University of Hyderabad took the decision to adopt the ‘five-day week time table’ with no alterations in 40 working hours a week in an Executive Council resolution dated November 9, 2010. The decision was taken during the university’s 150th Executive Council meeting, keeping in mind the recommendations of 5th and 6th Central Planning Commission. It has come into effect from January 1, 2011.
The working hours have been changed from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. to 9 a.m- 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Although the Administration block will remain closed on Saturdays, essential services like security, health centre, library, computer centre and sports complex will function as before. “Information has been passed on to all departments and services sections. They will make the necessary arrangements and adjustments to implement the new timetable without affecting the students,” says Devesh Nigam, Deputy Registrar, Personnel section II.
The UoH Students’ Union had brought to the notice of the administration, the difficulties students face due to the new decision. Assistant Registrar of Personnel section II, Abhishek Kumar, observes that the initial confusion is obvious. Decisions regarding functioning of services have been given to respective departments. For example, it is left to the librarian to keep the library open till midnight on Saturdays though the working hours would end at 5:30 p.m., Kumar added.
Students’ Union President Mukesh Kumar said, the union was not consulted before the decision was taken. However, the new five-day week schedule is adopted on experimental basis for six months, he added.