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Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana
Hyderabad (District Hyderabad)
Telangana, India
Pin Code : 500007

Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State Universities.
Osmania University is situated in Hyderabad of Telangana state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Hyderabad comes under Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Tehsil, Hyderabad District.

Fax # of Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana is +91-40-27090020, 27098004.

Contact Person(s) of the Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana is (are): Mr V Anji Raju, +91-99514-33597.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana are +91-93919-32129, +91-93999-21746.

email ID(s) is Osmania University Hyderabad Telangana

Website of Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana is www.osmania.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Prof T Tirupati Rao, Telephone: +91-40-27098048, Fax: +91-40-27098003.

Registrar : Prof YC Venudhar, Telephone: +91-40-27098043, Fax: +91-40-`27090020.

Contact Details of Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana are : Telephone: +91-40-27098043, 27152361, 27098048, 27682364, 27098145, 2097445, 27682291, 7018901

Director: Prof H Venkateshwarlu
Principal Prof. S. Venkateshwar
principal@ouct.org, principal@uctou.ac.in, dean@uctou.ac.in, placements@uctou.ac.in, examinations@uctou.ac.in

Post Graduate College of Law, Phone 040-23231092


Courses run by different depts of Osmania University under:
Osmania University, Institute Of Public Enterprises
Osmania University, University College of Technology
Osmania University, University College Of Pharmacy
College Of Commerce And Business Management, Department Of Business Management

Profile of Osmania University

University Department
University College of Technology,Osmania University Hyderabad
Runs following courses:
Pharm Analysis & Quality Assurance(SF)
Pharmaceutical Chemistry(SF)

University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Runs following courses:
Bio-Medical Electronics (SF)
Structural Engg.
Water Resource Engineering
Geo-Tech. Engg.
Transportation Engg. (SF)
Infrastructural Engg. (SF)
Construction Engg. & Mgt. (SF)
Digital System
Microwave & Radar Engg.
Systems & Signal Processing
VLSI & Embedded Systems (SF)
Power Systems Engg.
Ind. Drive & Control
Power Electronics & System (SF)
Production Engineeering
Automation & Robotics
Turbo Machinery
Computer Science & Engg.
Paralled & Distributed System (SF)


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Our Vision And Mission

Our Vision
The Vision of the University is to generate and disseminate knowledge through a harmonious blend of ancient and modern wisdom, and to serve the society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, ethical, and humane sensitivities; to foster a scientific temper, and to promote professional and technological expertise. Central to this vision is a commitment to regional and national development in consonance with our culture, heritage, and environment.

Our Mission
*To achieve excellence in teaching and research

*To generate, disseminate and preserve knowledge

*To meet the challenges of a complex, and modern society through informed social outreach

*To empower through knowledge and information

*To develop a responsible and productive citizenry

*To develop, enhance, and improve the quality of human resources

*To cultivate resolute moral and ethical values

*To meet contemporary regional and national needs and anticipate future social and economic development

*To preserve and promote cultural heritage, humanistic and spiritual values

History And Campus

Founded in 1918 by the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad state, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, Osmania University is the seventh oldest institution of higher learning in India, the third oldest in southern India and the first to be established in the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad [1] . For almost nine decades, it has sustained an integrated development of all faculties. It has contributed to the academic, social, and economic development of the region and the nation as a whole.

Arts College, A recognizable building in campus

Its alumni have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally (See Notable Alumni section).

Present Vice-Chancellor of the University is Sri T Tirupati Rao.

Education, research and admissions
Osmania university is a non-profit university, which is funded and managed by the government. Admissions into bachelor of engineering, masters and doctoral programs of this university is purely on a merit basis, evaluated by national entrance examinations for each of the courses offered. The research activities are funded by various agencies like UGC (University Grants Commission) or by CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) which are autonomous agencies of government of India. Osmania University, founded by the Nizam in 1918, is the seventh oldest in India.

Osmania has a campus of nearly 1600 acres (6 km²). Osmania University is perhaps the largest higher education system in the country[citation needed]. The university attracts students from all across the nation as well as from various other countries. It is the home to nearly 300,000 students pursuing their higher studies in its campus, constituent affiliated colleges and district centres. Its faculty and staff number nearly 5,000.

Osmania offers courses in Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Technology, Commerce and Business Management, Information Technology and Oriental Languages.

In the year 2001, Osmania University had the distinction of being awarded the five-star status by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission, part of the Government of India

Colleges Campus

Established in 1918, the University College of Science has a strong tradition of research in both basic and applied sciences. Even though the college itself was established in 1918, the work carried out in Astronomy at the Nizamia Observatory dates back to 1908. From 1906 to 1946, the observatory was a part of the great International Programme 'Carte-du-Ciel' which prepared an extensive Astrographic star catalogue from accurate measurements of the coordinates of stars.

Today, with a separate building for each department, the University College of Science offers Postgraduate (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. degrees in 13 teaching departments.

Consultancy is undertaken by various faculty members of the University College of Science which secures grants from various governmental agencies such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Department of Science & Technology (DST). Besides a regular student strength of 1000, there are over 1500 research scholars working for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. The college has nearly 200 teaching staff and 388 technical and supporting non-teaching staff.

College of Law
Justice P.Jagan Mohan Reddy, the then Dean, Faculty of Law took active interest in establishing the institution. The University College of Law was inaugurated in 1960 by the then Chief Justice of India Sri B.P.Sinha. Prof.G.C.V.Subba Rao was the first Principal of the College. The LL.M.Courses were shifted to the University College of Law in the same year. Four branches of LL.M. i.e., Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law and international Law, Personal law and Mercantile Law were offered by the College. Subsequently some of the branches of LL.M. were shifted to Evening College of Law. IN 1977 all the LL.M. courses were shifted to the Evening College of Law. Again in 1994, three branches viz. Constitutional, Mercantile Law and Labour Law in LL.M. Course have been reintroduced in the University College of Law, O.U. At present, the sanctioned strength in LL.B. is 160 seats. The Faculty of Law introduced the Ph.D. Programme and first batch of Ph.D. students was registered in the year 1978. The Ph.D. Programme is offered on regular and part-time basis.

The college has produced many luminaries in different fields. There have been several Judges of the Supreme Court and various High Courts, Chief Ministers and Ministers, Civil Servants, Governors, Speakers and Ambassadors and leading Lawyers among the alumni of this institution. They include Justice P.Jaganmohan Reddy, Justice Shah Mohammed Quadri, Justice B.P.Jeevan Reddy, Justice Sardar Ali Khan, Justice Y.Bhaskar Rao, Justice B.Subhashan Reddy, Justice B.Sudarshan Reddy, Justice G.Bikshapathi, Justice L.Narasimha Reddy, R.Vasudeava Pillai, P.C.Rao, B.C.Jain, S.B.Chavan, Virendra Patil, Shiv Raj Patil, Shivaji Rao Patil Nilangekar, V.S.Rama Devi, Sripada Rao, Ch.Vidyasagar Rao and Dharam Singh. This list is only illustrative in nature. This college has the distinction of being rated as one of the top ten law colleges in the entire country for two successive years viz., in 2000 and 2001 by India Today Magazine.

The University College of Law offers LL.B, LL.M and Ph.D.

College of Commerce and Business Management
Department of Commerce

The Department came into existence as an independent wing of Osmania University with the launching of B.Com. Degree in 1945. The Department has been making intensive efforts to improve its profile, by serving the community on different fronts, in the form of imparting education through various courses, undertaking projects financed by the U.G.C., State Government, Industrial establishments, etc. and encouraging intensive research on topics of contemporary relevance. The services of the Department are being provided not only to Andhra Pradesh in the form of formal system of education, but also to the entire country in the form of distance and open learning.

The Department of Commerce played a major role in setting up the Institute of Public Enterprise, which has grown into a premier Research and Consultancy Institute working in the area of Public Enterprise. To meet the needs of academics, industry, society etc., the Department has been offering various courses and conducting Research in various fields and offering solutions to the contemporary problems of Indian economic and commerce environment.

Department of Business Management
Nestled in the sprawling, sylvan campus of Osmania University, the Department of Business Management has been conducting a two-year postgraduate programme in Business Management since 1964. It was established as an independent entity in 1971.

Recognising that 'change' is the 'mantra' of today's corporate world and the department being autonomous in its functioning and curriculum planning, it keeps updating itself to adapt to the ever-changing demands of today's corporate world.

The department trains 80 students every year with the best of faculty and facilities. The faculty comprises of intellectually stimulated academicians having a vast experience that enables them to impart practical knowledge. They are in touch with the practicalities and intricacies of business and are constantly striving to transform the students into successful and progressive leaders of the future.

The department takes pride in providing its students with the best of facilities like, an excellent library, state-of-the-art computer laboratory and a well-equipped auditorium.

The Department of Business Management, Osmania University has been offering an MBA program since 1964. This program has been consistently ranked as one of the best MBA programs in India[citation needed]. Only 80 students from over 2,00,000 applicants make it into this MBA program through a competitive exam. Besides M.B.A it offers Ph.D in management also.It has tie up with various institutions like college of defence management to offer MMS for senior military officers,Deccan school of hospital management and Apollo institute of Hospital administration to offer MHM.It offers MPM in association with Sarder Vallabhai Patel institute of police administration.jk

College of Engineering and Technology
The University College of Engineering (UCE) has the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest among the Engineering Colleges of the State of Andhra Pradesh. Established in the year 1929, eleven years after the formation of Osmania University, it was the 6th Engineering College to be established in the whole of British India. The College moved to its present permanent building in the year 1947. Today it is the biggest among the campus colleges of Osmania University. The Golden Jubilee of the College was celebrated in 1979, the Diamond Jubilee in 1989 and the Platinum Jubilee in 2004. The College was made autonomous in 1994.

The College offers four-year engineering degree courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The College also offers courses leading to Master of Computer Applications, Master of Science by Research and also Ph.D., in the various branches of Engineering. Part-time courses are offered both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As of today, there is a yearly intake of 320 undergraduate students (full-time) and 140 (part-time) students and 290 postgraduate students (full-time and part-time). There are 109 teaching staff members, including 24 professors.

College of Technology
The University College of Technology is one of the premier and the oldest colleges offering Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology education in the country. It is a constituent college under the Faculty of Technology, Osmania University. The College of Technology had a modest beginning in 1943 as a post-graduate section of Applied Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Osmania University. Later in 1945, it was upgraded to the Department of Applied Chemistry. In 1951, the subject of Chemical Engineering was introduced and the Department was redesignated as the Department of Chemical Technology. In 1954, four year degree courses were introduced leading to the Bachelors' degrees in Chemical Technology and Chemical Engineering. In September 1969, the University upgraded the Department of Chemical Technology into the University College of Technology to form a strong academic nucleus of Chemical Engineering/Chemical Technology and also to serve as a nodal point for disseminating the technical know how to various research institutions and industries. The College is known for its excellence in teaching and training the students in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Over the years, the College has expanded and grown by leaps and bounds and the alumni of this college have excelled themselves all over the world.

In order to meet the changing requirements of the country, the BTech degree courses in Food Processing and Preservation Technology and Textile Technology were started in the College during 1994-95. The importance of these courses is self evident as there are rich resources in cereals, fruits and vegetables, cotton, silk and other fibres. Further, no other University or College in Andhra Pradesh is offering full-fledged four year BTech degree program in these technologies to exploit the available resources.

College of Physical Education
The University College of Physical Education, Osmania University was established in year 1993. Initially it was named PG College of Physical Education. The College started with the sole aim of imparting instructions in Physical Education leading to the award of 'Master's Degree in Physical Education' (M.P.Ed.,).

During the initial years i.e. from 1993-1994 the college was housed in the second floor of Post Graduate College of Law (Evening) situated in the premises of Nizam College. In the year 1995, the college was shifted to the old Principal's Lodge, a separate building in Nizam College premises. The College was offering M.P.Ed., summer and M.P.Ed. Regular Courses. During the year 2001, the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D.C. Reddy was kind enough to allot the Nizamia Observatory building situated near ASRC at the campus exclusively for the University College of Physical Education. The College was shifted to the present premises and started functioning from Feb. 2001.

With the changes in the core programme of Physical Education, NCTE has made it compulsory to have two years M.P.Ed. course. Hence the One year M.P.Ed. course was discontinued from 2002. The M.P.Ed. two years course programme commenced from the academic year 2004-2005 after the approval of NCTE, Bangalore with an intake of 32 students each year with the semester system.


Faculty of Arts

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Faculty of Science

Faculty of Commerce

Faculty of Education

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Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Technology

Faculty of Informatics

Faculty of Oriental Languages

Faculty of Business Management

Nothing works here, neither studies, nor food...

Sinking a university of fame On fifth of this month, a large group of students from ladies hostel of Osmania University in Hyderabad started demonstrations against the inaction by the University administration to look into their poor living conditions.

As the Dean, Students Welfare approached the students during the protest, they took him into one of the rooms and locked him in. Dr Lakshman, the Dean, was released only after the vice-chancellor came down to the hostel and promised to get the building repaired. In another incident, the students of Old PG hostel forced the warden to eat the food they eat after a series of complaints by students about the poor quality of food. More than a dozen students were hospitalised after they complained of vomiting and loose motions. This administration never responds promptly. We are forced to resort to such methods. Osmania has a history of students attacking faculty and other staff. But now, we do not want to attack them. We only want them to experience for themselves our plight, said Kumara Swamy, a PhD student.

