Press Esc to close
Sunday 07 February 2016
News updated at 1:57 PM IST
Weather
Max: 32°C
Min : 18°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

OU students want removal of religious structures

Hyderabad, May 1, 2013, DHNS:

The sight of agitating students at Osmania University may not be an unusual one, but the reason for their protest this time around has nothing to do with exams, syllabus or even the politically sensitive Telangana statehood issue.

Following the damage to an idol in a temple on the University campus by a group, the students are asking varsity authorities to remove mandirs and mosques from the campus, alleging that they have no place in a secular institution.

A recent RTI query by two OU research scholars revealed that there are 15 temples and 10 mosques and dargahs on the campus which are allegedly illegal and have no relevance since they did not officially exist when the last Nizam made the grant to the University hundred years ago.

While only one structure, Sainuddin Mosque, was allotted 22 cents of land during the Nizam period, the other religious structures are basically 'encroachment' of the varsity's property, the RTI reply said.

It further added that places of worship were not given to any party "either on lease or free".

Student groups, including the All India Students' Front, Progressive Democratic Students' Union, Telangana Vidyarthi Vibhag, Students' Federation of India, Bahujan Students' Front, Telangana Students' Association, Dalit Students' Union and Tribal Students' Union, have demanded the removal of these religious structures, accusing university authorities of not acting on their demand since last September.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
CRPF women wing showing their skills at Lucknow Mahotsav on Saturday...

CRPF women wing showing their skills at Lucknow Mahotsav on Saturday...

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrating the first birthday of his daughter Ziva...

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrating the first birthday of his daughter Ziva...

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attend the 'Pride March'...

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attend the 'Pride March'...

Guest lecturers staged a protest in front of District in charge minister Qamarull Islamaaos house...

Guest lecturers staged a protest in front of District in charge minister Qamarull Islamaaos house...

Participants perform yoga during the “Yoga Festival celebration of Peace & Harmony”...

Participants perform yoga during the “Yoga Festival celebration of Peace & Harmony”...

Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria shows her gold medal that she wom in women's 200-metre freestyle...

Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria shows her gold medal that she wom in women's 200-metre freestyle...

Gold Medal winner Priyanka Singh of India (C), silver medal winner SPS Niroshani of Sri Lanka (L)...

Gold Medal winner Priyanka Singh of India (C), silver medal winner SPS Niroshani of Sri Lanka (L)...

Gold medal winner Harshdeep of India, silver medal winner Chamari Mendis...

Gold medal winner Harshdeep of India, silver medal winner Chamari Mendis...

India's Guru Raja competes to win gold in the 56 kg men's weightlifting event...

India's Guru Raja competes to win gold in the 56 kg men's weightlifting event...

Gold medal winner in 30 kilometre cycle race Bidyalaxmi Tourangbam (C), silver medal winner Chaoba..

Gold medal winner in 30 kilometre cycle race Bidyalaxmi Tourangbam (C), silver medal winner Chaoba..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523