The frequent disruptions of academic activities in universities of Telangana region have resulted in about two lakh students failing to renew their scholarships and fee reimbursement scheme within the due date of July 31. Students have to submit copies of the previous academic year’s mark sheet (2010-11) to get their scholarships and fee reimbursement scheme renewed. If the copies of the mark sheet are not attested, the online system rejects the applications.
However, the universities in Telangana region have failed to release the results of various undergraduate and postgraduate exams held in May due to delay in the conduct of exams on account of frequent boycott of exams and bandhs called by various student unions demanding statehood. Out of a total of 12 lakh students eligible for renewal, only 10 lakh submitted the applications within the due date of July 31.
However, the government has decided to extend the due date to August 20 to facilitate remaining students to renew their applications. The situation is worse in the districts which come under the jurisdiction of the Osmania University and Kakatiya University, the two prime universities in the Telangana region. Both universities witnessed frequent disruption to academic acti-vities and exams during the last academic year 2010-11 on account of T-agitations.
The Osmania University Joint Action Committee and the Kakatiya University Joint Action Committee have been actively involved in various agitation programmes during the previous academic year 2010-11. They boycotted various semester exams several times, forcing authorities to reschedule them. The situation worsened to such a stage that students came close to losing an academic year at one point. Osmania University had to cancel summer holidays and conduct exams in May and June in order to save one academic year of the students. However, this resulted in the delay in announcement of results. “We have extended the due date to August 20. We urge universities to declare results to enable students to renew their scholarships and fee reimbursement scheme. No further extension will be given,” said Mr Raymond Peter, principal secretary, social welfare department. Deccan Chronicle