This list of strange acts does not end here. Students locked the mess secretary inside the store room as a protest against the huge hike in the mess bills. Finally, the warden had to come down and intervene to solve the issue. Last year, a group of students poured a bucket of sambhar on the wardens head since he did not respond to their requests to maintain the quality of food. We are paying huge amounts for the mess bill. Most of the students are from Telangana region, which is known for the prevalence of poverty. How can we pay 1500 rupees every month for this food? This administration does not even care about us. said M Prabhaker, pursuing PhD in History.

Osmania has become a real problem, as no one seems to be interested in running it properly. May be this is because 90 per cent of the students who come here are from outside and local faculty and administration neglect them.

Dalit groups call statewide bandh in Andhra

Dalit groups along with the opposition parties of Andhra Pradesh called for a statewide bandh on Monday in protest against the desecration of Ambedkar statues at Amalapuram of East Godavari district and some other places in Coastal Andhra a couple of days ago.

Disfiguring the statues snowballed into big controversy in the state and violence erupted at some vulnerable pockets of the state, besides the places of incidents.

Schools, colleges, shops and business establishments remained closed in many districts while protestors blocked roads to stop buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC).

Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), left parties, and peoples organizations have extended their support for the bandh.

Police in Hyderabad are on high alert after three vehicles were burnt by protestors Sunday night.

A private bus was set afire at Chilkalguda in Secunderabad early Monday. Earlier, a bus of APSRTC was torched in Ramanthapur while a private van was destroyed in Tarnaka.

Police have sealed all the routes around Osmania University in Hyderabad to prevent students from taking out a rally.

Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) and students groups have planned protests in Hyderabad.

Following the visit of three ministers, police arrested three youths responsible for desecration of statues. The flimsy confessions of the held and the inappropriate briefing of the police officials in the case made it clear that the police were compelled to be in haste to paint mischievous colours to the incident.

Meanwhile, blame game started between the ruling and opposition parties. The opposition parties alleging the bickering in Congress party for the statues desecration. In turn, the Congress leaders are accusing the opposition of making mountains out of molehills.

As the elections for local bodies are round the corner, ruling Congress, which has been weakened by Jagan- factor, tied up its hopes on the charisma of politician turned film star Chiranjeevi. But, in the case of vandalizing the statues, the people of the Kapu community to which Chiranjeevi belongs, were held responsible. Congress in AP has a strong vote bank of both Kapu and Dalit communities. Therefore, the party indeed has its interests in keeping both parties in amiable fold. Clashes between these allies would affect the prospects of the party in the local-body elections, which have become prestigious to destabilized Kiran Kumar Reddy government.

Enraged on the manipulations of the state government in connivance with police, opposition parties along with the student organizations held a joint meeting here in Hyderabad on Sunday and called for a statewide bandh on Monday to protest against the demolition and to insist upon the government to ensure that such incidents do not recur in future.

Telangana protest turns violent, buses torched

The ongoing movement for a separate Telangana state appears to be taking a violent turn with suspected protesters allegedly setting afire two private buses and the booking counter of a railway station in separate incidents in Andhra Pradesh, police said.

One Volvo bus was completely destroyed after it was torched by unidentified people around 1 a.m. Wednesday near Jamia Osmania railway station here, they said.

The vehicle belonging to a private operator used to carry employees of a software company, the bus driver said.

In another incident around the same time, suspected Telangana activists set afire a booking counter of Sitaphalmandi railway station. The attackers fled before police reached the scene.

Both the attacks were carried out near Osmania University, which has been witnessing massive protests by students for separate Telangana state. The protesters had earlier targeted Jamia Osmania railway station.

In another incident, unidentified people torched a private bus in Nalgonda district after forcing the passengers to get down. The bus was going to Vijayawada from Hyderabad.

Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is spearheading the movement, has already threatened to stop buses being plied between Hyderabad and Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra regions).

JAC leaders had warned the government that if the buses were not stopped from plying, they would not be responsible for the consequences.

State-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses have remained off the roads in Telangana for 10 days as RTC employees joined the general strike for separate state.

However, JAC alleged that authorities were still operating buses between Hyderabad and Seemandhra.

Exam boycott continues

Hyderabad, Jan. 21: Majority of the students of Osmania University and its constituent and affiliated colleges boycotted their PG semester exams for the second consecutive day on Friday demanding that the Centre move a Telangana Bill in the Parliament.

At the same time, around a dozen foreign students climbed atop the administrative building on the OU campus asking the vice-chancellor, Prof T. Tirupathi Rao to conduct exams for them. They threatened to jump down otherwise.

The students came down from the building after Prof Rao assured them that the university will conduct separate exams for them at the centres outside the campus.

About 600 foreign students mostly from African countries could not appear for the exams for the last two days as they were allotted centres on the OU campus which remained closed following the boycott call given by the JAC.

The foreign students, mostly hailing from poor homes, are worried about completing their studies before their visa expires during April and May.

On the second day too, none of the students from OU and its constituent colleges in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar and Nizamabad appeared for the exams.

All the 3,200 students on the OU campus boycotted the exams in the morning session while 1,453 students in private affiliated colleges sat for the exams.

We will go ahead with the exams as scheduled irrespective of the attendance percentage, said the VC.

Row over OU Ph.D entrance

The selection list for admission into the Ph.D course in Osmania University has been revised three times under pressure from the students. This time, the students claim that those who had obtained lower marks in the Ph.D entrance test figured in the selection list, while students who got higher marks were not selected.

The Osmania University has reduced the qualifying marks for the entrance test for Ph.D admission three times since July last year under pressure from the students. The qualifying marks for admission was 40 per cent for open category (OC) students and 30 per cent for reserved quota students in the first list of selected candidates released in July last year.

This was lowered to 30 per cent and 20 per cent respectively under pressure from students who failed to make it to the selection list of the course. Even after reducing the qualifying marks by 10 per cent, some students failed to make it to the selection list and again brought pressure on the university to lower the qualifying marks further by demonstrating on the campus.

Capitulating once again, Osmania University reduced the qualifying marks by five per cent making it 25 per cent for OCs and 15 per cent for reserved quota students. This time when the list was released, the names of some students who figured in the first list when the qualifying marks were higher, failed to make it to the third list where the qualifying marks were reduced significantly.

Some students approached the Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission alleging irregularities in the admissions procedure. They complained that university officials have given admissions to those students who had threatened them if they were not selected.

The APSHRC has directed the registrar of Osmania University to submit a detailed report within two weeks. Of late, the standard of Ph. Ds in the Osmania University has touched rock bottom with less than five per cent of the total selected candidates completing the programme within the stipulated period. For instance, out of 1,000 students who registered for Ph. Ds in arts subjects in the last 10 years, only 90 candidates have completed it.

University officials say that students treat a Ph.D course as a means to avail free hostel and mess facilities on the campus.

1 lakh arrested across Telangana: TJAC

The TJAC chairman, Prof. Kodandaram, said the Million March would be a memorable event and would send a strong message to the Centre about the aspirations of Telangana people who want a separate state. He alleged that one lakh people were arrested across Telangana, including 11,000 in Hyderabad city, and accused the government of trying to terrorise people who plan to attend a peaceful rally.

The Telangana Telugu Desam Forum led by Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy, the BJP, CPI and Telangana Congress leaders, have promised to participate in the rally. Crowd management will be a huge problem if the projected 10 lakh people actually converge at a point.

Around 20,000 policemen are available in Cyberabad and Hyderabad, special watch and patrolling teams have been set up at Tank Bund, Osmania University, Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram and at Secunderabad Jubilee Bus Station and at educational institutions. The Rapid Action Force, the BSF, the CRPF and other paramilitary forces have also been deployed. Additional forces from Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema, the Octopus and Greyhounds teams, quick reaction teams, and Task Force are all on duty. More than 350 videographers have been recruited.

A senior police official said that the latest information suggests that the mobilisation of people will not be as large as initially feared. The programme is mostly confined to Tank Bund, roads leading to the Secretariat, Assembly, Raj Bhavan, Chief Ministers Camp Office and a few other areas and will be held mostly between 1 pm and 4 pm.

Numerous check-points have been set up at all points of entry into the city from nearby districts.

TDP MLAs squabble AP assembly

Senior party leader N. Janardhan Reddy tried to stall proceedings by rushing towards the speakers podium and holding a placard demanding a bill in parliament for the formation of Telangana state.
(File photo) Pro-Telangana students of Osmania University shout slogans as they stage a demonstration against the Justice Srikrishna Committee Report, at the universitys campus in Hyderabad - PTI
Sharp differences among the legislators of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the Telangana region came to the fore in the Andhra Pradesh on Monday, embarrassing party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Senior party leader N. Janardhan Reddy tried to stall proceedings by rushing towards the speakers podium and holding a placard demanding a bill in parliament for the formation of separate Telangana state.

This move by Janardhan Reddy, who is heading the Telangana TDP Forum, a body of party legislators from the region, evoked a sharp protest from other Telangana members.

Janardhan Reddy had sharp exchange of words with M. Narasimulu and others in the presence of Naidu, who was visibly upset over the turn of events.

The former state minister later criticised other Telangana legislators for not rising in his support and declared that he would carry on a lone battle as four crore people of the region were behind him.
I will take my own decision if the party leadership opposes separate Telangana state, he told reporters.

Soon, about a dozen legislators came before the media to hit back at Janardhan Reddy, alleging that he was trying to push forward his personal agenda by trying to give an impression that others were not for a separate state.

Narasimulu, Revant Reddy, M. Venkateswara Rao and others said they all had Sunday agreed to end the boycott of the assembly session as government employees in Telangana had also called off their non-cooperation movement.

But all of a sudden, Janardhan Reddy raised the Telangana issue in the house to show that we are all guilty, said Narasimulu.

The legislators said they were all ready to resign enmass and create a constitutional crisis to press for their demand.

We abide by our decision. Let him submit our resignation letters to the speaker, said Venkateswara Rao, reacting to Janardhan Reddys statement that he was in possession of the resignation letters of all Telangana legislators.

The legislators had handed over resignation letters to Janardhan Reddy last year to forward the same to Telangan Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M. Kodandaram with the rider that resignation letters of Congress legislators from the region should also be submitted along with their letters.
For the last one week, TDP legislators from Telangana were not attending the assembly and their counterparts from ruling Congress too were boycotting.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Communist Party of India (CPI) are also boycotting the assembly, demanding Telangana bill in parliament.

Janardhan Reddy opposed the decision of his colleagues to return to assembly, saying they would not be able to face the people in the region.

In their absence, TDP legisltors from Andhra and Raylaseema regions had been raising slogans demanding that the state be kept united.

Naidu, who hails from Rayalaseema region and has not taken a clear stand on Telangana, was annoyed over the behaviour of his party legislators. He was also not attending the assembly for the last few days. He returned to the house Monday, only to witness an open fight among his legislators.

Telangana has 119 legislators in 294-member assembly. TDPs strength from the region is 37.

City boy youngest to clear CA test

A city prodigy, Nischal Narayana, 15, has become the youngest person ever to clear the tough-as-nails Integrated Professional Competence Course, a crucial hurdle in Chartered Accountancy.

Blessed with a super power memory and razor sharp mind, Nischal also holds a double Guinness World Record — for memorising random objects in 2006 and for memorising numbers in 2009.

Nischal, now a B.Com second year student at the Osmania University, enrolled for IPCC after clearing the common proficiency test, the entrance exam for enrolling in CA at the tender age of 13. The results was declared on February 9. As per norms, one has to complete Intermediate to appear for CPT test which is held twice every year and it is usually 19-year-olds who attempt to clear the IPCC.

As Nischal has completed IGCSE (Class X equivalent), AS level (Class XI equivalent) and A level (Class XII equivalent) in one year from the Cambridge university in 2009, the ICAI authorities didnt insist on age, said his mother, Dr N. Padmavathy, with a smile.

IPCC has seven subjects, of which some are practical and some theory, says Nischal in a matter of fact tone. I had to prepare a lot for practicals.

Nischal also adds that he studied for 14 hours a day in the month before the exams and five to six hours a day in the months before. I am very happy as it gave immense happiness to my parents, adds the teenager, who likes to work hard instead of resting on the laurels of his records.

Interestingly, this time only 18 per cent of the candidates who appeared for IPCC cleared the exam. Nischal took coaching at the Digvijay Institute and he was felicitated there on Wednesday evening. But mentors hesitate to claim credit for his success, for obvious reasons.

I only helped in planning and background work as I did not know the subject, said his mother, accompanied by his beaming father, Mr N. Srinivasa Rao.

Nischal has also designed a Math Lab project which is being used in 50,000 schools across the globe and has been made part of the curriculum of government schools in Maharashtra.

He has been acting as mentor of the Nischal Smart Learning Solutions since January 2010 which has been designing educational products.

AP badminton squad for 34th National Games

The following players will represent Andhra Pradesh in the 34th National Games to be held at Ranchi from February 16 to 21.

The teams will undergo coaching at the Pullela Gopichand Academy till February 11, before leaving for Ranchi on February 12.

Mens: B. Chetan Anand, R.M.V. Guru Sai Dutt, K. Nanda Gopal, B. Sai Praneeth,
K. Sri Kanth, K.Tarun, B. Sumeeth Reddy.
Womens: P.V. Sindhu, P. Jyotsna, N. Sikki Reddy, Prajakta Sawant.

