Indefinite fast continues at Osmania Univ on Telangana issue

Last Updated: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 18:24

Hyderabad: The indefinite fast undertaken
by students at the Osmania University campus here in support
of a separate Telangana state entered the third day even as
the varsity administration declared holidays for all its
constituent and affiliated colleges till January 5 next year.

In view of the ongoing agitation and owing to security
concerns, the administration has decided to close the varsity
from today to January 5, 2010 and examinations to be held
during this period have also been postponed, officials said,
adding revised schedule of exams will be displayed on the
university website `www.osmania.ac.in` on December 31.

About 17 pro-Telangana students had launched a
fast-unto-death in front of the Arts College in the varsity
campus on Thursday after the Centre backtracked on the
statehood issue.

It was also decided to change the examination centre
of UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) scheduled on December
27 at the university`s College of Arts and Social Sciences to
Professor G Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education on the OU
Campus, the varsity officials said.

Osmania University Vice-Chancellor T Tirupati Rao
today visited the hunger camp where the agitating students
have launched their fast-unto-death and asked them to express
their protests in a peaceful and democratic manner and also to
focus on maintaining their academic schedule.

Meanwhile, security has been enhanced at the varsity
campus with deployment of additional forces apart from the
existing forces drawn from RAF and other para-military
personnel following attack on TDP leaders including its
politburo member Nagam Janardhan Reddy by students and
pro-Telangana activists on Thursday.

The JAC Students Association, however, denied
involvement in the attack incident.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 18:24

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