In a bizarre show of parochialism, students from the Telangana region assaulted lecturer-evaluators from the Andhra region in Osmania University here on Saturday.
The students claimed that non-Telangana teachers would never be fair when evaluating their B. Ed examination papers and chased and assaulted half a dozen teachers. The rest fled for life.
Andhra Pradesh has been virtually divided between the Telangana and Rayalaseema regions, which formed the state in 1956. The demand for a separate Telangana that includes state capital Hyderabad also, later gained ground.
On December 9, 2009, the Union government announced that the process for forming a separate state would be considered after the assembly passed a resolution to that effect.
The Centre formed a five-member committee, headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna to study the feasibility of a separate Telangana state.
Earlier on Saturday, the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee (TSJAC) gave the evaluators two hours to leave the campus before the evaluation began on Saturday afternoon.
While some of the lecturers left the campus, others remained as the university authorities had promised protection. After the two-hour deadline expired, the TSJAC leaders entered the halls and started chasing the teachers out.
“We came here for the spot evaluations at the invitation of the university. It was like attacking your guests after inviting them home,” said a lecturer who was assaulted.
The incident, however, attracted criticism from many quarters, especially from educationists in Telangana.
Chuka Ramaiah, educationist and an MLC, said, “They (the evaluators) do not even know the name of the students when they evaluate the papers.”