Ojha to lead City side in domestic One-dayers

The following players have been selected to represent the Hyderabad cricket team in the South Zone inter-state one-day limited overs cricket tournament for K.S. Subbaiah Pillai Trophy to be held in Kerala from February 11 to 18:
The team: P. Pragyan Ojha (captain), D.B. Ravi Teja, P. Akshath Reddy, G.H. Vihari, B. Sandeep, Ibrahim Khaleel (wicketkeeper), Habeeb (wicketkeeper), T. Suman, S. M. Shoaib, Amol Shinde, Kaneshkk Naidu, Benjamin Thomas, Paramveer Singh, Ahmed Quadri, Vivek Krishna. Coach: M.V. Sridhar. Manager: K. Surender Reddy.

Arshiya to lead OU womens Kabaddi team

The following players will represent the Osmania University Kabbadi Womens Team in the South West Zone Inter University Kabbadi Womens Championships to be held at Vikram University, Ujjain, from 9 to 13 February 2011.
The team: Arshiya Zabeen (captain), Bhavani, Vasantha Devi, Suvarna, Vijetha, Rajitha, Sharadha, Sony, Kavitha, Sunitha Singh, Ch.Vijaya, G.Ramamma.

Remuneration up for PR secretaries

The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has taken certain decisions including enhancing the remuneration of panchayat secretaries appointed on contract basis. According to a Chief Ministers Office press release, the remuneration will be enhanced from Rs 4,900 to Rs 8,400 benefiting 3,421 contract panchayat secretaries. The Chief Minister also decided to provide an additional budget of Rs 57 lakhs during 2011-12 to the director of Daoratul Maarif-il-Osmania, Osmania University, to meet the requirement of salaries to the employees.

Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy approved the sanction of teaching and non-teaching posts in the JNTU College of Engineering, Manthani, Karimnagar district, in the first phase. As many as 68 teaching staff, 9 non-teaching, 63 outsourcing, 42 technical, 9 skilled staff and 37 campus maintenance staff will be recruited and the financial commitment for these posts is Rs 6.2 crore.

The note said the Chief Minister also approved the consolidation of pension in respect of teachers at the universities, colleges or aided colleges, drawing the UGC scales, who retired between 1.1.1996 to 31. 12.2005. The decision will come into force with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006.

Outsourced varsity jobs open to graft

Outsourcing jobs at examination branches in state universities is becoming a major problem with it coming to light that outsourced employees have been instrumental in leaking question papers and tampering answer sheets for money. In Osmania University itself, out of 1,100 sanctioned posts, only 600 are regular employees and the rest have been appointed on contract basis through outsourcing.

Even the Board of Intermediate Education and the SSC Board have over 100 employees working on contract basis. The situation is so bad that by paying anything between `5,000 and `20,000, one can get any type of work done with the help of outsourced employees in the examination branches, from leaking question papers to tampering answer sheets and manipulation of marks.

Outsourced employees, who get meagre salaries of `5,000, are often lured with bribes as high as Rs 20,000, depending on the risk. Despite several incidents of outsourced employees being involved in irregularities, the state government still prefers to continue with the contract recruitment system citing financial constraints. The recent incident of the B.Com paper leak at OU and the tampering of M.Tech answer sheets in JNTU-Hyderabad are only the tip of the iceberg. Sources say that many such incidents go unreported in universities and the government and university officials remain mute spectators.

Repeated requests of Vice-Chancellors to allot regular posts in universities, at least in departments involved in confidential works such as exam duties, are falling on deaf ears. We have sent proposals for recruiting regular staff in exam branches several times. However, there has been no response from the finance department, said Prof. D.N. Reddy, V-C, JNTU-Hyderabad. In some cases, the state finance department has been advising the V-Cs to look for outsourcing employees even for appointing the controller of examinations, the key official in exam duties, when they approach them with proposals requesting allotment of regular posts.

Osmania University exams postponed after students-police clash in campus

Osmania University campus police station has turned into fortress with cops building a compund wall with fencing to prevent attacks by students and telangana agitators - DC

With violence rocking the Osmania University (OU) here after pro-Telangana students clashed with police in support of their demand for granting statehood to Telangana region, the OU authorities today decided to postpone all the examinations scheduled from tomorrow.

All the OU exams to be held from July 7-11 are postponed. There will be no change in the exams schedule beginning from July 12. The revised dates of the postponed exams will be announced later, the Registrar of the University said.

Similarly, the entrance tests for part-time PG courses in Engineering at College of Engineering on the varsity campus to be held on July 9 and 10 are also postponed.

Meanwhile, the University of Hyderabad--a Central University here notified that interview for admission to different courses-programmes (for shortlisted candidates) offered at the University for the academic year 2011-12 would be conducted on July 12.

The decision was taken to facilitate the shortlisted candidates who could not attend interview in view of the 48-hour Telangana region bandh being observed by different pro-Telangana organisations.

The OU campus which has turned into the nerve centre for the separate Telangana (with series of pro-Telangana protests since November 2009) movement has earlier also seen repeated postponement of examinations owing to the agitation.

Pro-Telangana students at the campus and constituent colleges had boycotted the exams in December last year and early this year.

Varsities in Andhra Pradesh fail to fill faculty positions

Varsities in Andhra Pradesh fail to fill faculty positions

Most of the universities in Andhra Pradesh are facing an acute shortage of faculty which, in turn, is seriously affecting the academic standards of these institutions.

Added to this, most of the varsities are headless as they are functioning without vice-chancellors and executive councils for periods ranging from four months to two years.

Universities are not in a position to recruit full-time faculty due to dearth of funds as the state government since 2008 has imposed a drastic cut in the block grants awarded to varsities citing financial constraints.

With this, the universities are banking on ill-qualified contract faculty and are paying them meagre salaries. Several universities are struggling even to pay the salaries of the skeleton staff that are left on the rolls and are using their pension funds, fixed deposits and other reserves for the purpose.

The sorry state of affairs starts with the Osmania University and the Andhra University, the two largest universities in the state. As against the sanctioned stren-gth of 146 posts of professors in OU, 126 are vacant, while in the case of AU, out of 156 posts, 107 are vacant.

The problem of faculty shortage in state universities has reached alarming levels. While the state government has sanctioned a total of 5,256 posts — professors, associate professors and assistant professors — in all universities put together, almost half of them — 2,107 posts — are vacant. While the state government has sanctioned 797 professors posts for all the universities, as many as 506 posts are vacant and only 191 posts are filled.

The situation is no different for associate professor posts. Of the total sanctioned 1,616 associate professors posts, 882 are vacant.

Even in this case OU and AU lead the pack. In OU 327 of the total 502 posts of associate professors are empty and 100 of 277 posts in AU are empty.

In the case of assistant professors posts, out of a total of 2,843 sanctioned posts, 719 are vacant. In OU, of 575 assistant professors posts, 59 are vacant while in AU, 144 posts are vacant out of 502 sanctioned posts.

The situation is worse for the 10 new universities, which have been established since 2005. These universities have professors on the rolls ranging from just 3 to 11, significantly lower than an individual PG college, but still being called universities.

Shockingly, in the case of Jawaharlal Nehru University of Architecture and Fine Arts, all the 8 professors posts are vacant.

Ironically, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad, known to be the largest technological university in the world with over 1,000 engineering, MBA, MCA and other professional colleges under its belt, has just 16 professors out of the sanctioned posts of 55.

An institution having a V-C, executive council, the required number of professors, associate professors and assistant professors apart from non-teaching faculty will be called a university. Shockingly, all the 24 state universities in our state are functioning without complying even with the minimum norms on faculty. In these conditions, how can we expect the universities to churn out better graduates? asked Prof. Nageshwar of OU.

Outsourcing to evade pay norms

Faced with severe shortage of faculty and funds, the universities have been outsourcing jobs for meagre salaries to escape from paying the huge UGC pay scales for regular staff.

The universities are not leaving even examination branches, where confidential works like preparing question papers, evaluation of answer scripts and printing of original marks certificates take place and are filling these posts too with outsourcing staff.

The recent incident of the B.Com paper leak at OU and the tampering of M.Tech answer sheets in JNTU-Hyderabad are only the tip of the iceberg. Many such incidents go unreported in universities and the government and university officials remain mute spectators.

Repeated requests by V-C to allot regular posts in universities, at least in departments involved in confidential works such as exam duties, are falling on deaf ears. In some cases, the state Finance department has been advising the V-Cs to outsource even the controller of examinations, the key official in exam duties.

Outsourcing jobs at examination branches in state universities is becoming a major problem with incidents coming to light where outsourced employees have been instrumental in leaking question papers and tampering with answer sheets for money. In OU itself, out of 1,100 sanctioned posts, only 600 are regular employees and the rest have been appointed on contract basis.

The situation is so bad that by paying anything between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000, one can get any type of work done with the help of outsourced employees in the examination branches, from leaking question papers to tampering answer sheets and manipulation of marks.

Outsourced employees, who get meagre salaries of Rs 5,000, are often lured with bribes as high as Rs 20,000, depending on the risk. Despite several incidents of outsourced employees being involved in irregularities, the state government still prefers to continue with the contract recruitment system citing financial constraints.

We have sent proposals for recruiting staff in exam branches several times. However, there has been no response from the Finance department, said Prof. D. N. Reddy, V-C, JNTU-Hyderabad.

Half of OU students flunk Degree final year exams

June 22: Half of the students who appeared for the Osmania Universitys BA, B.Com and B.Sc final year exams this year have failed, according to the results announced on Wednesday. While OU officials blamed fewer working days for colleges on account of Telangana agitations on campus, the Osmania University Joint Action Committee alleged conspiracy by evaluators from Seema-Andhra region to scuttle the T-movement by failing majority of the students.

The OU-JAC has decided to launch an agitation programme demanding revaluation of answer scripts by evaluators from Telangana. While a total of 70,620 appeared for the final exams, only 35,289 passed, recording a pass percentage of just 49.97. In BA and B.Com, the pass percentage fell by nearly 10 per cent over last year and in B.Sc it came down by 1 per cent. In all 2,19,335 candidates comprising 1,18,906 boys and 1,00,429 girls had appeared for the degree (I, II and III years) examinations. The course-wise break up was 31,773 for BA, 1,01,596 for B.Com and 85,966 for B.Sc.

Out of 9,438 students who appeared for their BA final year exams, only 4,416 passed, while in B.Com, out of 31,703 who appeared, 15,960 cleared the exams. In B.Sc, 14,913 out of 30,109 students cleared the exams. We will analyse the results to find out what went wrong. There were fewer working days for colleges on account of T-agitation, said Prof. D.N. Reddy, in-charge VC of OU. Students can collect their marks from their respective colleges after July 1. The last date for applying for revaluati-on-recounting is July 5. Temporary online memos will be available for `25 through DD at the examination branch from June 25.

OU professor held for forgery

June 17: The Osmania University on Friday suspended Prof V. Jagadeeshwar Rao, the director of the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC). He was arrested on June 14 for alleged forgery and fabrication of documents. Prof M. Upendar, department of economics, OU, has been appointed as director of EMRC with immediate effect.

Prof Rao was accused of changing the minutes of the seventh Board of Management (BOM) meeting of EMRC and introducing content to his advantage. There were complaints that Prof Rao had tweaked the minutes of the Board meeting over the reinstatement of former section officer of EMRC, Mr Madhusudhan Reddy, who resigned to contest the elections. There were also allegations that Prof Rao altered some words in the minutes of the BOM meeting. During the meeting it was decided to buy an OB van for the centre. He replaced the words OB van with Indigo car. He was also charged with tampering with the details of employees salaries.

Meanwhile, the Osmania University has cancelled the PGCET exam for linguistic papers scheduled on Friday, following complaints of leakage of question papers. About 800 students were to appear for the exam at the centre in AV College, Domalguda. However, the students boycotted the exam, alleging that the question papers had been leaked. They held a demonstration at the centre demanding cancellation of the exam.The OU officials, while denying this charge, decided to cancel the exam and ordered an inquiry into the issue. The officials said that a fresh date for the exam would be announced.

Osmania University students call off fast

Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya enters Osmania University campus in disguise covering his face with a piece of cloth and wearing a suit through a opening of a compound wall riding pillion on a motorcycle. He almost checked twelve ways to get into the campus to meet the students who are on a hunger strike in protest demanding separate Telangana state. He was, however, arrested while he was returning from the campus through an opening in the wall - DC photo p

Students of Osmania University called off their indefinite fast on the fourth day on Thursday following an appeal from various political parties fighting for a separate Telangana state.

As the condition of some students had deteriorated, leaders of various parties rushed to Osmania University this evening and convinced the students to end their fast.

Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M. Kodandaram, Telangana Praja Front leader Gaddar, Congress MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bandaru Dattatreya offered fruit juice to the students.

Demanding that the central government initiate the process for formation of a separate state, about 50 students had launched the indefinite fast July 11.

Some of the fasting students had developed fever and their blood pressure had come down. Five of them were on Wednesday admitted to Gandhi Hospital while the condition of some others deteriorated on Thursday.

Osmania University Joint Action Committee (OU JAC) has also called off their proposed march to assembly on Friday.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders from Telangana on Thursday night called off their two-day fast. They said they ended the hunger strike 12 hours before the scheduled time in the wake of bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Senior leader and state minister K. Jana Reddy urged the central leadership of the party to immediately initiate the process for formation of a Telangana state.

