ANDHRA PRADESH

Tension on SVU campus over water problem in hostels

TIRUPATI. Feb. 26. Mild tension prevailed on the S.V. University campus when students belonging to the Congress-led NSUI held angry demonstrations in front of the administrative building denouncing the alleged callous attitude of university authorities towards tackling the drinking water problem in hostel blocks.

Demonstrators led by the NSUI leaders -- Thulasikumar and Prabhakar Reddy -- also protested against the hike in minimum eligibility marks to appear for the University's Research Common Entrance Test (RECET) from 40 to 50.

Their other complaints were authorities' insisting on the clearance of their unpaid mess bills to get hall tickets for the examination. Altercation between students and the police led to mild tension on the campus with the latter giving a stern warning to the agitationists to clear off or face the police fury for disrupting peace on the campus.

The student leaders condemned the alleged provocative utterances of police officials and demanded that the SP initiate disciplinary proceedings against all concerned.

Meanwhile, the SVU's Registrar, in a statement, answering the issues raised by the students said that the eligibility marks for the RECET was hiked to improve the quality of research and said that the water scarcity was due to the fall in supply to the campus by the municipality from 3.5 lakh gallons to 2 or 2.5 lakh gallons.