The online newsletter of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has crossed 2000 postings and it is another milestone in its journey of six years. Started in January 2013 UoH Herald completed 2163 postings till date (6 August 2019). This bilingual newsletter of the University is one of its kinds being operated by any central institution in the country.
The idea of replacing the printed version of the newsletter with an online one was the brain-child of the PR office and this has been possible due to the help and support from the Communication Department of the University. The then Vice-Chancellor immediately approved the idea and accordingly a pilot version was run for three weeks in December 2012 on Word Press. Once this was successful the site was activated with the online bilingual newsletter started functioning from January 2013.
The online newsletter has an attractive bilingual logo and the same was received well in the University. News is reported almost daily and many alumni and students started sharing their experiences on their stay at UoH and their achievements. Keeping in line with the Official Languages Act, the online newsletter is published in Hindi and English, a feat no other University has been able to match so far. Our Hindi Cell has been on dot translating the matter so that the Hindi version can also be posted on the same day or a day later.
The online newsletter has sections pertaining to distinguished lectures, faculty honours, student achievements, visits, book releases and happenings. One interesting feature has been that the Alumni who have come forward to write about their experiences at UoH in Herald. Their writings give a wonderful feeling for all of us and we hope it will serve as an encouragement for many of our students to do well at the University and in life too.
The journey so far has been good and some of our students have been regularly contributing to the newsletter. I must specially make a mention of students who have been nominated by the Communication department every semester to write for the newsletter. Thanks to Saumya Painuli, Harika Vankadara, Nidhi Gupta, Joyel Pious, Priyanka Manikandan, Shaima Mansoor, Ch.Sandeep Manohar,Donita Jose, B. Kartheek, Priyanka Richi, Jagruthi D, Monika Tiwari, Swati Pant, Zeenat Shana, R. Sidharth, Lokesh Naik, Ujjvala Kaumudi, Kumar Ashish, Abhijit Debnath, Ishan Mukherjee and Abu Saleh to name a few who have contributed immensely for the newsletter.
UoH Herald has helped in presenting a comprehensive view of all around happenings at the University and has emerged as a one stop destination to get a glimpse of Campus activities on regular basis. All updates at the newsletter are also shared on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter etc. and attract a large number of visitors viewing these posts. This is not only a newsletter but a platform where activities, events and memories get documented and are available to one and all at a click from anywhere around the globe.