University Grants Commission expert committee in a latest review declared that only departments from the Osmania University and Sri Venkateswara University have been awarded Centre for Advanced Study status. Even departments get UGC grant and can collaborate with premier agencies like the Defence Research and Development Organisation and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
Osmania University’s Linguistics and Journalism departments were already chosen as CAS, and now upgraded by the UGC. The grants will continue for a five year period till 2020. Recently, the Physics department of the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati has also been upgraded.
A senior AP State Council of Higher Education official said “Getting CAS status takes a long time because the departments can be upgraded only after a certain number of terms. Only four to five universities in TS and AP are getting UGC special assistance. They have to prove that they can do good research. They have to give good presentations to the UGC”.