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OU faculty miffed over meagre allocation

Education Newscame as a disappointment for authorities who said development was not possible in the coming academic year. Angry teachers now say they are mulling a strike to protest.

The university, which has over 700 affi liated colleges, had asked for Rs 450 crore to undertake developmental activities. But the allocation is hardly enough to meet even salaries and pension of teaching and non-teaching staff, offi cials said.

“The campus will not see any new construction and maintenance work too will suffer since Rs 320 crore is required for covering salary expenditure alone. Unless the varsity gets more grants we will not be able to function,” said B Satyanarayana, president of OU Teachers Association (OUTA).

The varsity would be in no position to complete even the electric and water works that commenced a year ago let alone undertaking construction of new hostels and maintenance of classrooms. The faculty members said that they might have to go on strike if the government failed to hike the budget to cover their salaries.

“We have requested the government to release more funds. If it does not meet our needs we might have to go on strike,” Satyanarayana said.

OU was the hotbed of Telangana statehood movement and gave TRS an MP and an MLA, but now stands neglected, students lamented. “At one point of time, the varsity was the most sought after place for the TRS. Once it assumed power the government does not want to support the university,” said Manavata Rai, a student leader.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) members are expected to visit the university during the coming academic year for inspection. “Without any noteworthy development the chance of OU getting a good NAAC ranking is grim. A poor rank will further undermine its chances of getting funds from University Grants Commission,” Rai said.

Source: TOI

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