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Centres of Excellence in University of Hyderabad

Hyderabad|India|July'2010: NIn a major mapping of the arts and humanities landscape in India, commissioned by the Research Councils UK (RCUK), http://www.india.rcuk.ac.uk/reslandscape/artsland.htm, the 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, Bangalore.

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.

-July'' 2010

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