He said the Congress would get strengthened in Telangana by carving out the separate state. Reddy also voiced the apprehension that if the process is delayed, the movement may intensify creating law and order problems.

Osmania University under police siege, dozens arrested

Cops fire tear gas at students during a protest in support of a separate state of Telangana at Osmania University campus in Hyderabad - AFP

Violence rocked Osmania University again on Monday morning as police teargassed students trying to take out a rally while another group of students began an indefinite fast demanding immediate carving of separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh.

Police burst teargas shells as students, angered at being prevented from taking out a motorbike rally to Raj Bhavan, pelted stones on the constabulary at the main gate of the university. Police also arrested several students for defying ban on any gathering of five or more people.

Tension grew on the campus as dozens of students launched an indefinite fast at the Arts College despite arrests of students in Hyderabad and other districts of Telangana.

The Osmania campus turned into a battlefield for the fourth time in a week as students clashed with police. Armed policemen were seen chasing stone pelting students around the campus.

Police continued to arrest dozens of students reaching Osmania University from different parts of the city and other districts. The university was under police siege since Sunday night to foil the indefinite fast.

Police have since Sunday night also arrested some leaders of the Osmania University Joint Action Committee (OU JAC), the committee said.

Preventive arrests of students were also made in Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda and other towns to stop them from proceeding to Hyderabad. Protesting what they called the highhanded attitude of police, students of Kakatiya University in Warangal also launched indefinite fast.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader E. Rajender alleged that hundreds of students were arrested in all 10 districts of Telangana.

Despite the police crackdown, the OU JAC succeeded in pitching a tent in front of the Arts College and launching the fast at 11 a.m.

Political JAC convenor M. Kodandaram and some other leaders also managed to reach the venue but other political leaders were arrested at the main gate while trying to enter the university.

The sprawling university campus was under siege by the police and central paramilitary forces, who have sealed all the routes leading towards the campus to scuttle OU JAC plans.

Tension also prevailed in surrounding areas as police erected barricades and carried out checks of vehicles.

The OU JAC had announced plans to launch the mass fast with 10,000 students. The political JAC and various groups fighting for a separate Telangana state have declared their support to the fast.

However, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Khan said there was no permission for the programme. He also banned the entry of outsiders into the campus on the ground that there are orders from the Supreme Court.

The police chief pointed out that prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people are also in force in the city.

Osmania University is the nerve centre of the Telangana agitation and has witnessed clashes between students and police since the latest phase of the agitation began earlier this month.

OU puts off exams on Friday

After the declaration of the Bandh, the Osmania University postponed all the exams (MBA, M.Ed, Pharma-D and BE supplementary) which were scheduled on Friday.

There is no change in the schedule for the remaining exams.

Counselling for all PG admissions in Osmania, Telangana, Mahatma Gandhi and Palamuru universities which were scheduled for Friday at Nizam College, Basheerbagh, have been postponed by a day. Counselling scheduled to be held on July 23 will now take place on July 2.

The NTR University of Health Sciences postponed the ongoing MBBS counselling being held at JNTU-Kukatpally on Friday by a day.

Meanwhile, people queued up at petrol bunks all over the city disrupting the traffic soon after the bandh was announced the TJAC.

The body of Yadhi Reddy, who had committed suicide for Telangana statehood, was brought here from New Delhi amidst tight security.

Police cordoned off the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and took scores of TRS and other activists into custody when they tried to enter the airport to receive the body.

Police took the body in an ambulance to Peddamangalaram village. Hundreds of people gathered in the village as news of the arrival of the body spread.

VC post: AP adopts local policy

July 26: The state government has been issuing nation-wide notifications to select candidates for the post of vice-chancellors of universities, but the fact is that in these regionally chauvinistic times, it cannot select a candidate even from the neighbouring district of the same region, leave alone from any other part of the country. Huge sum of public money have been wasted in issuing these notifications. The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education has spent `60 lakh till now for issuing nation-wide notifications which served no purpose.

The intention is good — to attract the best national talent to fill the vice-chancellors posts in our state universities — but the situation on the ground is such that the nation-wide hunt is just a formality aimed at meeting the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The government issued a nation-wide notification in December 2010 to fill up eight VC posts. Seven months on, only five posts have been filled with much difficulty, and all the successful applicants are alumni of the universities they had applied to.

This week the government has again issued a nation-wide notification for another 14 VC posts. Going by past experiences, it is doubtful that any candidate from any other state will apply, since not a single applicant from outside the state was chosen last time round. No one knows what the government has achieved by issuing nation-wide notifications, when it is actually selecting new VCs on the grounds of local, non-local, caste, political affiliation and other issues. Why are lakhs of rupees of public money being wasted when the government does not have the guts even to consider applicants of other districts within the same region, leave alone other regions within the state and from other states? asks Prof. Satyanarayana of Osmania University.

Prof. Satyanarayana himself was professor of chemistry at Osmania University before being appointed its vice-chancellor. About 200 applicants from other regions and other states had applied for the post but the government preferred a person with an OU background and kept in mind the regional sentiment that is strong in that university.

Prof. Mohd. Akbar Ali Khan was selected as VC of Telangana University, Nizamabad, and was head of the commerce department of Osmania University prior to that. OU used to have jurisdiction over Nizamabad, which means that a person from the same university was appointed VC. Dr P. Prakash, appointed VC of Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, is an alumnus of Osmania and comes from the same region.

Dr K. Narasimha Reddy, who was appointed VC of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda, was head of the physics department in OU, and earlier, Nalgonda was part of OU. Prior to being appointed VC of Kakatiya University, Prof B. Venkata Rathnam was working in the department of commerce and business management in the same university. There are 34 state-run universities and the Governor of the state appoints the VCs At present there are four vacancies and within a month, 14 more VCs will retire.

It s a ding-dong battle in OU

July 6: Students are used to following routines and those at the Osmania University are no exceptions. The campus, which has become the nerve centre for the Telangana movement, however, follows a timetable of its own in times of agitations. A campus student s routine basically revolves around a breakfast-college-lunch-library schedule but it has deviated a bit at OU. After breakfast OU students go through the newspapers to keep abreast of the developments on a separate Telangana. They then assemble in front of the Arts College and dissect the news and political developments. By 10.30 am, almost everyone is there.

The students then proceed to burn effigies of some political figure and take out a rally shouting slogans. Amid drum rolls they either march towards the Osmania University Police Station or go towards the NCC Gate and clash with the security personnel waiting for them. Till 11 am they stage a protest demanding that the police to let them outside the campus to take out the rally. A brief scuffle ensues and the police resort to a mild lathi-charge. The agitators then rush back inside the campus and start pelting stones at the cops, who retaliate by lobbing tear gas shells and stun grenades.

Pro-Telangana youth s body flown back to Andhra from Delhi

The body of M. Yadireddy, a pro-Telangana youth who allegedly committed suicide in Delhi on Wednesday as he was upset over the delay in formation of the separate state, was flown to Hyderabad this evening and handed over to his family members, police said.

Tension prevailed near the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad here, as police stopped TRS and BJP workers and some pro-Telangana activists who tried to go towards the airport.

There was a heavy deployment of police force on the route to the airport, and even media was not allowed to go further.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Divsion), M. K. Sinha, said on that Yadireddy s body was taken to his native village Peddamanglaram in the neighbouring Ranga Reddy district amid tight security.

His final rites would be conducted tomorrow, he said.

Yadireddy was found hanging from a tree in the lawns behind Krishi Bhavan near the Parliament in Delhi yesterday morning.

Police also found a ten-page suicide note, purportedly written by Yadireddy.

Telangana political Joint Action Committee has called for a bandh over the alleged suicide, while the Osamania University (OU) authorities have postponed all the exams scheduled for July 22, anticipating fresh trouble.

There is no change in remaining exams schedule. New dates for the postponed exams would be announced later, OU Registrar said.

Post Graduate counselling scheduled for July 22 has also been postponed, and rescheduled for July 23.

City techie dies in freak mishap`

July 17: A 30-year-old employee of a software company was electrocuted after he came in contact with a flexi board installed in front of an ATM centre located on Street No 1 in Tarnaka here on Sunday.

According to the Osmania University police, the victim, A. Rajasekhar, a native of Station Road at Bhongir in Nalgonda, was returning from a visit to the Mahankali temple in Secunderabad at around 6.30 am on Sunday, and stopped to withdraw money from the ATM. There was waterlogging in front of the ATM and to avoid stepping in the water, Rajasekhar took the support of the flexi board of the ATM centre, which was illuminated by electricity from the ATM centre. He suffered an electric shock and died on the spot. The police has registered a case of accidental death and is investigating.

In another tragic incident in the city, an assistant engineer of Genco committed suicide by jumping into Gandipet Lake because his fiancée reportedly suspected him of having an affair with another woman.
Sridhar Babu, 32, left a suicide note in which he mentioned that he was ending his life so that everyone will be happy and asked the police to inform his fiancée about his death and supplied her address and mobile number. The police has registered a case of suspicious death under Section 174 and is investigating.

RandB minister s son issued notice

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday issued notice to the state government and Mr D. Manohar Naidu, son of the roads and buildings minister, Mr D. Prasad Rao, on a petition seeking a direction to suspend quarry lease granted in favour of Ms Virgin Rock (Pvt) Ltd. owned by Mr D. Ram Manohar Naidu in Srikakulam district.

Mr S. Mukhalingham, sarpanch of the village, filed the writ stating that the revenue and mines and geology department authorities granted lease to the minister s son without following procedures and without a resolution from the gram sabha.

The bench granted three weeks to the respondents file their counter affidavits on the plea.
The court also issued notice to the state in another plea seeking a direction to conduct audit of accounts for the last five years of all the private unaided schools in the state immediately and submit a report to the court.

HC stays transfer of NMDC cleaners

Justice K.C. Bhanu on Thursday stayed the transfer of 14 senior cleaners and helpers of Sponge Iron Unit of the NMDC from Paloncha to Panna in Madhya Pradesh.

The judge interdicted the transfer order, contrary to common practice when it was pointed out that the transfer order was issued when the union and the management were in the process of conciliation of a industrial dispute on the same issue. They pointed out that the law prohibits transfers pending conciliation proceedings.

Plea on PR polls adjourned

Justice Noushad Ali adjourned the hearing to Friday on a plea questioning the action of the state government in not conducting the elections the panchayat raj local bodies.

Mr K. Nageswara Rao, chairperson of the Krishna District Zilla Parishad, and seven others approached the HC contending that the indecision over reservations was not an excuse to postpone the elections.

The advocate-general, Mr A. Sudarshan Reddy, told the judge that a division bench had stayed the elections and the GO providing 61 per cent reservations to SC, ST and Backward Classes.

HC turns down plea on cops in OU

The High Court on Thursday refused to grant permission for a lunch motion moved by a practicing advocate Ms G. Jyothi Kiran, seeking a direction to declare the action of the police as illegal in blocking the entrance of the Osmania University campus and resorting to arrests on the suspicion of visiting the campus.

The court asked the petitioner to file the plea in routine course and it will examine the issue.

T-leaders not allowed to enter Osmania campus

July 11: The TRS floor leader in the Assembly, Mr Etela Rajender, Mr T. Harish Rao, Mr K.T. Rama Rao, suspended TD MLA, Mr Nagam Janardhan Reddy and several Telangana leaders were arrested by the police outside the Assembly premises when they tried to go to the Osmania University campus to express solidarity with the students who launched a hunger strike here on Monday.

The TRS and TD leaders argued with the police to allow them to call on the students, but the latter turned down the plea in view of the volatile atmosphere on OU campus. It s a murder of democracy. The government is trying to suppress the Telangana movement, but it will be futile. How can they arrest us without the permission of Speaker, Mr Rama Rao asked. Mr Nagam said the government had no respect for rule of the law and is trying to put all sections of people fighting for Telangana behind bars.

Arrests cannot stop Telangana movement. It s a people s movement and no force can stop, he remarked. The TJAC convener, Prof. Kodandaram, also accused the government of behaving in a high-handed manner and condemned the arrests. Students were arrested indiscriminately and thrown behind bars. I strongly condemn police action. We haven t seen this kind of behaviour even during emergency, he said. Prof. Kodandaram said the entire OU campus has come under police net and entry into it is much more difficult than crossing the national borders into another country. Expressing solidarity with the striking students, he said they would not be cowed down by arrests and threats. Our goal is Telangana. We will achieve it at any cost, he said.

Andhra CM holds meeting ahead of pro-Telangana agitations

Andhra CM Kiran Kumar Reddy chaired a high-level meeting on the eve of Telagana agitations - DC file photo

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday held a high-level meeting to discuss the law and order situation in view of various agitation programmes planned by pro-Telangana groups in the next few days and the strike by government employees from August 17, .

Reddy held the meeting with Chief Secretary S V Prasad, Director General of Police V Dinesh Reddy and other senior officials.

Reddy also discussed the steps to be taken for a smooth conduct of written examination for the recruitment of Police Sub-Inspectors (PSI) on August 13 and 14, following threats by separatist groups to block it, sources in the Chief Minister s Office said.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and other political parties and Telangana JAC have threatened to obstruct the exam in protest against the state government s decision to go ahead with the exam without deleting clause 14 (f) of the Presidential Order, which will pave the way for Hyderabad being declared as part of Zone VI for all services.

Initially the pro-Telangana groups, including the Osmania University Students JAC called for a bandh in the Telangana region on August 8. However, they are now planning to organise a 48-hour bandh from August 13.

