The prestigious Osmania University has been allocated an amount of Rs 238 crore in the budget. It has over 700 affiliated colleges under it. However the university claims to require Rs 450 for developmental activities. This has annoyed the teachers and they are planning to protest against the low allocation as the budgeted amount will hardly meet the salaries and pensions of the teaching and the non teaching staff.
For payment of the salaries alone Rs 320 crore is required. This will hinder the new construction and maintenance work.
The electricity and water works that were initiated a year ago, also won't be able to be completed. Construction of New hostels that were under the view of the administration and the maintenance of classrooms remains far behind with the low budget.
B Satyanarayana, president of OU Teachers Association (OUTA) told that the faculty members have decided to go on a strike if the government fails to hike the budget to cover their salaries. It is impossible to manage the varsity if grants are not given.
The Telangana statehood movement laid its foundation with OU. The students feel that even after giving TRS a MP and a MLA the university has not be given due consideration.
A student leader said that after gaining power TRS has not supported the university.
An inspection by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is due in the upcoming academic year. Without remarkable development, the OU is sure to rank low in the NAAC rankings. This will further damage the university's reputation and it will unable to receive funds from the University Grants Commission.
The government should in any case take this in consideration and look into the progress of the varsity.
The students are bound to suffer through strikes hence the government should also stop the planned strike at the affiliated colleges.