Science Congress in Hyd postponed, OU cites security reasons

Thursday, 21 Dec, 2017

Sources told Mirror that the OU authorities have communicated to the state government (higher education department) that the prevailing conditions on the campus have the potentiality to cause disturbance to the prestigious event in which 15 science Noble laureates from different countries are expected to participate along with over 2000 scientists.

In a rather unexpected move, the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) on Thursday postponed indefinitely the Indian Science Congress scheduled to be hosted by the Osmania University here from January 3 to 7.

It was officially announced by Indian Science Congress Association and Osmania University on Thursday. The Indian Science Congress Association said on its website that the university's vice chancellor has expressed inability to host the event due to certain issues on the campus.

Officials at the university thought student would organise protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was slotted to attend the congress, on the issue of discriminating against Dalits.

There has been simmering discontentment about the lack of employment opportunities for young people in Telangana, particularly in the government, which the university felt would translate into protests against state chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao as well, according to the Indian Express.

"The Osmania University, which was established in 1917, is celebrating the centenary year and if the prestigious Science Congress is held outside the campus, it would be not only an insult but also draw a tremendous amount of criticism", an official said. Notably, a 20-year-old student had allegedly committed suicide on December 3 on the campus. His suicide note reportedly said he thought he would fail his exams, but other students have claimed the note was not in his handwriting. Accordingly, the university submitted a report. There were violent protests by students who tried to take out a rally demanding jobs previous year. For smooth conduct of the conference, the university had already postponed the end semester examinations of postgraduate courses. "A formal decision will be taken at the organising committee meeting on December 27". No announcements have been made yet on whether it will be shifted to a new venue or simply held at a later date.

Katuri Manvatha Roy, Chairman unemployed JAC said, "Though there is lots of confusion regarding the venue, preparations of hosting the ISC have started in the A and C grounds in the campus, which shows that the main event can happen in the varsity itself".