HYDERABAD: Osmania University (OU), which was once the nerve centre for Telangana statehood agitations and has been serving as a platform for raising protests over a wide range of issues even after formation of the state, will henceforth be devoid of any form of protests.
The university administration on Wednesday sent out a media release saying that, “Activities which are unrelated to academics and research such as political and public meetings will not be permitted on the campus.”
Like ‘dharna chowk’ at Indira Park which has been proposed to be shifted by the state government, Arts College at the university has been serving as an important platform for students since decades for raising issues ranging from academic to even policies of state and Central governments, in which sometimes political leaders have also participated.
The Nirudyoga Vidyarthi Joint Action Committee formed by OU student leaders has been questioning the state government on non-fulfillment of promises on provision of employment made by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao before formation of the state.
The ban on protests by OU administration now, comes in the backdrop of beef festival planned to be organised on June 30 on the university campus against the Central government’s regulations prohibiting sale of cattle for slaughter and a pork festival planned on the same day as a counter to it.
The release by OU said, “The university has been established for the purpose of imparting higher education and conducting research in various disciplines. The primary objective of the university is purely academic and research- oriented. It is, therefore, informed to all the concerned including the teachers, students and staff that activities which are unrelated to academics will not be permitted on the campus.”