The university is set to conduct semester-end exams for first to third year students from October 13. The protest, led by the National Students Union of India, saw hundreds of students gathering in front of the main gate and raising slogans against the university. Some students tried to barge into the university by trying to climb the university gate.
“The university’s decision to conduct the semester exams is arbitrary as our syllabus was not completed and classes for the next semester commenced amidst all this. We want the university to promote all students,” said a student.
Students and NSUI members who gathered at the JNTU-H gate were taken into preventive custody by KPHB colony police. “Total 37 members were taken into preventive custody. However, an hour after the crowd dispersed, some 21 members again gathered and continued the protest,” said Laxmi Narayana, KPHB Colony inspector.
Close to 55 cops were deployed at the spot after the protest started at around 11.30 am. According to police, the students gathered to protest without any prior permission, obstructing the traffic.
Total 21 members were booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.), Section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and Section 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code. “They were released on bail,” said the inspector.
Despite the protest, the university authorities said that the exams will be held as per schedule. “We are conducting only supplementary exams in October where the number of students appearing is very less. In the second phase, regular exams will be held in November. We are allowing students to appear for the special exam as a one-time measure. Those who are not willing to appear for this phase can appear for the special exams later,” Kamakshi Prasad, director (evaluation), JNTUH told TOI.