Hyderabad: Widespread protests were witnessed
across Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh today as students
boycotted classes in various colleges and universities and
took to the streets demanding that the State government
postpone the State Public Service Commission preliminary
examination scheduled for tomorrow.
Students under the banner of Osmania University Students
Joint Action Committee (OUJAC) met State Home Minister P
Sabita Indra Reddy and appealed to her to prevail upon the
government to postpone the Group-I exams, demanding their
share of 42 per cent reservation.
Tension prevailed at the Osmania University campus here
as a group of students climbed the Arts College building and
threatened to jump if the government did not immediately
concede to their demand.
OU Vice-Chancellor T Tirupati Rao reached the spot to
pacify the agitated students and make them call off their
Protests were also witnessed at Acharya N G Ranga
Agricultural University here and Kakatiya University at
Reports from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of the state
suggested that students boycotted classes and forced shutdown
of educational institutions as a counter to the agitation by
students from Telangana.
Candidates from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions want
Group-I services preliminary exams be conducted as per
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission
(APPSC) Chairman Venkatarami Reddy announced that there will
be no change in the examination schedule as all necessary
arrangements have been put in place.
Of the 1.90 lakh candidates who applied for the
examination, 1.30 lakh have already downloaded their hall
tickets from the APPSC website, he said.
Police has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144
of CrPC and Section 30 of Police Act around all the 445
examination centres across the state to ensure smooth and
peaceful conduct of the examination.