The written test was earlier postponed in November last year after pro-Telangana student groups launched an agitation on 14 (f) clause of Presidential Order, which declared Hyderabad as a free zone for police recruitment.

The agitation then had witnessed wide-spread violence, with pro-Telangana students staging demonstrations and trying to storm the residences of Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy and other ministers and burning down buses even as the Osmania University campus remaining tense due to the protests for few days.

Additional DG (Intelligence) M Mahender Reddy, Police Commissioners (Hyderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerate) A K Khan and Dwarka Tirumala Rao were among other officials who attended the meeting.

50% teacher posts lie vacant in universities

Nearly half the teaching posts in 23 universities in the state have been lying vacant for the last five years, with the government citing financial constraints as the reason for not going ahead with recruitments. A report, ordered by the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on the actual vacancies in universities in May, found that out of the 5,349 posts sanctioned at professor-level and associate professor-level, only 3,055 posts have been filled and 2,294 posts are lying vacant for the last several years. Osmania University tops the list with 580 posts lying vacant out of total 1,223 sanctioned posts.

In Andhra University, out of 981 sanctioned posts, 461 are vacant. Similarly in Kakatiya University 116 out of 361 posts, in Telugu Unive-rsity 56 out of 97 posts, in Acharya Nagarjuna Uni-versity 78 out of 204 posts, in JNTU-Hyderabad 91 out of 324 posts, in Sri Krishnadevaraya Univers-ity 68 out of 215 posts, in Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University 17 out of 86 posts, in Sri Venkatesh-wara University 223 out of 601 posts are lying vacant. The CM directed us to speed up the recruitment process and also submit an action taken report in a month. All the VCs were asked to issue notifications for recruitment, said Dr Rajashekar Reddy, secretary, AP State Coun-cil of Higher Education. However, it is learnt that despite the government sanctioning the posts, the finance department has been imposing cuts in the number of posts when giving approvals.

OU functions normally during T-stir

The Osmania University, traditionally seen to be a hotbed of pro-Telangana agitation, functioned normally on Wednesday, the second day of the indefinite general strike of employees across Telangana.

The OU students, who had boycotted the classes in the morning on September 13 in support of the strike, attended classes later. The Osmania University Teachers Association (OUTA) is not extending support to the bandh. However, the teachers unions in Telangana region have decided to take part in the general strike from September 16.

The unions launched a signature campaign on Wednesday in the region, to muster the support of 1.7 lakh teachers working in nearly 30,000 schools in a bid to ensure that all government schools in the region are shut down from Friday. As of now, only the PRTU-Telangana is participating in the strike. The representatives of all the teachers unions in T-districts are visiting government schools to garner the support of teachers for the strike. They are taking written assurances from the teachers that they will participate in the strike for the cause of Telangana state. A majority of the teachers in the region boycotted duties. The Telangana Government Residential Schools and Colleges JAC served a strike notice on Wednesday.

T-stir puts APPSC exam in trouble

The AP Public Service Commissions Group-I services mains exam scheduled from September 25 to October 3 is facing fresh hurdles on account of the ongoing indefinite strike that has been called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee. While the TJAC and various students organisations in Telangana have been demanding for the postponement of the exam on account of the strike, the APPSC has made it clear that there is no question of postponement of the examinations at this stage.

In the Telangana region, the APPSC has set up exam centres only in Hyderabad and Warangal. With APSRTC and other private bus operators deciding to go on an indefinite strike from September 19, the candidates are worried about reaching the examination centres on time and are demanding that the APPSC conduct the examination only after the situation becomes normal in Telangana. However, since the question papers are common for the entire state, the APPSC cannot postpone the exam only in the Telangana region. It will have to reschedule the exam in the entire state.

The Group-I exams have been facing various hurdles for the last three years. Though the APPSC released the notification in 2008 to fill 110 Group-I posts, it has not been able to complete the recruitment process till now due to various reasons. The preliminary exam conducted in August last year had been disrupted by Telangana activists. Osmania University Joint Action Committee (OUJAC) activists had attacked the exam centre at the Osmania University campus and burnt the question papers leading to cancellation of the exam.

The APPSC had to conduct the exam for the affected students again in September. Though the preliminary results were released in November last year, the APPSC could not conduct the mains exam immediately as then APPSC chairman Prof. Y. Venkat Rami Reddy was scheduled to retire in February this year. APPSC had decided to conduct the mains exam only after the new chairman took over. The new APPSC chairman, retired IAS officer Rachel Chatterjee, who was appointed in May this year, had decided to conduct the mains exam from September 25. However, the ongoing strikes in the T-region has posed fresh problems for officials.

Staff, police try to hush up ragging at Osmania University

It has come to light that Osmania University officials and the police have tried their best to hush up an incident of ragging at the Public Administration department in the Arts College.

In the first ragging incident reported at the Arts College in 25 years, juniors had alleged that the seniors had been ragging them for several days. They informed the officials that they had kept quite keeping in mind the reputation of the university, but the seniors were taking advantage of this and were behaving indecently, especially with the girl students.

The juniors had also filed a complaint at the OU police station.University officials, however, took all measures to ensure that the students withdrew their complaints against seniors.

A junior, Ms K. Karuna, who had lodged the complaint with the officials, said that the seniors had made casteist remarks against SC, ST students by asking them to introduce themselves in English, Telugu.
She informed the officials that the seniors had also made indecent comments about the physical features of girl students and had asked the SC, ST boys to stand on one leg for an hour.

Instead of taking action, the officials conducted a meeting between the seniors and juniors on Thursday and tried to resolve the issue.

They said that cases should not be lodged keeping in view the future of the students and warned the seniors of severe actions if they resorted to ragging in future.

We have convened a meeting between seniors and juniors to resolve the issue. The seniors apologised for their indecent behaviour and gave a written undertaking that they would not repeat such acts. The juniors accepted their request and agreed to withdraw their complaint, said Prof. B. Laxmaiah, Dean of Students Affairs.

Prof. Laxmaiah and Arts College Principal Mr Keshava Narayana mediated with the students to resolve the issue. They later went to the OU police station along with the students and requested the police not to lodge cases since the students had reached an understanding.

When contacted, OU vice-chancellor Prof. Satyanarayana dismissed the ragging incident and said that it was only a petty quarrel between students.

We had summoned the seniors and juniors to give an explanation. They told us that there were some differences among them and these had been resolved. The juniors agreed to withdraw the complaints after the seniors apologised. We have taken all measures to curb ragging on the campus and as such we will not tolerate any kind of ragging, he said.

In February 2009, the Supreme Court had issued directions to all state governments to take stringent anti-ragging measures, including filing criminal cases against erring students.

It had also ordered for a cut in financial aid to educational institutions found protecting students involved in ragging.

Tension at OU as T-students stage rally

Tension gripped Osmania University for a few hours on Monday as security forces fired teargas shells to disperse students who took out a rally. The students took out the rally after hearing the news of the suicide of an Arts College student in Adilabad district. One Naikini Nagesh (26), a second year student of MA (Hindi) at the University College of Arts, committed suicide by jumping before a running train at the Mancherial railway station in the wee hours of Monday. He left a suicide note saying that he was ending his life for the sake of Telangana.

We were taking out a march peacefully to pay him respects as he committed suicide for Telangana but the police without any provocation fired teargas shells at us, said Pawan, a PG student at the Old PG hostel. Students hurled stones at cops near Osmania Uni-versity police station and electric sub-station which the police tried to disperse by firing tear-gas shells.

Osmania University inspector P. Ashok and some constables sustained injuries when students hurled stones at the cops at the electricity sub-station near the B.Ed college in the campus. Tension continued at Old PG hostel as students continued to attack cops till 7.30 pm after which normalcy returned. We have registered cases against 60 to 70 students for rioting, Mr Ashok.

A report from Adilabad said Nagesh, a native of Chinthaguda village in Kagaznagar mandal, told his family that he was going to college and committed suicide at the Mancherial railway station. His parents Shankar and Lachchavva are daily wagers. He left a suicide note saying that formation of Telangana was getting delayed due to the delaying tactics of the Central and state governments

State students find NET tough

The National Eligibility Test that the University Grants Commission conducts twice a year, has become tough for aspirants from the state. While about 10,000 students appeared for NET, less than 200 students cleared it this year. This means just two per cent of the aspirants cleared the test. With UGC making NET qualification mandatory for candidates for appointment as faculty, the universities are finding it difficult to fill faculty positions. Though the number of applicants for NET has been steadily increasing in the state since the last three years, there has been no improvement in the success rate. In 2009, about 6,000 students had appeared for NET, but only 120 could clear the exam. In 2010, the number of applicants increased to 8,000, but only 150 cleared the test.

University professors attribute the low success rate to various reasons. One reason they say is that the test is being conducted only in English and Hindi and students from Telugu Medium are finding it difficult to clear it. They say a majority of the students in state universities come from Telugu Medium. In several other states, there is an option for students to appear for the State-Level Eligibility Test, or SLET, which is conducted in the regional languages. As per UGC norms, a qualification in NET or SLET is mandatory to be eligible for faculty positions. However, in Andhra Pradesh the SLET has not been conducted for over a decade. Left with no choice, students are forced to opt only for NET, said Prof. Satyanarayana of Osmania University.

Though the state government has been talking about reviving SLET since the last two years, things have not moved forward. The government handed over the job of conducting SLET to Osmania University. However, OU is yet to obtain approval from UGC to conduct SLET.

Tension in OU as cops fire tear gas shells at protesters

Tension prevailed in Osmania University on Tuesday afternoon when police fired tear gas shells to disperse students who were going in a rally from Arts College in OU to Gun Park. On being stopped at the NCC gate, the students picked up an argument with the police and pelted stones at them. The police retaliated by firing tear gas shells.

The incident took place when about 200 members of the TRS students wing took out the rally to urge that November 1 should be observed as Vidroha Dinam. The agitators threw stones at a car that was passing through the campus and damaged its window panes. They then hoisted black flags at the Arts College to protest the delay in forming a separate T-state. Members of the ABVP took a pledge to fight for Telangana. The Samajika Telangana Bahujana Samaj Feder-ation also staged a one-day hunger strike in solidarity with Konda Lakshman Bapuji who began his protest in New Delhi for a separate T-state.

Rights team at OU to study HR violations

A fact finding committee of Coordination of Democ-ratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) visited Osmania University on Sunday to study the human rights violation by cops while dealing with the Telangana agitation, and recorded the statements of Osmania University JAC leaders, Telangana JAC, lawyers JAC and others engaged in the agitation.

A 17-member committee consisting of representatives from the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee; PUCL Tamil Nadu; Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi; Association of Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) from Kolkata and Progressive Democratic Front from Bengaluru recorded their statements. The panel recorded the statements of Telangana JAC convener Prof. Kodandaram and others.

Kishenjis family wants his body for last rites

They had not seen him for over three decades but top Maoist leader Kishenjis family members have appealed to the government to hand over his body to see him for the last time and perform his last rites.

Kishenjis mother Madhuramma broke down after she was informed that her son was gunned down in West Bengal. She was shocked to learn that he fell to police bullets.

A pall of gloom descended on Kishenjis house in Pedapalli in Karimnagar district of Telangana region as relatives and friends rushed to console his family Thursday night after news came that he was killed in the forests of West Bengal.

Fifty-five-year-old Kishenji was killed Thursday by security forces during a gun battle in Burishol forest in West Bengals West Midnapore district, police said.

Family members said Madhuramma collapsed and was inconsolable as she had not seen her son ever since he went underground while doing his degree.

The second son of M. Venkataiah and Madhuramma, Kishenji, whose real name was Mallojula Koteswara Rao, did his graduation in science from a college in Karimnagar town.

While studying law at Osmania University, he joined Radical Students Union in 1974. Four years later, he went into hiding.

He never came back home and was not in contact with us. Our request to the government is to hand over his body to us so that we can see him for the last time and perform last rites according to our traditions, said Kishenjis elder brother Anjaneyulu.

Revolutionary poet P. Varvara Rao, who too broke down on learning about the death, recalled that Kishenji joined the movement at a young age as he wanted to fight for the rights of the oppressed.

Born on Oct 10, 1953, in a Brahmin family, Kishenjis organisational skills impressed Peoples War Group (PWG) founder Kondapalli Seetaramayya and he picked him for PWG state secretary post.

A master strategist, Kishenji was believed to be the mastermind behind Seetaramayyas dramatic escape from Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad in 1984.

In 1986, on the direction of the party leadership he moved to Chhattisgarh and continued to strengthen the outfit in various states. He played a key role in the merger of PWG with Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) to form the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

He rose to become the politburo member of CPI-Maoist and was in charge of the outfit in West Bengal. He was the third key leader after Ganapathy and Sambala Kishore and was carrying a reward of Rs.19 lakh on his head.

His younger brother Venugopala Rao is central committee member and is believed to be active in the Andhra-Orissa border area.

Exams buy peace at Osmania University

Its exactly two years since the Union home minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, made the statement on Telan-gana that led to renewed hopes that the state would be formed.

Many agitations followed, and the most violent and frequent strikes were those spearheaded by students of Osmania University.

The OU campus became the centre of T-agitation, and the university resembled a war zone at that time, and classes and examinations were constantly disrupted.

Its a very different picture today. Peace has returned and students are busy preparing for various competitive exams.

