‘Non-local’ lecturers evaluating examination papers of the B.Ed. course were attacked by a group of Osmania University Students’ Joint Action Committee (OUSJAC) here on the university campus on Saturday, triggering protests from across Andhra Pradesh.
Unnerved by the attack, the lecturers fled the evaluation centre forcing the authorities to stop the evaluation even as a small group of policemen tried in vain to stop the mob.
Nearly 50 members of the OUSJAC barged into the centre around 11 a.m. raising slogans to stop the evaluation by lecturers from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.
They picked up an argument with the co-ordinators at the centre alleging that non-local lecturers were evaluating with bias and it was harming the interests of students from Telangana.
They were in no mood to listen to the version of the co-ordinators that the evaluation was strictly on merit.
Even as heated arguments were on, some students entered the hall and snatched the exam papers.
“We went there to express our concern, but the examiners humiliated us by laughing at our apprehensions,” JAC leader Pidamarthi Ravi said later.
Meanwhile, policemen posted at the examination branch rushed to the centre. But by then the agitators had begun driving away the lecturers from the hall. The scared women lecturers were escorted out by the police and the university security personnel.
Strangely, the university authorities failed to lodge a complaint with the police till 6 p.m.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan called up the university Registrar, Beena, and enquired about the attack.
“The Governor directed us to initiate penal action against the accused and ensure such incidents did not recur,” Ms. Beena told reporters.
The JAC leaders said they would continue to agitate against evaluation of exam papers by non-local lecturers