Not too long ago, students of Post-Graduate College of Law, Basheerbagh, protested because the administration had failed to provide them with hostel and mess facilities. Students approached the Human Rights Commission and the High Court. After the students won the case, the management provided them with hostel facilities.
However, the story does not end there. The students have not been given mess facilities till date. Therefore, the students boycotted the final semester exams, which were scheduled to start on July 18.
“We have been fighting for our rights. We approached the highest power, the High Court, but no respite. Hence, we boycotted the main semester exams. At least now we hope that the management knows how serious we are and to what extent we can go for our rights,” said Kaushik Pranav, a third-year student.
All other colleges affiliated to Osmania University have also had to postpone their exams. G Vinod Kumar, vice-principal of the college, said, “We have been pacifying students but they have been facing this problem for the last three years. The vice-chancellor has returned and in a day or two, we will solve the problem. But this time, if the management does not solve the problem, the issue will lead to bigger problems. Students have been suffering due to postponement of the exams.”
This is not the first time in the recent past that exams have been postponed. Most students in the college are from Telugu medium backgrounds and should be given basic amenities, say students. The college has 120 students, many of whom have come from the interiors of Andhra Pradesh.
“Before we joined the college, we were told that hostel and mess would be provided but after we got here, they denied promising anything. We have been suffering for the last one and a half years. Most students are from Telugu medium backgrounds and have come from far-off places. For their interests, we are ready to let go of our academics and fight for basic rights,” says Vikram Chandra, a student.
Reason for boycotting exams in the past
Separate Telangana State.
No hostel facilities
No mess facilities.
Facts about Bathsheba College of Law
Started in: 1991
Part of Osmania Law College
Number of students: 120
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