The library, the Saraswathi temple and the open lawns of the campus are full of students studying hard for their exams. The university has built a reading hall that will remain open 24x7, since the library is open for only 12 hours.

Government jobs are still highly coveted and this is what is impelling students to take to their books rather than to politics.

The state government plans to issue notifications to fill 1.16 lakh posts in its various departments this month. APPSC has just issued Group-I notification and is scheduled to issue Group-II and IV notifications in January and February.

The improved performance of OU students in the recent Group-I, II and SI recruitment exams has also inspired students to aim for competitive exams.

The students themselves admit there is a big change between December 2009 and December 2011. Several of the student leaders are still in jail. Telangana is still important for us. But, we also want to build our careers. With a series of recruitment notifications lining up this month, its time to prepare well, said Mr Jagadeesh, a Ph.D scholar.

2012: Year of jobs in AP

With about 25 recruitment exams for government jobs to be held in the state in a single year, 2012 will create a record of sorts and is likely to be remembered in the history as the year of jobs. The recruitment exams are scheduled from February to December. While the universities and colleges have become centres for political agitations with students taking an active part in supporting Telangana and United Andhra Pradesh agitations since November 2009, the spate of fresh job notifications has forced them to take up serious studies and even join coaching centres. Be it the Osmania University, Kakatiya University, Nagarjuna University or Andhra University, the students are now focused on cracking exams for government jobs.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has created a record of sorts by announcing to fill 16,500 vacancies in various government departments by AP Public Service Commission in one year. Out of this, the APPSC has issued 30 notifications to fill nearly 10,000 posts within a week. The notifications for the remaining 6,500 vacancies are expected next week. The CMs ambitious 1-lakh government jobs in a year scheme will be implemented in 2012. YSR, the former CM, held the record of filling 50,000 teacher posts at one go in 2008.

As part of the CMs 1-lakh job scheme, the school education department has made arrangements to issue notifications to fill 35,000 teachers jobs in January 2012. The Police Recruitment Board will appoint nearly 20,000 constables and SIs. The revenue department has recently issued notifications to fill 8,500 VRO, VRA posts and has received over 10 lakh applications from students.

OU foreign students worried

Worried over the postponement of PG semester exams by a month, foreign students in Osmania University met vice-chancellor Prof. Satyanarayana and asked that the exams be held as scheduled. OU has about 1,000 foreign students. They are worried that their visa, which is linked to their academic schedule, could expire if the exams are postponed. They are also apprehensive about the additional expenses. The exams were postponed as local students cited the T-stir and demanded more time.

Professors call for university bandh

Professors across the state have decided to call a university bandh on March 21 to bring pressure on the government to resolve their long-pending demands.

The professors working in state universities are seeking the payment of the 2006 pay scale arrears from 2006 to 2009, enhancement of retirement age to 65 as per UGC regulations, the release of block grants to state universities and the filling up of vacant posts of Vice-Chancellors and Executive Committee members of various universities. The professors have decided to intensify their agitation as there was no response from the government. We have been holding relay hunger strikes since the last two weeks in all the universities. However, there has been no response from the government. We have decided to intensify our agitation by abstaining from duties and boycotting exam duties, said Professor B. Satyanarayana, president, Osmania University Teachers Association.

Prof. Satyanarayana said that even though the UGC is ready to give its share for the payment of arrears, the government has been delaying a decision on enhancing retirement age as mandated by the UGC.v

Law student dies in accident

N. Chandrashekar, a final year law student of Osmania University was a promising student. He had just four months left to complete his course but unfortunately he too died in the car mishap, says the principal of the Post Graduate College of Law, Osmania University. He was the brightest student in our college, who could have become a Supreme Court advocate in the near future, the principal and other faculty members said.

He along with three other friends who hailed from the Rangampet area of Warangal district, was heading for a New Year party at Shamirpet in the city on Saturday night, when their car was hit by another four-wheeler. Chandrashekar, and two others were killed in the accident, Athik, a third year law student and friend of Chandrashekar, said, Chandrashekar never used to smoke or drink and in fact he was a guide and mentor to all of his friends including those of us who were with him when he met with the accident.

Chandrashekar was the brightest in the college and he was an inspirational figure for all other students. It was unfortunate that he left us. He was about to appear for his ninth semester exam on January 3, said Dr G.Vinod Kumar, director and vice-principal of the PG College of Law, Basheerbagh. The Students Bar Association of the Osmania University also condoled the death of Chandrashekar.


The Osmania University has postponed its PG (MA- M.Sc- M.Com), MBA, LLB, BE exams scheduled for January 30 due to the bandh call. The MBA, BE, LLB (3-year) exams will be held on February 1, PG exams the next day and LLB (5-year) exams on February 3.

Meanwhile, about eight activists of the Osmania University Joint Action Committee and Tel-angana Students Joint Action Committee on Sunday stopped an RTC bus near Ramanthapur Doordarshan TV tower and damaged its window panes by hurling stones. Later, after evicting passengers, they set it on fire. The activists and political parties have called for a state bandh on Monday to protest the desecration of Ambedkar statues.

City girl tops in CA final exams

City girl Roohi Agarwal has topped the Chartered Accountants Final Examination, whose results were announced by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on Wednesday. Twenty-year-old Roohi Agarwal cleared the CA exam, considered to be the toughest among exams, and secured the first place at the national level in her very first attempt. The CA final exam has a pass percentage of less than 10 every year. About one lakh students take the exam, while only around 10,000 clear them.

Roohi pursued B.Com from Osmania University. Though a native of New Delhi, her family shifted to Hyderabad in 2008. Her father Ramesh Agarwal runs a steel rolling mill at Chegunta, in Medak district. Roohi also topped the 2008 CBSE class XII exams in the Delhi region by securing 96.6 per cent marks. I have been working hard to clear CA in the first attempt since the last three years. Though I expected good marks, topping the exam at the national-level was unexpected. I want to become a financial manager, said an elated Roohi. Another student from Vijayawada, P. Lakshmi Narayana, topped the national Common Proficiency Test (CPT), the results of which were announced on Wednesday. CPT is an entrance test for admission to the CA course

The life of an Osmanian

Whenever I mention to people that Im from Osmania University, their eyes widen and they ask me sarcastic questions like, So, when are you going on a fast?

Id like everyone to know that the Telangana issue is not the only thing that goes on in our college. Its just like any other engineering college in Hyderabad. We crib about our assignments, we sleep-eat during class, pick on our classmates, and have even successfully attempted mass bunking! Our college also has an open campus, so we go out as we wish. We enjoy a great deal of freedom and we use it wisely!

The most unique thing about our college has to be the department dogs, as we call them. Each branch has a separate set of dogs that always roam around that particular department. They recognise the scent of the students from the department, and bark at any newcomers. On my first visit to campus, I was absolutely terrified of the department dogs but eventually, I got used to them. They couldnt hurt a fly!

Osmania University is so large that its almost like a city in itself. Sometimes, we even use vehicles to go from one class to another. We have all types of students in our classes, from NRIs to those who live in villages. Its a unique blend but we learn a lot from each other.

Alumni hog OU hostels

Illegal boarders have occupied all the university hostels in the city, ever since the state government issued a spate of recruitment notifications to fill 1.16 lakh posts in various government departments. The problem is more rampant in Osmania Univer-sitys hostels due to its location in the heart of the city, which provides easy access to coaching centres to prepare for recruitment exams like APPSC Group-I, II, DSC teachers recruitment and police recruitment.

The girls hostels on the campus, which can accommodate 2,000 students, are overcrowded, with more than 4,000 inmates, half of them non-boarders. The hostels of JNTU-Hyderabad at Kukatpally are also facing similar problems with several non-boarders in occupation. Osmania University hostels can accommodate only 7,000 students, but nearly 13,000 students are currently staying here creating severe problems for genuine boarders. Genuine boarders have complained to the authorities that the illegals have forced their way into their rooms saying they are seniors. They have been threatening against complaining.

Even the mess authorities are finding it difficult to cope and are threatened by the illegal boarders. They are forced to dilute the quality of food to meet the additional demand.

Students choose exams to bypoll

University students in Telangana region have no time to campaign in the byelections to ensure the victory of candidates who had resigned for Telangana. Students are busy with semester exams and recruitment tests.

Students from the main universities in Telangana — Osmania, Kakatiya, Palamur, Telangana and Satavahana — had taken an active part in campaigning during the byelections last year and had ensured the victory of all the candidates who had resigned for Telangana with huge majorities and in their opponents losing deposits. This time, the missing students are giving jitters to the TRS and the BJP, which are fighting the elections solely on the Telangana plank.

The Joint Action Committees of Osmania and Kakatiya Universities (OUJAC and KUJAC) played a crucial role during the July 2010 bypolls. During the last bypolls in July 2010, the not so well known BJP candidate Y. Lakshminarayana defeated Congress stalwart and PCC president D. Srinivas in Nizamabad urban Assembly constituency. He later credited his victory to the extensive campaign by T-students. The campaign by students also helped the TRS to retain all the seats with huge margins.

Both TRS and BJP were expecting similar support from students this time. But to their shock, there is not much response from them, though only a week is left for polling. The differences in TJAC over supporting the TRS or BJP also led to confusion among students.

SET back as only 3% in AP manage to clear NET

There is good news for post-graduates who fail to clear the mandatory National Eligibility Test, conducted by the UGC for appointment as faculty in degree colleges and universities. They can now appear for the State Eligibility Test that the state will conduct from April this year. The Osmania University will conduct SET twice a year and students who pass it will be eligible for appointment as faculty and will receive salaries according to UGC norms.

The percentage of successful candidates appearing for NET is just two to three per cent in the state. Though the state government had abolished SET in 1998, it is reinstating it after 14 years. NET is held only in English and Hindi. Thus, students from a Telugu-medium background find it difficult to clear the NET. The advantage with SET is that students can take the test in Telugu. However, we will maintain standards along the lines of NET so that quality is not compromised, said Prof. Satyanarayana, the Vice-Chancellor of the Osmania University.

Out of approximately 10,000 students from the state who appear for NET twice a year, less than 300 clear it. Students have been demanding that the government reinstate SET for quite some time. After several representations by the students, the government has agreed to reinstate SET and the OU has been entrusted with the responsibility to conduct it. The OU had sought UGCs approval to reinstate SET. A UGC team will visit OU on Tuesday before giving approval. The OU has established a separate office for SET at the Centre for Distance Education on the campus. The office houses the chambers of the member-secretary and other staff members.

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Pro-Telangana students protest at Osmania University campus

Police lobbed tear-gas shells to disperse a group of protesting pro-Telangana students after being pelted with stones on the Osmania University (OU) campus in Hyderabad on Thursday. A bus too was burnt by the students, police said. Denouncing the Justice Srikrishna Committee report on Telangana and demanding a separate Telangana state, students tried to take out a march to the Raj Bhavan from the varsity campus and pelted stones at police after they were stopped, police said.
The situation is now under control, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Zone) Y Gangadhar said.

At least four students sustained injuries in the stone-pelting and were shifted to a hospital, the senior police officer said. It (injuries) has nothing to do with the firing of tear-gas shells, he said.Minutes after the Justice Srikrishna Committee report on Telangana statehood demand was made public by the Centre, the pro-Telangana students allegedly burnt a relief bus near the Arts College on the campus which had come to tow away another torched bus that set on fire last night.

Anticipating trouble, the Andhra Pradesh Police have already made elaborate security arrangements across the state with deployment of 50 companies of para-military forces in the three regions out of which 18 companies have been deployed in Hyderabad alone.

Bandh hits life, clashes again at Osmania University

Normal life was affected on the second consecutive day today in the ten districts of Telangana region while clashes erupted between students of Osmania University and the police for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. Police fired teargas shells to disperse a large number of students who tried to defy ban orders in the city by taking out a rally.
Trouble began when students tried to march out of the campus but were prevented by the police at the main gate.
Police officers asked students to return to the campus as prohibitory orders under section 144 of the criminal procedure code banning the assembly of five or more people were in force in the city.However, students tried to force their way through security barricades and pelted stones. The police retaliated with teargas.

According to eyewitnesses, a few media persons were injured in the stone pelting by students.The students continued to pelt stones on the police from inside the campus.Hyderabad police commissioner AK Khan denied reports that police opened fire on students. He told reporters that the police only used teargas to disperse students who were pelting stones.
Leaders of the students Joint Action Committee (JAC) said they were determined to go ahead with the rally to Gun Park, near the state assembly. A police officer said there was no permission for the rally in view of the ban orders.
Earlier, Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M. Kodandaram was arrested on Wednesday when he was heading towards Osmania University.

Kodandaram was taken into custody at the RTC cross roads for violating prohibitory orders, police said.The arrest triggered strong protest from students and other pro-Telangana groups.As many as 31 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed in Hyderabad to help in maintaining law and order. A total of 70 companies have been rushed to the Telangana region to tackle the protests.The campus was rocked by day-long clashes between students and police on Tuesday. Osmania University has again emerged as the nerve centre of the Telangana agitation.

Physical education is now a viable career option

Looking for a career in sports and physical education? If you are, there is now no need to be disheartened. Academics from some of Indias prominent universities running these courses say there are opportunities galore in the field, since health is a cause for increasing concern among the teeming millions of India.Universities and other educational institutions have also realised the importance of sports and physical education as a viable career option as well. Health has always been a matter of great concern for us. But now in this fast moving world we are neglecting it as we dont have time for ourselves, said V Satyanarayana, head of the department of physical education in Osmania University, Hyderabad.

