HYDERABAD : Amid increasing demand for exclusion of educational institutions in the ongoing Sakala Janula Samme, a group of parents and students staged a protest in front of a private junior college at Kukatpally demanding the management to begin classes keeping in view the future of the students.
Mild tension prevailed at the college as some pro-Telangana activists arrived there and picked up an argument with the protestors and said they would not allow the college to function.
A group of students and their parents reached NRI junior college in KPHB colony on Monday to demand the management to start classes but they found a board stating that the institution is closed due to the strike.
Educational institutions were scheduled to start classes from Monday after Dasara vacation but several of them chose to close in view of the strike.
The parents picked up an argument with the management saying the future of their children is at stake with the closure of colleges.
As the parents tried to force their way inside, a group of pro-T activists also reached there and an argument ensued between the two groups.
The T supporters said they would not allow colleges to function till the Centre makes an announcement in favour of Telangana.
“How can you force the colleges to start classes when the entire region is on the boil and more than 600 students have committed suicide for the cause,’’ the Telangana activists questioned the parents.
The latter, however, contended that their children would not be able to complete the syllabus with the frequent bandhs.
As tempers ran high, some persons said to be Telangana activists pelted stones at the college damaging glass panes.
Sensing trouble, police intervened and dispersed both the groups.
Telangana activists later held negotiations with the college management and the latter assured that they would not start classes till the situation improves.
No case has been registered by the police.
Source : Indian Express
HYDERABAD: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU)-Hyderabad, with over 415 colleges affiliated to it, might soon be forced to relocate from its 100-acre campus at Kukatpally. The Kukatpally Housing Board that owns the land on which the university stands has served eviction notice on the university stating that the lease period of 30 years had already expired.
While the land was leased out to the university at its inception in 1980 for a lease of Rs 1 lakh per annum, at present the board wants the university to either purchase the land for Rs 100 crore or take it on lease for Rs 1.26 crore per year.
“We get just about Rs 16 crores as grants out of which Rs 10 crore is paid back to the government under various labels. We will not be able to spare Rs 1.2 crores to KPHB every year,” said D N Reddy, vice-chancellor, JNTU. The JNTU campus has over 24 to 25 buildings. “We cannot give away the campus to the board after spending crores on developing it,” the VC said. The university authorities had earlier asked the state to intervene and exempt the university from such a huge lease amount. While the matter was brought to the notice of minister for higher education, Damodar Raja Narasimha, no action has been taken so far due to the political turmoil in the state.
Meanwhile, officials of Kukatpally housing board stated that the university should make the state government purchase the land. “Over 10 acres of land that was given to the university on lease is now occupied by private parties. The university did not take enough care to protect the land,” alleged board officials.
Source : TOI