sarojini Naidu School offers Masters and doctoral
programmes in the fields of communication, theatre, fine arts, and dance.
Among other things, the report cites the School's faculty for its
contribution to the making of the community radio policy in India. The
CALTS has been mentioned for its wide range of linguistic contributions,
including the creation of a substantial computation facility for research
and training in Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation.
The Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora at the University of Hyderabad
has also been highlighted under the Potential for Excellence. The Centre
undertakes inter-disciplinary research on the Indian Diaspora represented
by more than 20 million Indians residing in over a hundred countries.
The full list of centres of excellence includes other prominent national
centres such as the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New
Delhi, Centre for Historical Studies (JNU), Delhi School of Economics,
Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, Department of English, EFLU,
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Indian Institute of
Advanced Study, Shimla, and the National Law School of India University,
The criteria for inclusion under centres of excellence included: Quality
and volume of research output; contribution to the general domain of arts
and humanities research; Global reputation as a "centre of excellence" in
a discipline or in the larger domain of arts and humanities; Composition
of faculty – scholars of national and international repute; Openness to
experiment with new institutional forms and practices, and/or research
programmes/projects while retaining its stated mandate; and Strong
doctoral programmes often backed by solid graduate/foundation courses
linking advanced research to teaching.