This is the place where the need for a specialist physical instructor comes in. Nowadays, we have become health conscious and are joining gyms, yoga and aerobics classes and specialists in these fields are much in demand, he said. Osmania University, which produced cricketers like ML Jaisimha and Mohammed Azharuddin, as well as, renowned sports broadcaster Harsha Bhogle, offers physical education courses in both under-graduate and post-graduate levels.

Similar courses are also available in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior, which is the only deemed university in Asia in the field. Calcutta, Bangalore and Kerala universities also have such degree and postgraduate courses.

Not to be left behind, Delhi University has now decided to start a three-year degree course from the current academic year. It also plans to start a masters course well before the first batch graduates. Over half a dozen colleges affiliated to the university have already agreed to introduce the course and admissions are expected to start soon.

There is increasing interest in sports in our country. And there is a need for proper training and guidance to these enthusiasts. So we are promoting physical education and sports science as a subject in various universities, University Grants Commission chairman SK Thorat said.

The physical education course is divided in two parts – theory and application. The former deals with the science of physical education while the latter involves practical training in different sporting activities, fitness programmes, aerobics, gym operations, sports and event management and also sports journalism. LNIPE Vice-Chancellor Shibnath Mukhrejee feels this is a wide field and students opting for specialised courses in physical education and sports sciences can also get into coaching and psychology and team management.

There has been an urgent need to redefine the concepts of physical education and coaching in different sports. Coaches need to stay up-to-date in order to face the challenges posed by sports academies and coaching centres, he said.

Students who opt for such courses land up with coaching and other sports related jobs. We also have certificate programmes for coaches and only persons who have represented at least their university in a sport are eligible. Mukherjee added that LNIPE, run by the ministry of sports and youth affairs, also offers an adventure sports course which help people gain international assignments, thanks to the booming tourism sector.

Student dies, violence spreads

A 19-year-old student, who set himself on fire at Osmania University in support of a separate Telangana state, succumbed to injuries on Sunday. He had suffered 80 per cent burns, the police said. S. Yadaiah, a student of the citys Noble College, had set himself afire on Saturday. Fearing a backlash from the student community, the police sent the body to his native village Nagaram where he was cremated.

Violent agitations spread to other parts of the state. In Nalgonda, a group of pro-Telangana activists pelted stones at the vehicle of CPI-M MLA J. Ranga Reddy but he escaped unhurt. The police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse the mob. The CPI-M has opposed statehood for Telangana.Reacting to the Andhra governments claim that Maoist elements had entered Osmania University, the nerve centre of the ongoing agitation, to take advantage of the situation, Vice-Chancellor Tirupati Rao on Sunday said there were no Maoists on the campus.

45 injured as violence breaks out at Osmania University

Violence broke out at the Osmania University campus on Wednesday when police stopped students from staging a march with the the body of a youth who committed suicide by immolating himself apparently due to delay in formation of a separate Telangana state. Police said at least 30 students and 15 policemen, including Kachiguda ACP K Ramchander, were injured as the premises turned into a battlefield with students throwing stones and torching police vehicles.

Police burst teargas shells and fired rubber bullets and used water cannons to disperse them. Some mediapersons were
also hurt during the clashes.The violence broke out over shifting the body of K Venugopal Reddy, a 23-year-old final-year MCA student who set himself ablaze yesterday at the university, which has been a focal point for the youth demanding Telangana.

The students planned to take out Venugopals body in a procession towards Gun Park near Andhra Pradesh state assembly from the Arts College premises where the body was kept since yesterday. Hundreds of students gathered at the Arts College premises to pay their respects to Venugopal.But police stopped them from taking out any procession saying it may aggrevate the situation in view of the bandh being already observed in the city in support of Telangana.

Osmania tense over beef fest, ABVP calls for bandh

A student of the Osmania university in Hyderabad was stabbed for supporting a beef festival organised by several student groups opposing food fascism in hostels, police said Monday. The beef festival saw clashes, which saw five students being injured, and even led to vehicles being burnt. The situation in the university was tense as violence continued in the campus past midnight with a group of students attacking the C hostel and stabbing a student for supporting the beef festival. Police said the injured student was admitted to Gandhi Hospital.

Protestors set afire a bus of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC).The clashes broke out on Sunday night after some Dalit and left-wing student groups organised a beef festival on the campus, to highlight their demand for including beef in the hostel menu. Over 200 students and some professors attended the festival and ate various dishes made of beef.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists staged a protest against the festival and clashed with the organisers. The two groups attacked each other with stones and sticks. Five students were injured in the clashes. Two vehicles were also set afire.

Police used teargas shells and batons to disperse the clashing groups. The campus, which witnessed many violent protests over separate Telangana state during last two years, turned into a battlefield.The beef festival was organised by Telangana Students Association, Progressive Democratic Student Union, Student Federation of India and student groups from English and Foreign Languages University.

The organisers claimed that beef is the part of their cultural identity and an affordable source of nutrition. They said the festival was to oppose food fascism in university hostels.Supporting the demand, P.L. Visweswara Rao, former professor of communication and journalism at the university, said students have a right to seek a particular food. He alleged that the police and the university administration failed to protect the students participating in the festival.
The ABVP, which opposed the beef festival, called for university shutdown on Monday.

Police have sealed all the routes leading to the university and deployed additional police and paramilitary forces on the campus to prevent further clashes.

Easing the affiliation burden

Autonomy, smaller universities and cluster colleges are some of the affiliation reforms recommended by an UGC expert panel. With the State universities burdened with administrative work of affiliating and managing large number of colleges, a University Grants Commission expert committee has recommended affiliation reforms to improve the quality of innovation and research - the prime function of a university system.

Some of the colleges in the country, for instance, the Osmania University or the Bangalore University have close to 1,000 colleges affiliated to them. How would they manage these colleges and maintain standards? asks S.P. Thyagarajan, chairman of the expert committee which authored the report on affiliation reforms.

The committee studied the existing system in India and abroad, compiled and analysed views emanating from consultative meetings, worked out on an action plan and has made recommendations. The reforms suggested would be used by the UGC while chalking out schemes for the XII Plan.

To diffuse the burden of affiliating universities, a gradual step-wise formula has been suggested. Providing autonomy to colleges is the key, says Mr. Thyagarajan. The report suggests that the maximum number of colleges to be affiliated to any university should be limited to 100.

Any college that has been NAAC-accredited with A grade for the last five years may be elevated to the status of an autonomous college. These colleges need to be monitored and if they maintain quality over another term they may be awarded the status of unitary university. This is done parallel to the accreditation process, says Mr. Thyagarajan.
Also the bigger universities that have more than one campus may be divided into smaller universities. They need not lose their original stature, but be named based on the geographical location. The Mumbai University for instance may be named Mumbai North, South, and so on, as per the geographic location, while retaining the nomenclature Mumbai University explains Mr. Thyagarajan.

Introducing the cluster college system is another suggestion made to improve the output of colleges. This would involve neighbouring universities sharing human and infrastructure resources with proper norms and funding support. The first step in bringing about a better system for affiliation is to distribute the task to more colleges. Then a monitoring system should be in place to ensure that the autonomous body carries out its duties, without compromising on quality of education, explains Mr. Thyagarajan. For this, the report calls for the need for States to adopt and follow the UGC (Establishment and Maintenance of Private Universities) Regulations, 2010.

To make these recommendations a reality, there is need for the State Councils for Higher Education and the UGC to work in tandem, fix a timeframe to achieve specific targets during the XII plan period and ensure a monitoring mechanism consisting of experts in place.

Osmania university students to join anti-Kawal tiger reserve fight

ADILABAD: With several tribal groups raising a hue and cry against the decision to declare Kawal wildlife sanctuary as a tiger reserve, Telangana students, who have been in the forefront of the separate statehood movement, have now decided to take up cudgels against the move.

Osmania University students JAC along with the district unit of the Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika will conduct padayatras in the interior mandals to educate tribals, though the forest department has allayed the apprehensions of displacement of tribals.

Students have started touring villages and conducting door-to-door campaign against the tiger reserve. Villagers of Udampur and Allampalli in Utnoor mandal passed unanimous resolutions against the tiger reserve, emboldened by the student stir. The Kawal tiger reserve will have a core area of 839 square km and buffer zone of 1,123 sq km.

OU JAC chairman Jagan told that gram sabhas or panchayats should be consulted as per the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas ( PESA) Act, 1996, before acquiring land in the scheduled areas for any development project. But the forest officials did not bother to consult a single village panchayat, he said. He found fault with the government and forest officials for going ahead with the tiger reserve plan without taking the opinion of the majority adivasis, who would be displaced because of the project. Tribals would lose their legitimate right on the forest once they are evacuated from the forest limits, he observed.

Vidyarthi Vedika district president Sayanna pooh-poohed the Rs 10 lakh compensation offered by the government for the evacuees. The money dole would not change the lives of adivasis. Their life revolves around the forest and its produce, he explained. Tribals belonging to 42 habitations in Jannaram, Kadem, Khanapur, Indravelli and Utnoor mandals which will have to be evacuated for the proposed tiger reserve would lose their livelihood. We are students of this region and would fight until the government withdraws its proposal, Sayanna warned. The dalit groups are also trying to mobilise the people of 42 habitations in the forest area and its surroundings against the decision.

Hitesh Malhotra, principal chief conservator of forests, at a recent press conference in Hyderabad said that there was no proposal to evacuate or shift any village or habitation from the area. There is no question of any forcible evacuation. People will be shifted only if the gram sabhas of those habitations pass a resolution expressing their willingness to move out, he had said.

A senior forest official of Jannaram disputed the theory that the Kawal tiger reserve has only two tigers and not 7-8 wild cats. Once the conditions and habitat in the tiger reserve are improved, the tigers will come back because they would feel safe in their habitat. Also, the corridor linking Kawal with Maharashtra forest will be secure, he added.

Beef festival: professors condemn booking of cases

Over 93 professors and scholars in the capital in a signed statement expressed shock over cases that were booked against former Osmania University professors Dr. P.L. Vishewaswara Rao, Dr. Kancha Ilaiah, Dr. Ansari and others over the beef festival, which was recently organised at Osmania University.

The professors from University of Hyderabad (UoH), English and Foreign Language University (EFLU) and Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in a press release appealed to all the secular and democratic forces to condemn such

The beef festival on April 15 at Osmania University is an assertion of Dalit-Bahujan self respect and food culture. Nobody should force anybody not to eat what one wants to eat and nobody should force anybody to eat something that one doesn t want to eat. Preserving one s own food culture is democratic right of every individual. We oppose any attempt that thwarts this democratic freedom, they said in the press release.

Osmania University minority students to rally for Telangana in districts

HYDERABAD: Encouraged by the response it received for its recent public meeting at Osmania University campus, the Muslim Students Organization has decided to hold rallies in all districts of Telangana and form alliances with minorities, SC, ST and BC students to fight for a separate state.

MSO president Mohammed Habeebuddin Quadri said that there are large number of Assembly segments in Telanganafrom where Muslims candidates can win either on the voter-strength or with a little support from other communities. Though the Muslims have been backing the T movement, when it comes to giving party tickets, they are ignored by political parties, he said. The candidate who has been given the ticket is also not extended the required support by his or her political party. The example of TRS candidate Ibrahim losing Mahbubnagar byelection is a glaring example. Since he was a formidable candidate, his main opponent resorted to canards against him. The TRS failed to counter the dangerous campaign, he said. Quadri said that OU campus meeting which was titled Samajika Telangana Minoritila Rajakiya Prathinidhyam or the political role of minorities in Telangana based on social justice was supported by all SC, ST and BC organizations as well as the student JACs.

Osmania University Professor caught taking bribe

HYDERABAD: An assistant professor of the Osmania University, Chand Basha, was caught red-handed on Wednesday by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a research scholar for guiding him.

Acting on a complaint lodged by Banothu Chandrasekhar, a research scholar under Basha, ACB officials laid a trap at the professors office on the OU campus on Wednesday at about 10.45am. He was caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from the research scholar for guiding and giving instructions for his research work. The assistant professor had told the student that he will make it difficult for him to continue research if he fails to give the bribe, an investigating official said.

Dr Chand Basha, a resident of Borabanda, has been working as assistant professor with the department of microbiology, Osmania University since 2007. Basha is an investigator of three research projects, funded by various central government agencies, worth Rs 1.5 crore. The OU professor had taken three research fellows to assist him in the projects and each of them were paid a monthly stipend of Rs 18,000. Two of them are PhD students.

After the research scholars started getting their stipend, Basha started taking Rs 6,000 as bribe from each of them every month. Five months ago, he increased the amount to Rs 10,000. When he began pestering them to pay Rs 15,000 as monthly bribe, two students finally approached ACB sleuths. The assistant professor started demanding Rs 15,000 from the students saying that he had started building a house and required some additional amount, an ACB official said. As soon as the stipend amount was deposited in their bank accounts in May, Basha began demanding that they deposit Rs 20,000 in his bank account as his share. A trap was laid and the students recorded the conversations and promised to give him the money on Wednesday morning at his office.

The assistant professor was caught while accepting the bribe. A chemical test conducted on his fingers and wallet yielded positive results while the money was recovered from his wallet. The professor had been taking bribes from several other students as well. We will make them witnesses in the case, an ACB officer said. He was produced before the additional special judge for SPE and ACB cases, Hyderabad and was remanded in judicial custody.

Scholar-guide bond taking a beating

HYDERABAD: An assistant professor of Osmania University being caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau while accepting a bribe from his research scholar is only a minor indicator of an increasingly skewed scholar-guide relationship.

In the last one year alone, 20 cases have been slapped against guides from various departments of the seven universities located in the city with six of the most prominent cases being cross-referenced to University Grants Commission (UGC)s southern regional office, located in Hyderabad.

While taking a cut from the scholars research grant is just one among the many ills perpetrated by guides, students have also slapped cases of sexual harassment and even human rights violation against their guides.

As per UGC records, every
year, an average of 170 candidates
in AP enroll for PhD programmes after clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET). These cases have come to light at a time when an increasing number of students are writing the UGC conducted NET to qualify for direct PhDs. While the senior academic fraternity claims that tiffs between guides and students are founded on personal differences, records reveal that, for any given university, at least five students in the city ask for a change of guide every year.

Some of the cases that have come to UGCs notice include a complaint by a female scholar from Osmania Universitys chemistry department against her guide stating that she was denied entry into the lab for having rejected the latters demand for sexual favours.

In yet another such instance, a student at English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu) dropped out of the PhD programme after putting in seven years of research after his guide refused to accept his thesis.

Students have also complained of guides trying to exercise too much control over their personal lives.

Two students from University of Hyderabad had requested for a change of guide as they were being asked to help out in their supervisors household chores who was also preventing them from participating in student politics.

The scholarship wing of UGCs New Delhi office shows that, in the past, there have been several cases of guides from the state accepting contingency and JuniorSenior Research Fellowship grants on behalf of their students.

Among these cases, the most prominent ones are those related to misappropriation of the lump sum contingency grant of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per annum. In some cases, during maternity leave taken by female students, most of the fellowship grants, ranging between Rs 18,000 to Rs 30,000, is received by the guide, officials said.

In certain academic circles, it is a known and accepted thing that the guide would get a cut of the contingency grant. In some cases, guides strike deals with other students to share the grants with those who have cleared JRF, said Surender Singh, deputy secretary, UGC, New Delhi.

UGC officials at its New Delhi and Hyderabad offices state that while most of these complaints are buried within university departments, the more serious ones did come to their notice.

While we are just sent a copy of the complaint, most of these cases get resolved within the university itself, said G Srinivas, joint director, UGC regional, Hyderabad. However, those in the know of things said that in a very few cases do the guides actually get penalized. In what seems to be an open secret in academic circles, research guides, with designations from assistant professor to professor, meddle with the careers of several aspiring researchers. Interestingly, the most popular academics are known to trouble their scholars, observers said.

Osmania beef war

After the beef festival in Osmania University, Hyderabad, on April 15 — in which 1,500-2,000 students belonging to SC-ST-OBC communities and some faculty members participated — was attacked by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists, food culture has become an issue of national debate.

The ABVP and RSS attacked the students who ate beef, burnt media vans covering the festival and a bus on the Osmania campus. Predictably, they used only SC-ST-OBC students to get the job done. Osmania students, leaving behind their image as agitators for a separate Telangana state, became the harbingers of social reform that could protect the Muslims, who often face hostility sparked by the notion that it is ungodly to eat beef, even in this region.

Culture engenders passion and throughout history cultural battles have claimed more lives than wars fought over land. After human society entered the phase of organised religion, each religion formulated its own notion of God and structuralised its relationship with God- gods-prophets. In this process, many inimical relationships were established between religions, based often on the food habits of people and the theological definitions that had been worked out around them.

What is not so well known is that the Arya dharma was constructed around full-scale beef-eating in ancient India and the early opposition to that came from Jain Vardhaman Mahavir and the spiritual theory that required total abstinence from all forms of meat. Since it was not possible to sustain large human existence around only vegetarianism (at that time all plants were treated as lifeless), Jainism could not expand. The beef-eating Arya dharma continued to hold sway, perhaps till such time as Gautam Buddhas Buddhism gained in strength.

Buddha discovered the middle path between the Vedic multi-fold, violent spiritual dharma and the extreme non-violent Jain philosophy, and abolished all forms of animal sacrifices (within the Sangha), but allowed eating of meat, beef, pork and fish as purely need-based food items.

We do not have exact evidence when the Arya Brahmins became vegetarians. One theory is that they adopted the pure vegetarian food culture during Adi Shankaras anti-Buddhist Advaita campaigns. Though there are Brahmins who ritually eat meat and fish in several parts of western and eastern India, beef, somehow, has become a spiritual untouchable, maybe because of cow worship of Brahminism.

Beef may have gone out of Hindu food culture, but it has survived among SC-STs and some OBC communities.

In evolving vegetarianism, the influence of Jainism worked more than any other factor. During the phase of Islams expansion and British colonialism, Brahmins not only became rigid vegetarians but established a cow-worshipping culture and came to label Muslims and Christians as cow eaters.

They also re-worked their literary texts to say that vegetarians are sacred (pure) people and meat, beef and fish-eaters are chandaals. During this entire period they never cared to examine what the Sudras, Ati Sudras (Dalits) and Adivasis, who had nothing to do with Islam and Christianity, were eating. The preferred food of the vast masses continued to be meat, fish and beef.

During the freedom struggle, Brahminic vegetarianism got a further fillip with Mahatma Gandhi joining the bandwagon.

Gandhi, in fact, politicised food culture in a significant way. The RSS and its political wing, Jana Sangh, also adopted vegetarianism and cow protection (not buffalo and bull protection) as their post-Independence, nationalist, cultural ideology, without any regard for the democratic principle that what one eats must be left to the individual.

Till the days of the Mandal movement, the Bharatiya Janata Party (the new name of the Jana Sangh), remained weak because the Dalit-Bahujan masses suspected that its leaders wouldnt eat peoples food. It remained by and large a Brahmin-Baniya party. Till then, in fact, all parties were headed by Brahminic forces who took for granted that Gandhian Hinduism had acquired legitimacy. The communists never engaged with cultural issues, thinking that the masses would not like such an engagement. But they did not talk against any food culture.

After Independence, even academic institutions turned Brahminic vegetarian; several sociologists wrote what could be called Hindu sociology, dividing society into pure (vegetarian) and impure (meat, fish and beef-eating) castes.

Modern sociological theories, instead of suggesting methods of abolishing graded caste-based inequalities, added the new spiritual fascist language of social purity of vegetarianism and social impurity of non-vegetarianism. They, too, forgot that Indian Muslims and Christians would be bracketed as impure people. But the Indian Christians and Muslims know that their God created animals to provide food for humans. The Bible, for example, says, You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and that chews the cud. It further says that the camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; the pig, though, has a split hoof but does not chew the cud; therefore you must not eat their meat.

The Qurans prescriptions are on the same lines. But the Western Christian menu includes pork and the Muslim menu includes camel meat. It was the non-cow and non-pig-eating food culture that caused the Sepoy mutiny in India in 1857.

To overcome all these problems of food culture that India as a modern nation has inherited, we should adopt a democratic plural and individualist food culture without validating anything in spiritual terms. Universities ought to be agents of transformation.

SC-ST-OBC students come from uninhibited food cultural backgrounds and they think that the mess menu should be multi-cultural and not affect the individuals democratic right to eat any item. No religious culture (Hindu, Muslim, Christian) should control the food habits of people. In this respect, states must follow the Kerala model of keeping an all-inclusive menu in public spaces, and not the Gujarat model, where one religious culture rules the roost.

Osmania University registers 7 per cent drop in degree results

Blame it on agitations or falling academic standards, Osmania University, has seen a huge seven per cent drop in the annual examination results of its degree courses. Interestingly, the results have dipped for the third consecutive year.

This year the pass percentage is 42.87 while it was 49.22 last year, and the year before 55.86 per cent students passed the examinations. Out of the 62,103 who appeared for the final year exams 26,626 students cleared them. The disturbing factor is in the last five years the failures have increased by 15 per cent. The pass percentage was 57.81 in the year 2008.

The falling standards are being viewed in the wake of OU recognised as the University with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission (UGC) this year. Though the degree results pertain to the degree courses offered by the affiliated colleges it is the university that directly monitors their academic performance including the quality of infrastructure and teaching standards.

Several college principals admitted that the disturbed academic atmosphere affecting classroom instruction due to the agitations can be attributed to the falling pass percentage. Lack of seriousness was evident with regular boycotts and it affects even serious students, said a college principal, wishing anonymity. The Telangana agitation infused a sense of disorientation among students, felt a lecturer of a Government Degree College.

Lack of good teachers and teaching practices is also a factor. Majority colleges are run in apartments without requisite facilities like laboratories or qualified teachers. Unlike Intermediate course there is hardly any focus on degree students and they are ignored both by the colleges and the parents.

The university doesnt really monitor the performance of its students reflects from the fact that it doesnt have figures of students who passed from government colleges. Neither are there statistics of the performance of students of different social categories or districts. In the absence of such data how can it take corrective measures to improve the performance of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes students who need more support in terms of special classes or coaching? Surprisingly, there is no mechanism in place to study these aspects in a university that has been conferred with the University with Potential for Excellence by the UGC.

Osmania University registers 7 per cent drop in degree results

Blame it on agitations or falling academic standards, Osmania University, has seen a huge seven per cent drop in the annual examination results of its degree courses. Interestingly, the results have dipped for the third consecutive year.

This year the pass percentage is 42.87 while it was 49.22 last year, and the year before 55.86 per cent students passed the examinations. Out of the 62,103 who appeared for the final year exams 26,626 students cleared them. The disturbing factor is in the last five years the failures have increased by 15 per cent. The pass percentage was 57.81 in the year 2008.

The falling standards are being viewed in the wake of OU recognised as the University with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission (UGC) this year. Though the degree results pertain to the degree courses offered by the affiliated colleges it is the university that directly monitors their academic performance including the quality of infrastructure and teaching standards.

Several college principals admitted that the disturbed academic atmosphere affecting classroom instruction due to the agitations can be attributed to the falling pass percentage. Lack of seriousness was evident with regular boycotts and it affects even serious students, said a college principal, wishing anonymity. The Telangana agitation infused a sense of disorientation among students, felt a lecturer of a Government Degree College.

Lack of good teachers and teaching practices is also a factor. Majority colleges are run in apartments without requisite facilities like laboratories or qualified teachers. Unlike Intermediate course there is hardly any focus on degree students and they are ignored both by the colleges and the parents.

The university doesnt really monitor the performance of its students reflects from the fact that it doesnt have figures of students who passed from government colleges. Neither are there statistics of the performance of students of different social categories or districts. In the absence of such data how can it take corrective measures to improve the performance of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes students who need more support in terms of special classes or coaching? Surprisingly, there is no mechanism in place to study these aspects in a university that has been conferred with the University with Potential for Excellence by the UGC.

OU 6th best university in country

HYDERABAD: Osmania University has been ranked sixth among Indias best universities as per a survey conducted by the India Today-Nielsen for� 2012. The varsity was ranked seventh last year.

A total of 160 universities have been ranked based on perpetual and factual scores� on parameters like reputation, quality of academic input, faculty, research publications, etc.

University vice-chancellor Prof S Satynarayana said that the ranking will help get more funds from various funding agencies including the University Grants Commission.

Eflu VC to take on board views of all

HYDERABAD: A day after she took charge, the newly-appointed vice chancellor (VC) of English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu), Sunaina Singh, was bursting with ideas to better the academic atmosphere on campus. At a media conference held in the city on Tuesday , Singh said that her first job would be to build consensus among students, teaching and non-teaching staff. Ever since previous VC Abhai Maurya had stepped down in June 2010, the campus did not have a head and was caught in an administrative quagmire and torn by group politics.

Singh, who was heading the English department of Osmania University until Monday, said that she would be working with all stakeholders to sort out issues. Her first job would be to hold talks with the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to get funds and support for various projects , which have been pending for some years now. From developing new campuses in Haryana and Kerala to finding a permanent campus for the university in the state, the new vice-chancellor said that all administrative matters were going to be put in top gear. Admitting that there was no scope for further expansion of the campus , she said that she would have to hold talks with all stakeholders of the university to decide what the future course of development should be. Infrastructure including accommodation for students and staff is an issue we need to look into soon, the VC said.

YSR Congress wooing OU student leaders?

HYDERABAD: Is the YSR Congress Party trying to gain a foothold in Osmania University, the hotbed of Telangana movement? If some student leaders are to be believed, the answer is a firm yes. It appears that the party wants to have its own student wing on the campus much like the BJP and the TRS.

The student leaders claim that the party has now realised that students and OU are an integral part of protests and allege that it wants to use them to create its own force in the university.
Only those students who are apolitical and independent have been approached so far and they claim to have declined the offers.

M Krishank, one of the leaders who claimed to have received a call from the party, said, This is a trick used to lure students in order to use them for instigating violence.

Another student leader M Bhaskar said he and his comrades would never join the party, even if invited, as it was against a separate Telangana. Both student leaders are of the view that they will not be anything but pawns in a much larger game.
We will not be used nor will we allow any other student wing to be floated in Osmania University. We agitate for Telangana, for students, not for corrupt and tainted politicians, said Krishank.

The YSR Congress Party has its own farmers wing, teachers wing, trade union, youth wing, IT wing, womens wing, and a youth wing, but it does not have any presence in Osmania University.

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